Highly rated action RPG Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana now has a release date on PS5. Adol Christin's island adventure begins anew on the 15th November 2022 in North America, and the 30th November 2022 in Europe.
This PS5 port was first announced back in March of this year, and we still don't really know what the re-release will add to the experience. Ys VIII was originally a 2016 PS Vita title, and then a PS4 version hit in 2017. The latter is perfectly playable on PS5 via backwards compatibility, and it's often heavily discounted in PlayStation Store sales.
As such, we're left wondering why this PS5 port exists if it doesn't boast any obvious improvements — and there won't be an upgrade path if you already own the game on PS4. Hopefully we hear more about this new version in the relatively near future.
Are you a Ys fan? Would you be willing to play through Ys VIII again on PS5? Repel those monster attacks in the comments section below.
Happy to replay if my disc version gets me a free upgrade, otherwise pass, despite that I greatly enjoy this game.
@AndyKazama NISA has confirmed there's no upgrade path, unfortunately.
Hmmm, only recently started playing this as the ps4 version is on ps plus and its highly rated by some.
The story and script is as poor as most such games, but you can live with it. The island design and gameplay has been fun though.
Im wondering if I shouldnt stop where I am and see what the ps5 version does...
the ps5 port may exist merely to satisfy physical collectors, as the ps4 release had a very limited print run, especially the north american release. falcom underestimated the demand for this game. perhaps they will patch it to run at an upscaled 4k resoluton as well, but with the outdated assets it won't make much of a difference.
Interested to see whether this will also be on Extra (I think the PS4 version is).
It's just another way to resell the game at full price to somebody who may have previously bought it because it'll have a white spine and satisfy that niggle in their physical collector brain.
As a semi-digital only player (I generally buy single player games physically and sell on completion) who already owns the PS4 version digitally through a sale, I won't bother to wait for this.
I love the game, and it's definitely the strongest story of the Ys series. Definitely memorable. A true improvement wouldn't be a bad thing, but this is pretty weak. The models look touched up, the animation looks smoother, but overall it still looks like the old game with a modest makeover. I'm glad the game is living on and thriving, it deserves it more than many others but a "PS5 version" like this seems pretty lame.
I'd rather they put the time and resources into Ys9 that I still haven't played despite buying both on Switch and PS, because the Switch port is so gawd-awful, a blurry mess that runs at 20fps at the best of times, 15 in the city if you're lucky, while the PS version runs smooth, but doesn't actually look much better than the Switch version other than being less blurry and still stutters in the city and gives up handheld play. It's a good game, not as good as 8 but good, but it's like they forgot it existed as soon as they released it.
Part of me was almost hyped about a new version of 8, but...nope, still looks like like an enhanced Vita game.
@Titntin What part are you up to?
The writing in Ys is never great, but the one thing that makes 8 special is Dana. Funny how the makers of LoH, arguably one of the best written long arc series ever, also writes Adol and Dogi, lol. But in 8, the supporting character really steals the show.
@ShogunRok pass then.
Which Ys game should I start with if I never played any?
This game runs perfectly fine on Switch. Not sure if i wanna play it on PS5. Good time to jump in if nobody has played it though!
@Voltan This is a perfect one to start off with.
@NEStalgia I'm pretty early to be honest which is why I think I might put it on hold. I've opened several island regions and fought a couple of 'boss' type larger creatures, but my village is hardly developed at all.
Its just a nice fun easy play when you don't want to think much and just go slay some critters, if the PS5 version isn't doing much then I'd just as soon stick with the PS4 version
@Voltan The Ys games aren't connected, You can play all seperately. ys 8 and 9 are on ps plus extra at the moment, so if you have that you can give those games a go.
@NEStalgia i totally agee with you, this doesn't look like a well enough improvement to warrant a seperate release. I absolutely love Ys 8 and has this on my radar if it truly was an upgrade, but it looks so dissapointing.
NIS can go take a hike. Compile heart too. These small japanese developers really want to squeeze every penny out of their customers.
Just started this on PC. I would think it will be a 4K 60FPS re-release, perhaps with a fixed texture pack that was available on Steam, with better draw distance / anti-aliaising. A cracking game though, worth picking up.
Ys 8 is one of the best in the series for me though I haven't played them all yet, but definitely way better then the awful Ys 9.
Everyone bangs on about TLOU remake being a "cash grab" but this right here is a true cash grab
@Titntin If you haven't been exposed to Dana much, you definitely haven't got to the story part that's good. Mediocre writing (and terrible anime final ending) or not, toward the late game there's some genuine tear-jerker moments, brought largely to life by Dana's arc, and her excellent VA.
@Lavalera Watching the trailer again it's so strange, because I don't even know if it can be called a "remaster." Most of the models look unchanged. Some look smoother. Some of the textures look much sharper and more detailed, and some are clearly the blurry Vita/Switch textures. It looks more like a "mod" than a "remaster" even. And in any case trying to make a full price game out of it is offensive. Heck, 9 deserves a remaster because the OG release is practically broken on Switch and disappointing on PS4 (it looks worse than 8 but runs poorer)....but I'll give them a single digit salute if they try to sell what should have been a patch to fix their semi-broken product as a full price offer to rebuy it as a do-over. I love Falcom's games, but they're rubbing me the wrong way with the Ys series right now. I'd fault them for LoH, but some of that is outside their control (XSEED issues.)
@UltimateOtaku91 TBH this and LOU1 really remind me of each other. Yeah I know this is zero effort and ND spent far too much time and money redoing something to change nothing (really all about making the game work in a PC compatible engine no doubt), at the end of the day, for the PS console customer, this and that are pretty much equal middle fingers to customers. I'd love to know if this was NIS's idea rather than Falcom's because I hate the idea of having to think of Falcom as money grubbers. NIS I wouldn't bat an eye.
@Irae Agreed, for slightly different reasons; I can remember a period where they used the same, not-very-good, game engine to churn out a glut of crappy RPGs in the 2010s which were cookie cutter versions of each other, and then loaded them with microtransactions and - in at least one of the games' cases - necessary, PAID, DLC. I'm looking directly at the first Hyperdimension Neptunia which I bought on release day - I got to the final boss at the maximum level the game let you get to, and it absolutely slaughtered me for me being underleveled. Soooo...I had to buy DLC that raised the level cap (TWO of them - there were two level cap increase paid DLCs to get you to the appropriate level) to even beat a game I had paid for once already. Screw that. I walked away from all NIS and Compile Heart games that day and haven't been back.
It exists for me to buy of course. Still want a physical copy and this version comes with all the dlc iirc so I'm definitely getting this
I missed out on the PS4 version but picked up a copy for Switch last year. Didn't finish it but I loved what I played of it. I'll definitely pre-order a copy for PS5 from Best Buy soon!
@Jayslow The article states there's no upgrade path, so it's not a free (or paid) upgrade, it's just a new "version." And they're not even calling it a remaster, it's just a port, supposedly for PS5, even though the existing PS4 version of the game already runs on PS5. It's not really clear if there's an "upgrade" involved, or if it's literally just a rebuild "for PS5" of the PS4 game.
They're doing an iOS/Android port as well, though, so maybe this'll be just a $15-20 game (because good luck selling it on Android for more than that.)
It's a really weird product. I'm assuming it's basically just a "rebrand as new" to pull the game out of the bargain bin and pretend it's a new re-release at a higher price, which is cynical AF, but, then, why an Android/iOS port that has to be bargain basement by nature?
Definitely sounds more NIS than Falcom, but I'm disappointed in Falcom if it's them. Imagine Steam selling "New windows 11 version!" of games.
@ShogunRok that's funny, they will resell the game using the pc settings
I want to play this game for years, and even refrained of doing so via PS+Ex because this PS5 version is coming. Hoping they put it in the Plus too, alongside the PS4 one!
Still looks like an upressed GameCube title to me.
It's an absolutely fantastic game, but it's hard to think of many games less in need of a native PS5 version.
@NEStalgia I vastly prefer the more minimalistic storytelling approach of classic Ys to the tropey anime people that plague the Trails games.
Aside from Adol, who is clearly a Link-style player avatar, I don't think it's fair to characterize the games as poorly written just because they don't chat your ears off.
Scooped the collector edition from NIS
The PS5 physical standard edition comes much better packaged than the PS4 one, includes manual and soundtrack. The PS4 one is only a disc in the box. I am pretty sure it will be small print also so I will surely grab a copy on release.
Im 10 hours in and am a huge jrpg fan but im not sure its good enough to keep going
As much as I love this game, it just looks like the graphics are sharpened up a bit and it will play at 60fps. I would love to see more effort put into this.
I really like some aspects of the game that I don't want to spoil and the way you progress in the island, made me felt like I was the Green Arrow or something but I am so tired of the anime clichés in this game that tries to take itself seriously. All women hit Adol or have visions of him, the second male character hits women himself and fails miserably even though he is married and the Dana gameplay sections are boring. However, those tropes are abandoned in the end and the game is way better after Dana joins. The Vita origins of this game are clear but in PS4 the performance is good.
@Ralizah I mean Trails is very much an anime story, it is what it is, but it's also a supremely coherent story arc the likes of which I can't think of anything else that really attempts it. I can't say I think of modern Ys as any less anime tropey, really, though. The only real difference is flowcharting "Does it take place in a high school? [yes/no]" I mean if we're talking the NES and SNES titles, then sure, it was western and serious....
But It's hard not to slam the writing after listening to any banter between Dogi and Adol. But it definitely improves part-way into 8. (IDK about 9 yet, due to the aforementioned issues. Seems very.....thin so far.)
But Laxia and Ricotta are more anime than pretty much any character in almost any game I could even think of
I already got ys 8 lacrimosa of dana on my ps4 pro.its looks good.and play good.so im good.i dont need a ps5 version.word up son
I missed out the first time, so I am getting this version. Very excited for it.
This is the best Ys game to date. It's a masterpiece and the soundtrack is really great.
It's already close to 4k and is 60fps on PS5 via backwards compatibility. It's unclear what this PS5 specific version will offer here. I'm a huge Ys fan and I'm not looking to pick this up... This is similar to Atlus and another damn Persona 5 release.
Cool! Now to wait 2 years for it to dip down to $15 New during a sale.
No free upgrade? RIP. No one in their right minds will pay full price for a game they already own just for a bit of an upgrade in visuals/performance. I might buy it when it's $10. Maybe it will be free for ps plus extra/premium users. Maybe that's why they don't have a free upgrade option...
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