legacy-ofysNot only that the company now delivers free soundtrack CDs with their games, but Atlus also likes to bring in extra goodies to the gameplay. For example, the developers have announced that the upcoming Legacy of Ys: Books I & II will deliver DS owners a never-before-seen area in the form of a brand new level.

Marking the site of a massive disaster that occurred 700 years ago is the Vageux-Vardette, a huge crater in the center of Esteria. Though the nature of the disaster has since faded from memory, the area within its rim is considered sacred and to tread upon its ground is forbidden. Since the appearance of the Veil of Storms months before, horrible howls and screams have haunted the land. In past version of Ys, the Vageux-Vardette was only mentioned in passing, but now it will become explorable.

“The Vageux-Vardette is one of the more eye-catching aspects of Ys I geography, and now Nintendo DS players can explore the natural expansion of the Ys universe in an exclusive new level,” said Sam Mullen Project Lead of Legacy of Ys: Books I & II.

Legacy of Ys: Books I & II is now scheduled for release on February 24, 2009, and the game will deliver, alongside the new area two games on one cartridge package, a new multiplayer mode and a soundtrack CD.