NISA Delays Ys VIII Game's PC Release to Undetermined Date

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
PS4, PS Vita relocalization patch still planned for January 30

NIS America (NISA) announced on Friday that it has delayed the PC release of the Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA role-playing game to "an as-of-yet indeterminate date." The PC release had been set for January 30.

The company stressed that the relocalization patch for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita versions of the game is still set for January 30.

NISA explained that for the PC version, NISA noticed low framerate issues and memory lead problems from the game's earliest PC builds. The company is still noticing framerate drops in some circumstances of the game, and it has determined that it "must modify the core level of data in the game." The company made the decision in light of feedback from those who participated in the second beta test. NISA added that after it implements the changes from the relocalization efforts at the end of this month, the company will be moving development to a different developer who will focus on the framerate improvements and other PC optimizations.

The free patch on January 30 for PS4 and PS Vita is under development to address concerns regarding the localization quality of the game. NIS America president and CEO Takuro Yamashita previously apologized for quality that "has not reached an acceptable level." Yamashita also noted that the company is investigating the causes of the issues with the initial localization so that "a similar situation does not occur again."

The staff have rewritten "nearly 100%" of the script and will be "re-recording nearly everything" with the same cast. Battle lines and some incidentals will remain from the first recording.

Nihon Falcom released the game in Japan in May 2017 and NIS America released the game for PS4 and PS Vita in North America and Europe in September 2017.

The game is also still slated for a release on the Nintendo Switch in Japan and the West this summer.

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