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Ys VIII Launching on PC on Jan 30 – Console Patches to Release on Same Day

Today on twitter, NIS America has announced that Ys VIII will finally be released to PC on Jan 30th, featuring the new and updated translation.

They have also confirmed on twitter that patches for both the PS4 and Vita versions will go out on the same day.

Ys VIII was delayed without a date until today, due to issues involving its translation. After various blog posts from Alan regarding the progress on the translation, we have finally heard the release date on the game.

Beta testing is also available. If you are interested, please check out the form here.

Falcom Releases Line Stamp Set # 18: Sen no Kiseki III

Today, Falcom released the 18th collection of stamps for the Line messenger app, this one featuring the characters of Sen no Kiseki III.

Previously released stamps include sets of Mona Mona from Monarch Monarch, various sets of Mishy, Ys, Kiseki, Tokyo Xanadu, and Gurumin.

You can find it on Line stamp shop by searching for ‘Falcom’ on the creators tab on your device. You can also go directly to the store to purchase them on the web by visiting this link.

Check out the link below for other stamps released by Falcom to Line.

[ Falcom – Line Stamps ]

4gamer.net Annual Look Back at 2017 Questions with Toshihiro Kondo

Every year, 4gamer does an interview with a large number of game creators and directors to ask them about things from the past year and what they are looking forward to with the next.

Toshihiro Kondo was, once again, included in this list. Here is a translation of the questions he was asked and his answers.

If you check out the link at the bottom of this article, you can see the answers from a variety of other individuals in the game industry- as they reached out to about 180 people.

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[12/25/2017] Falcom New Year Special – Kiseki Series Soundtrack Set

A yearly tradition with Falcom’s online store is the massive new year special that comes around at the start of a new year. This year’s is no exception, as you will see below! And as always, numbers are extremely limited!

Additionally, Falcom’s online shop, along with their offices, are closed until 1/9 for the holiday. As a result, all orders will be processed in a ‘first come, first served’ manner, but if they receive a very large number of orders, they will handle them in a raffle process.

The Legend of Heroes Sora no Kiseki Original Soundtrack (Originally for 2980 yen)
The Legend of Heroes Sora no Kiseki SC Original Soundtrack (Originally for 2980 yen)
The Legend of Heroes Sora no Kiseki the 3rd Original Soundtrack (Originally for 2980 yen)
The Legend of Heroes Zero no Kiseki Original Soundtrack (Originally for 2980 yen)
The Legend of Heroes Ao no Kiseki Original Soundtrack (Originally for 2980 yen)
The Legend of Heroes Sen no Kiseki Original Soundtrack (Originally for 3900 yen)
The Legend of Heroes Sen no Kiseki II Original Soundtrack (Originally for 2980 yen)
Sen no Kiseki III Acrylic Keyholder (one from a possibility of Alisa, Jusis, Kurt, or Ash)

The total retail cost of this set is 21,780 yen. The special price is –> 10,000 yen!

This order is good until 1/8, or until 100 orders have been made.

Order # 3001?M034?M039?M046?M054?M064?M078?M082?

[ Falcom Online Store – Special Sales ]

Software Sales on both DMM and DLSite – All Falcom Titles Are 50% Off!

Both the Japanese digital PC sales sites DMM.com and DLSite have unveiled that they are running 50% sales into the new year. Both have different lengths of time, however:

DMM.com‘s 50% off sale is going through 1/9.
DLSite.com‘s 50% off sale is going through 1/15.

To see the games included in the sale, please look below the cut!

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Sen no Kiseki IV Releasing Fall 2018 in Japan

During the yearly shareholder meeting, Falcom has announced that Sen no Kiseki IV -The End of Saga- will be releasing Fall 2018 for the PS4.

Spoilers and details past the cut.

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Sen no Kiseki IV Teaser Site is Now Up

Earlier today, Falcom has unveiled the teaser website for Sen no Kiseki IV. We have no other information on it besides what is seen on the site.

The teaser site does feature a countdown, however. There is a bug where it is based on your local time and time zone- however, source code digging has shown that the site is expected to unlock at 3:00pm Japan time. This is 6:00am GMT, and 1:00am Eastern.

This also lines up nicely with the shareholder meeting happening tomorrow, as well- within an hour and a half of the meeting starting, in fact. With this teaser site, it’s pretty clear that Falcom intends to reveal information on Sen no Kiseki IV at the meeting.

Until then, all we can do is study the image and watch the countdown eagerly.

[ Sen no Kiseki IV Teaser Site – The Destination of EREBOS ]

Falcom’s 2017 End of Year Financial Report – Large Increase in Year End Earnings, and More Sen no Kiseki Releases for 2018

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On Nov 9th, Falcom has unveiled the 2017 EOY financial report, along with the forecast and explanation of the said forecast for the 2018 fiscal year. (ed note: Oct 1, 2017 ~ Sept 30, 2018 is the 2018 fiscal year.)

Falcom has credited this year’s numbers to a variety of releases. The Japanese releases for 2017 are as follows:

  • Ys VIII -Lacrimosa of Dana- released to the PlayStation 4 in May 2017.
  • The Legend of Heroes Sen no Kiseki III released to the PlayStation 4 in Sept 2017.

Additionally, Falcom saw several older titles have English language download-only releases, as well as collaborations with other major game developers. Along with those, the following games were also released internationally:

  • Ys VIII on the PlayStation Vita saw releases in Korean, English, and French.
  • Ys VIII on the PlayStation 4 saw releases in Chinese, Korean, English, and French.
  • Ys Origin saw both Japanese and multilingual releases to PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 consoles.
  • Tokyo Xanadu for PlayStation Vita saw releases in Chinese, Korean, English, and French.
  • Tokyo Xanadu eX+ for PlayStation 4 saw Chinese and Korean releases.

The numbers are listed in the table below:

In one million yen increments.

  Total Sales Operating Profit Operating Income EOY Net Income
FY 2017 2,065 40.4% 970 66.1% 968 65.7% 642 66.1%
FY 2016

1,464 ? 7.0% 584 ? 15.7% 584 ? 15.3% 386 ? 15.2%

Falcom’s forecast for 2018 comes from four major points:

  • The Sen no Kiseki series- which has been given many awards, including recognition from the Japan Game Awards, the PlayStation Awards, and Famitsu Awards- will see a new title released for the PlayStation 4.
  • Sen no Kiseki I and II, which have broken a combined 1,000,000 units worldwide in sales, will be released for the PlayStation 4.
  • The company will be engaging in continued sales promotions for the widely well accepted Ys VIII -Lacrimosa of Dana- through the year.
  • Falcom will maintain a proactive stance in seeing that their original contents are integrated in collaborative works, as well as new titles released for a variety of platforms and smartphones throughout Japan, Asia, North America, and Europe.

The numbers for the forecast can be found below:

In one million yen increments.

Period EOY 2017 Results EOY 2018 Forecast Rate of Change
Total Sales 2,056 1,800 ? 12.5%
Operating Profit 970 750 ? 22.7%
Operating Income 968 750 ? 22.6%
Net Income 642 500 ? 22.2%

For details of the financial report, please check out the cut below.

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