Check out action RPG Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana today with free PS4 demo

Embark on a new adventure with the iconic action RPG series

Hey there! This is Judith from NIS America, and I’m here to bring you some exciting news about the most epic action RPG of 2017… Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana! Those of you who have been anticipating the demo can finally dive into the Isle of Seiren today on PS4.

While I’m sure there are many Ys fans (like myself) who are super excited about this news, there must also be some newcomers to this 30-year running franchise.

In a nutshell, the series revolves around the adventures of Adol Christin, a brave, red-headed adventurer who has some pretty awful luck with ships. In Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, Adol awakens on a cursed island known as the Isle of Seiren after surviving a disaster at sea. Here, he works to find his fellow shipwrecked passengers in order to escape the accursed isle.

In the midst of this, he begins to dream of a mysterious blue-haired maiden named Dana. What secrets does this cursed isle hold? Who is Dana? Well, you gotta play the game to find out!


One of the most notable qualities of the entire Ys franchise is the blazing fast action! Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana refines the series tradition with some new features and can be enjoyed by Ys veterans and novices alike.

Battles are intense, and players must keep on their toes by constantly switching between characters in the moment in order to defeat monsters with corresponding weaknesses. Strategy meets action and speed in this game, so if anyone thought you could button-mash your way through, I’ve got news for you…


And what better way to celebrate the arrival of Ys VIII than with a playable demo? Players can get a taste of the action-packed gameplay and see the lush graphics of the PS4 version.

In this demo, Adol and two fellow castaways named Laxia and Sahad find themselves on a beautiful yet secluded part of the isle and must search for other survivors of the shipwreck. Along the way, they’ll meet some characters (Anyone remember the man who breaks walls?) that appear in the main game, but have no fear, there are no spoilers!


Veteran Ys fans and newcomers alike will appreciate the expansiveness of Ys VIII. With more than 60 hours of gameplay, this is the biggest Ys adventure yet. There’s also cool, free DLC for the PS4 version of the game to aid Adol in his adventure. Those who pre-order the game digitally (available soon) will also receive a Theme, seven avatars, and a digital soundtrack. What’s more, there will be limited-time free DLC featuring some new threads for Adol, including one that screams nostalgia!


For more information about the game, be sure to check out the official website. Strap on your adventurer’s gear and get ready for the biggest action RPG adventure of 2017. Download the demo and play it today, and get ready for the full game which launches 15th September on PS4 and PS Vita!

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No demo for Vita?


There is no demo for the PS Vita at this time. Thank you for asking!

Btw is there any chance of cross save? The extra content doesn’t seem to halt at least transfer front psv to PS4

Also the extra DLC… The NISA euro store has been really slow in sending out my games. A week late on most games since last year. Will I still be able to download the DLC after a week?


The demo is good, but i do think the graphics are a tad on the cheap side.

Anyways that aside, very addicting gameplay.

Tried the demo and loved it! Just bought it for ps vita and was surprised by the graphics! I didn’t think the ps vita could handle graphics like this game. Also, nice colours and art style. Always loved the “metroidvania”-like elements in Ys games as well. Awesome, my train rides will be a bit more meaningful for a while!

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