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Update: In a statement shared with Push Square, NIS America has confirmed Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana has wrongfully been removed from PS Plus Extra, and the company will now investigate.

Its statement reads: "Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA not appearing PS Plus Extra was not planned and we are currently looking into the details. We would not remove any titles from any platform without prior communication through our channels."

Original article: Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana has been removed from PS Plus Extra after the JRPG's PS5 version released last week. The original PS4 edition had been made available on Sony's subscription service since its revamp this past summer, but it suddenly disappeared over the weekend. The game's removal wasn't communicated ahead of time; there wasn't even an expiry date attached to the title's PSN listing.

PS Plus Essential games and titles like GTA: Vice City - Definitive Edition have been communicating their expiry dates through listings on the PS5's hub page for the service, but Ys VIII never had one. It has left the service without a trace — both the PS4 and PS5 versions now have a £34.99/$39.99 price tag attached even if you're subscribed, and there's no free PS4 to PS5 upgrade available.

The move sets a concerning precedent for PS Plus: if games can be removed at will without an expiry date listed, then other PS5, PS4 titles could simply disappear overnight. Will the same thing happen when Ys IX: Monstrum Nox receives its PS5 version next year, which is currently still part of PS Plus Extra? We've contacted NIS America for more details.