View Full Version : Ys VIII is 40 to 60 hours long, Trails of Cold Steel III launches 2017 in Japan

07-13-2016, 12:39 AM
Impressive as an action RPG, it has the same story length as Persona 5.


Ys VIII is 40 to 60 hours long, Trails of Cold Steel III launches 2017 in Japan

The latest issue of Dengeki PlayStation 4 features an interview with Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo ahead of Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana‘s Japanese PS Vita release.

Here are the notable tidbits:

- Development went on longer than planned, but to that extent Ys VIII will be the most substantial game in the series.

- Since Ys: Memories of Celceta was received highly favorably, we used that as our starting point for ideas.

- While with the Trails series we decide upon the story from the beginning, with Ys we have ideas as we go along about how to solidify the setting, story, and characters.

- We wanted to tell the story from the perspective of someone other than Adol, so we came up with the idea of dual protagonists.

- Laxia is a young noble woman who doesn’t have a good impression of adventurers.

- Since Dogi was once a party character, this time we wanted to give him the role of chief of the Drifting Village.

- The game will take about 40 hours to complete if you only do the minimum. With side elements and such, the game will take about 60 hours.

- 2016 is the series’ 30th anniversary, but we’re aiming to start work on the next game while making the PlayStation 4 version. We’re really busy with the new title, but somehow or another I want to plan an event.

- We’re thinking about some of the things we want to do for the PlayStation 4 version. The PS Vita version will have a Boss Time Attack feature and loading screen tips added via a day one patch.

- “Pirates of the Distant Sea” costumes for six characters, including Dana, will be released for 300 yen each, and attachment items for 100 yen each. Free downloadable content is also planned for the game’s day of release.

- Even internally we think Ys VIII turned out to be a great game, and even first-time players can enjoy it, so we definitely hope you’ll pick it up.

On the last page of Dengeki PlayStation’s Ys VIII feature, it is said that Falcom’s 2015-announced “The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III is in development and aiming for a 2017 release.”

Dengeki PlayStation also reviewed Ys VIII in this issue, giving it a 90, 95, 90, and 90 between four reviewers. The magazine says its traditional story is exciting, menu controls are favorable, maps are convenient and informative, battles are crisp and smooth, dashes are fast, and warps are handy. As for the negatives, it says that camera control might take some getting used to, load times are slightly long when switching between maps, and party members don’t participate much when fighting smaller enemies.

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is due out for PS Vita in Japan on July 21 and for PlayStation 4 in 2017.


07-13-2016, 07:46 AM
I am not pleased to hear that tbh.

I just beat Ys seven and Ys celceta and i can say that at 30 to 35 hours these things were almost outliving its welcome.
I am excited for Ys VIII but theres some thing i'm worrying about. The fishing in particular doesn't fit the pace of the series and will actually ruin it and be partially responsible for this longer length?
Another thing i'm worried about is performance. Unlike Seven, Celceta chugged alot. In the videos VIII also showed FPS problems, so i'm expecting the worse. It will be a factor in choosing the version to get.

Well... i'm worried but i still enjoy the series.

As for trails... good. Hopefully the localisation can keep pace and we can get it next year aswell. It would be nice to have the trilogy on the Vita.

Joe Redifer
07-14-2016, 03:59 AM
I agree with Nem. Most games are too long for their own good nowadays even at 30 hours.

07-15-2016, 11:51 AM
These games are never as long as the developers say if you mainly want the story. It's only when you do absolutely every single thing they become that long.

07-15-2016, 04:31 PM
I dunno. It took me about 35hours to complete Ys seven and i went mostly for the story.

I'm pretty sure that 40 hours aren't unthinkable.