Post by Copyrighted Name on Aug 21, 2008 21:47:09 GMT -5
Weird thing I've noticed in regards to Ys IV... As we all know, Mask of the Sun is the official continuation of the series, while Dawn of Ys is officially uncanon'd. What I find odd is that ALL Ys IV-related items promote Dawn of Ys. The anime and CDs use the Dawn of Ys subtitle, the music tracks correspond to where they're used in Dawn of Ys, and the artwork all uses Dawn of Ys' designs. I guess I'm just wondering what the deal is with that.
It was a bigger budget game. While the Dawn staff messed up the script, their game still got more popular. They put more marketing and money into it. And they had the right user group. The SFC was a way more successful system than the PC Engine, but the Ys fans weren't Nintendo players. They were either using NEC PC-9800 or NEC PC Engine. Hudson hired a big name artist for the artwork (don't remember his name) and then they used his designs for the anime, and Hudson also hired that popular music arranger (don't remember his name either). And then released soundtrack CDs with his arranged music.
Tokyo Shoseki (also a big company) who had the rights for Mask, didn't put a whole lot of money into it. Mask's presentation is overall pretty low, and there wasn't much marketing for it either I believe (they did have a tv commercial, at least). The artwork and music were made by "nobodies", so that didn't get much attention either.
Sega Falcom were working on Ys IV (Mask of the Sun) for Mega-CD. If it had been released, things might have been different. Probably not, though, as the Mega-CD was a failure, and that's also why the game got cancelled.