Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim

Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim is an action role-playing video game developed by Nihon Falcom, and the sixth installment in the Ys video game series. It was first released in 2003 for Microsoft Windows. Not counting the remakes of Ys I & II, it was the first new Ys game released by Falcom in eight years. The name Napishtim is a reference to the character Utnapishtim from the Epic of Gilgamesh.

The game was ported to the PlayStation 2 in 2005 and to the PlayStation Portable in 2006 by Konami for worldwide release. It was the first English release of the series since Ys III: Wanderers from Ys. In 2015, an English localization of the Windows version was released by Xseed Games.

The game is used as a base for the upcoming free-to-play game Ys VI Online by Restar Games. It is planned for release on Android and iOS in Q2 2021 in Japan.

Ys VI expands on the mechanics introduced in Ys III and V in that players are given much more control over Adol including the ability to jump and control his attacks and various magics. Areas are presented in 3D graphics. Character, monster and minor bosses are presented using pre-rendered 3D sprites (except in the PS2 version, which uses 3D models). Larger bosses are presented using full 3D models.

The story begins after Adol's ship is attacked by a fleet of Romun ships. Forced to sail into an unknown area, they encounter a large storm. Adol is swept off the vessel while trying to rescue a fellow sailor and washed ashore by the vortex that surrounds the Canaan Islands. He is found, unconscious, by the nieces of the chieftain of the nearby Rehda village, Olha and Isha, who are the daughters of his brother that died when battling with fellow Redha against the Wandering Calamity. The girls take him to their village and lay him to rest in their Uncle Ord's house. Adol hears them talking about him and wakes up briefly, afterwards going back to sleep because of his exhaustion. His adventure then begins.

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