What’s one way to make a good game, even better? Well, in Ys IX: Monstrum Nox’s case, it’s to add multiplayer co-op. Which is what NIS America and Nihon Falcom have done.
Starting today, the PC (Steam) version of Ys IX: Monstrum Nox includes a co-op mode, which has been added with patch 1.1.2. This includes being able to play either locally or remotely using Steam’s Remote Play Together mode. Adding co-op instantly makes things interesting as both players are able to use all of the character’s abilities. Both players will be required to own a copy of the game. Sadly, this doesn’t introduce the ability to play the game in a split-screen mode.
In order to enable the co-op mode, players will be required to head to the settings section and enable the feature. Ys IX: Monstrum Nox’s co-op mode is not activated by default. Once that’s done, at any point of the game where two characters are enabled, a second player will be to control the other character. Keep in mind that the co-op mode is experimental and you may notice some issues. Should that happen, please be sure to report your findings to NIS America.
Unfortunately, the co-op mode is exclusive to the PC version. Still, being able to jump into one of the better Ys titles with another player sounds like a blast. Patch (1.1.2) also brings support for aspect ratios narrower than 16:9. This will be useful when the Steam Deck is finally released, as it utilizes a 16:10 ratio screen.
Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is currently available on PS4, PC, and Switch.