Blue-haired anime girls, ahoy! Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana finally has its first full-length trailer from Nihon Falcom. Despite my recent love affair with the series, I’m not overly thrilled with what I see.
What’s wrong with it? The setting is right, the music is right, and the cast of goofballs backing up crimson-haired protagonist Adol Christin is right. The trailer presents us with a game that looks and sounds like an Ys game, but the problem comes from the technical limitations.
That slowdown and frame-rate stagger in busier areas don’t do the art or setting any justice. The last game, Memories of Celceta, had similar issues when grappling with chaotic action on the PS Vita, which is strange considering Nihon Falcom has a very solid history with the PSP and its other franchises on PS Vita.
I’m hoping that this is just early footage or the PlayStation 4 version fixes the staggering issues. However, not much time remains for work to be done on this Vita build since it launches on July 21 in Japan.
The PlayStation 4 version of Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is due for release in 2017, making me think it will be the definitive version. No word yet on a localization.