NIS America has announced today that a Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA relocalization patch has officially been pushed out for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. The relocalization patch includes changes in the script, item names, in-game terminology, monster/boss names, graphical text, and fully re-recorded dialogue in English.
According to NIS, the patch file sizes are 1.16 GB for PlayStation 4, and 279 MB for PlayStation Vita. The massive patch comes after various complaints from players that the original localization featured in the game was marred by poor dialogue and terrible voice acting. Hopefully its this patch, everything will be a bit more bearable in your playthrough.
Another unique aspect of exploration relies upon how many castaways Adol has found. Since this is a deserted island, plenty of pathways are barred from fallen trees, landslides, you name it. Each barrier requires a certain number of castaways to help clear the path. Not all castaways are vital to the main story, so this gives a bit of an extra incentive to find them all for your Pokédex. If you want to complete your map to 100%, which will be a massive undertaking, finding all the castaways is crucial. Not to mention, the more castaways you find, the more help you can get during Interceptions.
Ys VIII isn’t Adol’s typical adventure, but it’s so well-crafted (aside from chatty characters) from its combat down to its methods of exploration and side mission variety. It may take a bit longer for newcomers than long-time fans to take the bait, but once you’re reeled in, you will be hooked. You’ll need to be hooked, because even with a crit-path strategy for completion, it will easily take over 40 hours to get through the mystery of the Isle of Seiren. Fortunately, any action-RPG fan, even those who disliked the Ys series in the past, will find plenty to lure them in and keep them on the line.
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA is available now.