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Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
Genre: RPG/Action
Publisher: NIS America
Developer: Nihon Falcom
Release Date: April 16, 2018

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'Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana' (ALL) Further Delayed On PC

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2018 @ 5:14 p.m. PST

The Ys franchise returns with a brand new action/RPG adventure for the first time in 8 years!

Adol awakens shipwrecked and stranded on a cursed island. There, he and the other shipwrecked passengers he rescues form a village to challenge fearsome beasts and mysterious ruins on the isolated island.

Amidst this, Adol begins to dream of a mysterious blue-haired maiden living in an unknown world. Join Adol as he unravels the riddle of the cursed isle and the blue-haired maiden Dana in Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana!

Originally scheduled for release on September 12, 2017 to coincide with the PS4 and Vita launch, the PC version was pushed back until further notice to improve gameplay quality, then set for January 30, 2018, which has now been delayed again due to framerate and memory leak issues.

To all of you who have been anxiously awaiting the PC release of Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA, we have a very regrettable announcement: we are once again pushing the release to an as-of-yet indeterminate date. We sincerely apologize for this delay, and we would like to explain in detail the reason why we are proceeding with the delay. This decision was not made lightly, and we understand that many of you will be upset about this news. For that, and most importantly, for the delay, we are very sorry.

Please note, however, that this announcement does not affect the relocalization update patch planned for January 30th for the PS4 and Vita versions of the game.

Low framerate issues and memory leak problems were apparent from the earliest PC builds we received. To help combat these, we looked into the drawing processes, which lead to an overall improvement in performance. However, we are still encountering framerate drops in specific circumstances. The systems regulating these framerate issues are heavily reliant on the architecture of the original PlayStation 4 version and, as such, are not existent in PC architecture. The memory leak issues are somewhat less complicated and expected to be resolved this weekend. But in order to solve these issues, we have determined that we must modify the core level of data in the game.

As the PC version of the game was originally envisioned as a port, we avoided touching the core programming as much as possible and focused on PC performance optimization. However, in light of the feedback of those who have participated in the second beta test, we have concluded that we cannot avoid modifying the core programming.

Once the changes from the relocalization efforts have been implemented at the end of this month, we will be moving development to an entirely different developer who will primarily focus on frame rate improvements as well as other PC optimizations. Once that process begins, we will monitor the progress and determine the release schedule. We will also be sure to give regular updates to our progress.

Again, we truly regret that we underestimated the severity of the issues that have surfaced (and how long it would take to resolve them), and for that, NIS America sincerely apologizes to all of you for this unexpected delay. We are fully aware of how much our fans have been anticipating this release, and will do our very best to launch the game the way it is meant to be launched: without any issues, game-breaking bugs, or errors.

If you have made a pre-purchase on Steam and would like a refund due to this delay, please use this link. For any purchases or pre-orders made outside of the Steam channel, please contact the corresponding refund support for that channel.

Thank you very much for your understanding, support, and patience through this time.

-VP and COO, Mitsuharu Hiraoka

 

Key Features:

  • An Epic Tale - Follow Adol on his latest adventure and uncover the mysteries of the cursed island.
  • Party On! – Change your playable character on-the-fly as you battle ferocious foes in lighting-fast combat.
  • Another Side – Unravel the mystery of the blue-haired maiden Dana through her unique gameplay sections.
  • It Takes a Village! – Rescue your fellow shipwrecked passengers and bring them to your village where they will provide valuable services.

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