We try to avoid discussing Japanese releases around here unless it has an implication on the English release, and that’s just the situation that we have here. Nihon Falcom’s action RPG Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana will be released for the PS Vita first in Japan on July 21. Only three months remain, and fans are anxiously waiting to see if it will continue the series’ recent renaissance.
However, the PlayStation 4 version isn’t so lucky. It has been delayed into 2017, probably to give the console’s userbase a bit more time to grow. Nihon Falcom doesn’t deal with home consoles that often, and Ys VIII could mark a turning point in that approach. It obviously wants the game to be a hit with as many potential players as possible.
Unlike home consoles, Nihon Falcom frequently works with Sony handhelds and knows their ins-and-outs much more intimately. This experience also means Nihon Falcom has most of its fanbase on handhelds, and it wants to please them first. This was the official reason of the split as stated by President Toshihiro Kondo.
So, Japan gets the game for the PS Vita this summer, and the PlayStation 4 version hits next year. What does that mean for us? Well, the obvious big question is if XSEED is going to split the release or wait for both versions to hit Japan and release them in the English speaking world together. It has to consider cross-buy options, critical reception, and a whole host of choices when making this decision.
Splitting the releases could mean that anticipation for the PlayStation 4 version will die out thanks to fans beating the Vita version. Vice versa, Vita owners who have stuck with the series up until this point might not want a home console port delaying them any longer.
Decisions, decisions. Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana launches for the PS Vita in Japan on July 21, and the PlayStation 4 version will launch in 2017.