Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana received a special announcement during a gameplay panel at Anime Expo 2017. The panel was hosted by NISA, and featured the DLC which will give players the armor worn by Adol in the first Ys title, which is referred to as “Silver Armor”. This DLC will be available as a free bonus download for players who pre-order the game. NISA plans to announce further details about the DLC at a later date.
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is an action RPG where players join an adventurer named Adol. Despite being the 8th entry in the series, each game is a self-contained entity, so it shouldn’t alienate new players.
During the panel, when addressing localized boss names found in screenshots and an early build of the English demo, NISA stated that those are not final and have been changed since the time those images were released. Dualshockers reported that the publisher issued the following statement during the panel:
Ys returns with a brand new adventure for the first time in 8 years! Adol awakens shipwrecked and stranded on a cursed island. There, he and the other shipwrecked passengers he rescues form a village to challenge fearsome beasts and mysterious ruins on the isolated island. Amidst this, Adol begins to dream of a mysterious blue-haired maiden living in an unknown world. Join Adol as he unravels the riddle of the cursed isle and the blue-haired maiden Dana in Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana!
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is currently slated for a western release in the fall of 2017 for PlayStation Vita, PS4, and PC. The game’s E3 trailer is below.