When Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana launched in the west, the action adventure game was supposed to simultaneously on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and PC. However, issues with the PC version forced publisher NIS America to delay this version indefinitely while the team makes sure that the quality meets the standandards of PC gamers.
NISA released an updated statement about the progress made on the PC version with a rather interesting addition to the development team. Evidently, creator of the PC downsampling tool GeDoSaTo and the modder behind Dark Soul’s DSfix and Deadly Premonition’s DPfix, Peter “Durante” Thoman, has agreed to assist NISA with the PC version.
By adding Durante to the team, it’s most likely a safe bet that the PC version of Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana will release in a condition that fans will appreciate.
The publisher writes:
After we delayed the release of Ys VIII on Steam, we reached out to Peter “Durante” Thoman for his expertise, and we are happy to report that he could share some of his hours with our developers these past few weeks. We asked Durante for his help with the following for this title: GPU performance improvements, CPU performance improvements, and developing a system for improving and regulating framerate. We also received feedback from Durante about a shadow rendering issue that we are looking into.
The above work has resulted in significant improvements in performance. However, due to the fact that we are receiving such an overwhelming number of system issues from both our internal QA Team and our Beta testers, these issues will take considerable time to repair. As previously stated in our last announcement, fixes in one area can lead to something breaking in another, so we have to be methodical in our application of fixes and improvements. In addition to improvements in the game’s system, we are also updating, fixing, and improving the game text across the Japanese, English, and French versions. This also requires a significant amount of time, due to the size of the game and our commitment to localizing the text to both English and French.
The team concludes their statement by thanking the fans that are awaiting the PC release of Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana.
This announcement follows the open letter from NISA President Takuro Yamashita that addressed the game’s localization and insured that the team is revisiting the translation and will update Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana by the end of November. Furthermore, the PC release of the game will include these updates.
If you’d like to know more about the game, check out DualShockers’ review, or you can read our interview with Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo about the Ys series and how Falcom approaches development on the titles.