Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA PC Delay

Although recently announced to release later this month, NIS America regretfully announced today there would be a delay in the release of Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana for the PC.  However, this does not affect the re-localization patch to be released for PS4 and PS Vita on January 30th.

Low framerate issues and memory leak problems were apparent from the earliest PC builds we received. To help combat these, we looked into the drawing processes, which lead to an overall improvement in performance. However, we are still encountering framerate drops in specific circumstances. The systems regulating these framerate issues are heavily reliant on the architecture of the original PlayStation 4 version and, as such, are not existent in PC architecture. The memory leak issues are somewhat less complicated and expected to be resolved this weekend. But in order to solve these issues, we have determined that we must modify the core level of data in the game.

As the PC version of the game was originally envisioned as a port, we avoided touching the core programming as much as possible and focused on PC performance optimization. However, in light of the feedback of those who have participated in the second beta test, we have concluded that we cannot avoid modifying the core programming.

Once the changes from the relocalization efforts have been implemented at the end of this month, we will be moving development to an entirely different developer who will primarily focus on frame rate improvements as well as other PC optimizations. Once that process begins, we will monitor the progress and determine the release schedule. We will also be sure to give regular updates to our progress.

Again, we truly regret that we underestimated the severity of the issues that have surfaced (and how long it would take to resolve them), and for that, NIS America sincerely apologizes to all of you for this unexpected delay. We are fully aware of how much our fans have been anticipating this release, and will do our very best to launch the game the way it is meant to be launched: without any issues, game-breaking bugs, or errors.

NIS is offering refund for pre-orders on Steam.

What do you think of this delay? Are you willing to wait a bit longer for this title on Steam? Let us know in the comments!

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Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms releasing on Steam this Spring

Love will be in the air again this spring for both Vita and PC players.  Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms will be hitting the Vita on March 13th, 2018 and on Steam Spring 2018.

Join Chizuru and the Shinsengumi in the second part of the series.  This time, the story will take place in Edo and will include new characters, love interests and episodes.

Are you a fan of the Hakuoki series? Who is your favorite character? Let us know in the comments!

NEW GUNDAM BREAKER coming to West

Build and break your Gundams with Bandai Namco’s upcoming title, NEW GUNDAM BREAKER.  This title allows you to create and customize your own Gunpla (Gundam model) and battle it out with enemies; collect body parts and weapons from enemies to create your ultimate Gunpla!

This title will be available exclusively on the PlayStation console in 2018!

Do you build your own Gundam models? Has there every been a mash up you wanted to see? Let us know in the comments!

 

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux Coming in May

Today, Atlus announced the release date for their upcoming title Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux for the Nintendo DS.  We can pick up the re-release of the Shin Megami Tensei series this May 15th for $39.99.  This title will include an additional character (Alex), additional story content, and new illustrations by Masayuki Doi.

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Are you a Shin Megami Tensei fan? Will you be checking out this title? Let us know in the comments!

NIS and SNK partner up to bring us SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy!

Today, NIS announced they have partnered up with SNK to bring SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy!  This title will be hitting North America in Summer 2018 for the PS4 and Nintendo Switch.  Both NIS and SNK are pleased to bring Japanese gaming content to North America -this is an excellent partnership for both sides!

“Since 2003, NIS America has strived to spread Japanese culture through video games and we hope that our partnership with SNK will strengthen our bonds and ultimately, provide the highest quality title for fans.”

“I am very pleased to launch this partnership with NIS America, who has a proven record of delivering excellent results in the publishing and marketing of Japanese game content over the years. I am convinced that this collaboration will allow us to deliver the highest quality content to our fans.“

Key features:

Assemble Your Heroines and Battle Head-to-Head – A brand new tag battle action fighting game is here! Players can participate in a four-multiplayer frenzy online or with friends!

An Iconic Cast of SNK’s Female Characters – Choose from a generous roster of female heroines from the SNK universe!

Defeat foes with Style and Elegance – Coordination is key, as players can choose from up to 100 different accessories for their characters.  Accessories including cat ears, glasses, face paint, and new sound effects.

What do you think about SNK and NIS partnering up?  Are you an SNK fan? Let us know in the comments!