NIS America To Improve The Quality Of Ys VIII’s Localization

If you’ve played either the PlayStation 4 or PlayStation Vita version of Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA, you might have noticed that the English localization isn’t the best. Taking criticism of the localization to heart, NIS America has announced plans to update the localization, including re-translating and re-editing text, as well as even going so far as to rerecord voice-overs to match changes made to the dialogue. The best part? The revisions will be released as a free patch for existing consumers “by the end of November.” The PC version, on the other hand, will launch with the new localization already implemented.

Additionally, NIS America President and CEO Takuro Yamashita has issued the following apology regarding the localization.

“To All Customers of Ys VIII,

Thank you for all the feedback and support we have received since the launch of Ys VIII. It has come to my attention that the quality of the Ys VIII localization has not reached an acceptable level by our own standards, but most importantly by yours. As president of NIS America, Inc. I want to apologize to you personally for this grave error. This situation should not have happened – especially to a game as wonderful as Ys VIII and by a company that strives to deliver the very best customer experience in each title. We have begun internally to investigate the causes of this situation as well as to implement steps to ensure that a similar situation does not occur again.

As for Ys VIII itself, we will have a new translator and editor go over the entire localization to fix grammatical errors, typos, inconsistencies, and also to take a fresh look at the dialog and characterizations. For the script, where necessary, we will re-translate and re-edit the game including updating voicework to reflect these changes. We plan to have this work done by the end of November and will offer the updated localization free of charge for both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita versions of the game via patch. The Steam version of the game will include this localization in its initial release.

We humbly request your patience in this process.

Again, as the president and CEO of NIS America, Inc, I deeply apologize and vow to you that we will bring the quality of the localization of Ys VIII up to the high standards that it and you deserve.

Please allow us this opportunity to restore your faith in NIS America, Inc.

Takuro Yamashita”

Ys VIII is available both in stores and on the PlayStation Store. The PlayStation 4 version is available here for $59.99, whereas the PlayStation Vita version is available here for $39.99.

Matt Chelen

Matt has been playing games for as long as he can remember. He got into games journalism during college.

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