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Ys 8: Lacrimosa of Dana is now expected to be out in April

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The PC release of Ys 8: Lacrimosa of Dana (which has not yet happened) has been an ugly affair. One day before its originally scheduled launch in September 2017, it was delayed. In November it was delayed again to 2018, and then in January of this year, yet again. The situation was so far out of control that publisher NIS America put everything on hold indefinitely and brought in another developer to take over the job. 

The new guys appear to be working out, as NIS America president Takuro Yamashita told Greg's RPG Heaven that the game is now slated to be out in April. I have no idea what Takuro Yamashita actually looks like, and so I reached out to NIS America to ensure that the guy in the video wasn't just someone they found at a coffee shop on the corner. A studio rep confirmed that the person in the video is in fact Yamashita, and that he did say Ys 8 will come to the PC in April. 

That's a positive development, although given the game's history I'm not sure I'd look at it is a carved-in-stone guarantee. But if nothing else, it's nice to know NIS America isn't just throwing in the towel and going for a drink. The rep said the "April window" will be confirmed next week, along with "more details about the progress with the PC development." 

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.