Ys VIII Being Released on the PlayStation 4 on May 25, 2017

Falcom has unveiled at their annual shareholder meeting that Ys VIII will be released on the PlayStation 4 on May 25, 2017, and it will see a major upgrade!

With 60 FPS, the game will bring in a new responsive nature and maintain the series’ famous high speed action. Thanks to the PlayStation 4, the graphics will be upscaled in high resolution images with new anti aliasing, point lighting, soft shadows, and volume metrics lighting. These new enhancements will change the way players see Siren Island as they explore it.

Additionally, the game will also see a new system with the village defenses, called ‘suppression battles,’ as well as new events related to the secondary protagonist, Dana.

Falcom has also opened the official website for the game. The link is below, and the release date is being added to the calendar.

Comparison image of the PlayStation 4 version vs PlayStation Vita version:

[ Dengeki Online Article ]
[ Official Ys VIII PS4 Website ]
[ Falcom IR Report (PDF) ]

A Character Silhouette Teased in a Tweet from Falcom

Today’s a big day- in a few hours, Falcom will be holding their 2016 annual shareholder’s meeting, where we expect to receive at least two announcements.

Falcom first started with their good morning tweet featuring Rean from Trails of Cold Steel. They have since also tweeted a silhouette of a character, while talking about how many days are left in 2016.

It looks like we’re definitely getting something in the way of an announcement come 1:30pm Japan time.

Fandom Friday 04: Falcom Fan-Made Music Arrangements

Happy Friday, everyone! While the holiday is careening to us at a more than rapid pace, we have an exciting week coming up, especially with Falcom’s shareholder meeting happening on 12/20. But for now, we should take a breather, and relax for the weeked. And for that reason, I’ve decided to curate a variety of fan-made arrangements of Falcom’s music.

I want to start with my favorite fan-creation I’ve seen in the past two weeks, which is an incredible piano medley of music from the Kiseki series. With an impressive track including favorites such as Silver Will, Get Over the Barrier, way of life, and others- I hope you are as impressed with this arrangement as I am!

There will be more, including some from some recognizable names, behind the cut!

If I missed any fan arrangements that you love, feel free to drop them into the comments and add to the collection!

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Falcom Weekly Special – Week of 12-12-2016 – Ys VIII Game+Guide+Soundtrack Set

Ys VIII -Lacrimosa of Dana- (Standard Edition) (Originally for 6200 yen)
Ys VIII -Lacrimosa of Dana- The Complete Guide (Originally for 2000 yen)
Ys VIII -Lacrimosa of Dana- Original Soundtrack (Originally for 2980 yen)
Ys VIII -Lacrimosa of Dana- Original Soundtrack mini (Not for Sale)

The total retail cost of this set is 11,180 yen. The special price is –> 6,800 yen!

This order is good until 12/20, or until 30 orders have been made.

Order # 2843 (982・M088・B129)

[ Falcom Online Store – Special Sales ]

Akatsuki no Kiseki to be Released to the PlayStation Vita

UserJoy Japan has revealed that Akatsuki no Kiseki is coming to the PlayStation Vita. Currently, though, there is no other information about the Vita release, or even the schedule to it. Gamer.ne.jp says that fans should pay attention to the Akatsuki no Kiseki website for more information as it becomes available.

[ Gamer.ne.jp ]

Falcom’s 2016 EOY Report – Sen no Kiseki III and Ys VIII PS4 Confirmed for 2017 Release


Even via summary, this is a lengthy article. As such, I’m giving you links to jump around in it, instead of just scrolling through it every time.

  1. Financial Summary for Year Ending on Sept 2016
  2. Earnings Forecast for the Period Ending in 9/2017
  3. Financial Condition
  4. Operational Policies
  5. Detailed Financial Summary

More will be discussed on this in the shareholder meeting that will be taking place on 12/20 at 1:30pm.

Falcom has released their numbers and offered a summary explanation for them.

In the 2015-2016 period:

  • Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana was released for the PlayStation Vita in July 2016, as well as Tokyo Xanadu eX+ being released for the PlayStation 4 in September 2016.
  • Japan saw the release of licensed titles Sora no Kiseki SC Evolution, and Sora no Kiseki the 3rd Evolution, and the online game Akatsuki no Kiseki began its distribution. On top of this, this period also saw the English release of Trails of Cold Steel II, the Chinese and Korean language releases of Ys: Memories of Celceta, and the release of Ys VIII Lacrimosa in simplified Chinese. There have also been multiple collaborations with major game titles from this year.

Along with this information, Falcom has also announced three major plans for the 9/2016 ~ 9/2017 period.

  • The Kiseki series, with its breakthrough release of Sen no Kiseki and Sen no Kiseki II will see the release of its next title, Sen no Kiseki III
  • The highly anticipated PS4 release of Ys VIII -The Lacrimosa of Dana- will occur.
  • There will be an initiative for multiple releases, not only domestically, but for North America, Europe, and Asia, and Falcom will be participating in the development for various platforms, and smartphone titles to provide a more proactive stance with their contents.

More details are past the cut.

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Falcom Weekly Special – Week of 12-5-2016 – Tokyo Xanadu eX+ Game + CD Set

Tokyo Xanadu eX+ (PS4) (Originally for 5880 yen)
Tokyo Xanadu Original Soundtrack II=eX+ (Originally for 1800 yen)
SPiKA Mini Album – Seize the Day (Originally for 1000 yen)
Tokyo Xanadu Stickers (Not for Sale)
Wheat Straw Mishie Acrylic Keyholder (Not for Sale)

The total retail cost of this set is 8,860 yen. The special price is –> 5,800 yen!

This order is good until 12/13, or until 30 orders have been made.

Order # 2842(984・M084・M090)

[ Falcom Online Store – Special Sales ]

[Translation Tuesday] Songs of Kiseki – Trails of Cold Steel


This week’s Translation Tuesday continues the ‘Songs of Kiseki’ series from Yotaka. This week, we’ll be tackling songs tied to Trails of Cold Steel. As such, this has three songs, instead of two. Since Aria of the Saint was originally part of the Super Arrange Album, before it came up in Trails of Cold Steel II, it has been included in this batch, also.

And speaking of Aria of the Saint, there’s some interesting things with this translation. If you notice, the ‘Japanese’ tab is roman letters, and the ‘romanization’ tab (renamed to ‘transliteration’ for this week!) is Japanese. What’s up with that? This is because the song was originally in English, and the CD insert for the SAV album actually had a Japanese translation of the English. (or Engrish in this case?)

The English, tab, however is Yotaka’s translation of the Japanese translation of the original ‘Engrish.’ The reason for tackling this song is because there is a much clearer meaning in the lyrics when you translate the Japanese translation, and it will make you think a bit differently regarding the song, and have a better understanding of what was intended from the lyrics.

Click the cut to see the lyrics!

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