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Play Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana Today With Free Demo

Embark on a new adventure with the iconic action RPG series.

Judith Pi's Avatar Posted by Associate Product Marketing Manager, NIS America

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 preorder the game digitally 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 September 12 on PS4 and PS Vita!

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AliciaDarky said:

August 29th, 10:21 am

So excited to play this game. Thank you so much for giving us a taste of what’s to come. Hope people new to the series try it out of curiosity.

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    Judith Pi said:

    August 29th, 11:58 am

    We’re glad you’re as excited as we are! :) Thank you for your support.

Kishnabe said:

August 29th, 10:31 am

Is there any bonus to playing the demo like for Danganronpa 3?

Just a few more weeks till I get my hands on my Vita pre order.

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    Judith Pi said:

    August 29th, 11:59 am

    The Ys VIII demo is a standalone experience and will not contain content that will transfer to the full game. We still do encourage you to play the demo, as it is a non-spoiler experience!

sockpuppetsami said:

August 29th, 10:34 am

No free DLC for the Vita?

jasondm300 said:

August 29th, 10:43 am

I have my Collector’s edition for my Vita preordered and ready to go. Also was able to get the Ys origins CE as well. Free DLC for my version or am I out of luck?

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    Judith Pi said:

    August 29th, 6:03 pm

    The DLC (Adventurer’s Suit, Silver Armor, and Survival Pack) will be available for free within the first week of launch. If you are talking about the theme and the avatars, those are exclusive to digital preorders at this time :) Thanks for asking!

KazeEternal said:

August 29th, 10:50 am

:-D Thank you for the Vita version. Much appreciated.

Is this Cross Save? Still feeling a bit burned by Square Enix’s Dragon Quest Builders after buying both versions only to find I could continue my Vita save on my PS4 when I got home one evening.

I hope you guys can work with XSeed to continue to bring more Legend of Heroes games over for the Vita. You are keeping my favorite handheld and micro console alive.

    TheBloodlessWar said:

    August 30th, 11:49 am

    The PS4 version has a lot of extra content, so the two versions aren’t compatible

Noodlez16 said:

August 29th, 10:53 am

No vita demo? Rabble! Rabble rabble rabble! No seriously, I’m fine with playing it on PS4 although I pre ordered for vita, thanks for keeping this series alive!

Dark_Poetry said:

August 29th, 11:39 am

I’ll definitely get this game as I’ve been waiting for it since 2015. after this can you consider bringing “Ys seven” and the “trails in the sky trilogy” to the PS4.

    NeoSkyte said:

    August 29th, 11:42 am

    XSeed that owns the rights for those games not NIS America.

NeoSkyte said:

August 29th, 11:40 am

I guess I’ll give the demo a try.

lisatsunami said:

August 29th, 11:43 am

What a pleasant surprise. I didn’t know about a demo. Thank you. I loved Y’s on the Vita a few years ago and look forward to playing this new one on the PS4.

gohan16ken said:

August 29th, 1:01 pm

Will this game be cross buy? I just got into Ys this year and bought all the digital games available on the Wii VC, PSV, and PS4.

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    Judith Pi said:

    August 29th, 6:04 pm

    The game is not cross-buy. Thank you!

Travis2310 said:

August 29th, 1:05 pm

Words cannot express my excitement! Been looking forward to getting my hands on this game

Senjutsu_Dav said:

August 29th, 1:52 pm

Local Multiplayer?

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    Judith Pi said:

    August 29th, 6:11 pm

    Hi there, dood! The game is a single-player experience. :) Thanks for asking.

neodragoongirl said:

August 29th, 1:54 pm

I can’t find the demo on the store :(

    Dante43 said:

    August 29th, 3:12 pm

    The demo doesn’t seem to be available for me too

Kavas_ said:

August 29th, 2:56 pm

Does the ps4 pre order theme have music or is it just an image/icons?

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    Judith Pi said:

    August 29th, 6:05 pm

    The music and sound effects are in the theme. Thanks for asking!

faraway25 said:

August 29th, 4:07 pm

“Most epic action rpg of 2017”? Wow thats a bold statement. I’ll give the demo a try amd see if the game can back that statement up.

lisatsunami said:

August 29th, 4:23 pm

It’s almost 4:30 pm Pacific time. No Y’s demo on store yet. Why?

    neodragoongirl said:

    August 29th, 6:02 pm

    I just finally gotten it. If you have the PlayStation app go to games then select try and there’s the demo :D

KingOvKings9 said:

August 29th, 4:36 pm

Anybody able to find the demo?

    MidnightDragonDX said:

    August 29th, 5:14 pm

    I played the demo and enjoyed it. I got it on the web store and set it to download to my PS4.

    neodragoongirl said:

    August 29th, 6:02 pm

    I just finally gotten it. If you have the PlayStation app go to games then select try and there’s the demo :D

MidnightDragonDX said:

August 29th, 5:21 pm

For anyone looking for the demo, check the web store.

    kenj77 said:

    August 29th, 6:00 pm

    The web store in my area in British Columbia Canada does not have it yet

streeks1984 said:

August 30th, 7:04 am

I have not ever heard of this series. Love me a good RPG so I will try out the demo.

spenserp1990 said:

August 30th, 7:42 am

I can’t find the demo on the psn store anywhere, can y’all help me out?


September 4th, 9:24 am

A shame PS Vita demo isn’t available. A big chunk of Ys fans are on PS Vita…

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