Nihon Falcom is bringing us another entry in the Ys franchise now that it finally has found a niche in the modern world. The action RPG series survives as one of the few remaining Zelda-clones from the late 80s, but only with the rise of Steam and the warm reception of Ys Seven and Ys: Memories of Celceta on Sony handhelds has it really struck a chord in the West.
A new Ys game was confirmed for the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita back at TGS 2014, and after all this time, Nihon Falcom has finally slapped it with a proper title and release window. Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana will be released in the summer of 2016, and it marks the return of the Ys franchise to home consoles for the first time since the PlayStation 2 port of Ys VI: Ark of Napishtim.
As always, Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana stars red-headed hero Adol Christin on his voyages throughout the world, and also as always, he finds himself whisked away to a magical island. Some things never change. This time, he explores the “Sirens Island” and helps the villagers and castaways with a new base-building mechanic to defend against a new evil force.
See, even Ys can’t ignore the “settlement” movement.
We’re still waiting for a localization confirmation, but it will probably be handled by XSEED seeing as the company has localized all of the Ys games. In the meantime, you can enjoy the new screenshots or check out the other games on Steam. The game looks fantastic so far, bright and colorful, just like a Ys game should look.
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana will be released for the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita this coming summer in Japan.