NIS America is bringing Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA to Europe and North America. This action RPG from Nihon Falcom will be available for PS4 and Vita in North America on September 12, 2017. The game will also release on PC worldwide on the same date. However, the PS4 and Vita versions of the game will not be heading to Europe until September 15, 2017. Recently, the publisher announced that potential players can currently sign up to beta test the game on PC.

Signing up only requires applicants to fill out a simple form (this one). In addition to identifying who you are, you will have to list your computer’s specs and nothing more. NIS America will be using Steam for this process, though gamers can still apply if they do not have an account yet. Those chosen as participants will receive a free copy of the game at release.

Once again, Adol has been shipwrecked and stranded on a mysterious island. As always, he will fight to fend off ferocious beasts and protect his fellow survivors. This time around, he has been having strange visions of a mysterious maiden with blue hair living in an odd realm. While on the island, he will explore its ruins and seek out its secrets. Along the way, he may find other survivors and escort them to a makeshift village where they will provide valuable services.

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA features real time combat in which players can swap characters on the fly to best tackle any situation. When not under the player’s control, party members will assist Adol in combat as AI-controlled allies. As the trailer briefly shows, the flash guard system makes a return. Blocking at just the right time rewards players with temporary invulnerability and enhanced damage output. This entry in the series also features unique gameplay segments in which players will solve puzzles as Dana.

There was a limited edition available for the game, but it sold out everywhere. However, gamers still have a chance to get extra goods with their purchase. Those who pre-order the game for PS4 will get the Day One Edition. This special package comes with a partial soundtrack and a full colour art book. The soundtrack features five songs on one CD while the art book has 32 pages. This content will also be on PC as free DLC. Every copy of the game for PS4 and Vita will also include a reversible cover.

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