UPDATES: NIS America Announces Week of Falcom News; New Game Announcements, Activities & Sweepstakes

Publisher NIS America has announced that this week is to be full of news and announcements related to Nihon Falcom. Each day of this week will boast some type of news, whether it be minor or major.

So far, the currently revealed announcements are listed below:

Further, their official website has the following schedule:

  • Monday 10/17
    • Ys IX: Monstrum Nox announced for PS5!
    • The Legend of Heroes: Trails to Azure release date is March 14 (US) / March 17 (EU) / March 24 (ANZ)
    • *NEW* NISA Online Store merchandise preorder for the Ys Anniversary Acrylic Stand!
  • Tuesday 10/18
    • Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA PS5 Controller Sweepstakes
  • Wednesday 10/19
    • “Who is the Queen of Crossbell?” Trails to Azure Twitter Poll
  • Thursday 10/20
    • Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA (PS5) – Christmas Song preview – included in the Deluxe Edition!
    • Ys Live stream @ 4:30 PM PDT on the NISA Twitch channel
  • Friday 10/21
    • *Special Update* stay tuned!
    • The Legend of Heroes: Trails into Reverie Voice Actor Live stream @ 2:00 PM PDT on the NISA Twitch channel

An Ys 35th Anniversary Collector’s Pin & Acrylic is available for pre-order for $39.99 ahead of a March 2023 shipment.

We’ll be sure to keep you all updated on any announcements made throughout this week.

UPDATE 10/18/2022: NIS America and NIS America Europe are hosting giveaways for an Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana-themed PlayStation 5 controller alongside the Deluxe Edition of the game’s upcoming PlayStation 5 port. Click on those hyperlinks in the previous sentence for directions related to each regional storefront.


UPDATE 10/18/2022: NIS America’s recent Steam blog post confirms that The Legend of Heroes: Trails into Reverie is launching in Summer 2023.

“…Trails into Reverie on its heels summer 2023.”

UPDATE 10/19/2022: NIS America has begun the “New Queen of Crossbell” poll. Directions for participating are accessible via the announcement tweet.

This same vote was held for The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero, and Rixia Mao won.

The choosable girls are as follows:

  • Tio Plato
  • Sully Atraid
  • Sonya Baelz
  • Shizuku MacLaine
  • Rixia Mao
  • Noel Seeker
  • Mariabell Crois
  • Elie MacDowell
  • Cecile Neues
  • KeA
  • Ilya Platiere
  • Grace Lynn
  • Fran Seeker

UPDATE 11/4/2022: Tio Plato has won the poll, making her the new queen of Crossbell:

An official stream on October 20, 2022, via the official NIS America Twitch channel at 4:30 PM PT/7:30 PM ET will “dive into the latest and greatest Ys news.”


  • Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana will run at 120 FPS at 1080p and 60 FPS at 4K resolution.
  • No PS4 to PS5 upgrading because of DLC (yet to be fully confirmed.)
  • Trophy list is separate from PlayStation 4 & no PS4 to PS5 cross-save (yet to be fully confirmed)
  • Much faster loading, higher-resolution textures, greater draw distance, smoother shadows, Keyboard & Mouse Support
  • No plans to bring DLC to other platforms
  • No co-op mode from PC
  • The additional DLC costumes added to the PS5 version, such as the Laxia Greek Summer & School Swimsuit costumes and the Instructor Rean Hug-Hug attachment, have no plans to come to other versions.

UPDATE 10/20/2022: A preview video of Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana’s “Lacrimosa of Dana” Christmas arrangement was shared, viewable below. This album, comprising two tracks, will be included in the incoming PlayStation 5 version of the game.

The limited edition for The Legend of Heroes: Trails into Reverie was revealed via the official Falcom event website, viewable below. Pre-orders are not yet available.


UPDATE 10/21/2022:

Additionally, a new official desktop and mobile wallpaper of Dana from Ys VIII by @moshimoshibe is available for download in three versions.

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The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki is now available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC via Steam in Japan.

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki II Crimson Sin is now available on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 in Japan. Check out our latest coverage of this release, which also acts as an avenue for previous extensive instances of doing so.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero is now available on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via the Epic Games StoreGOG, and Steam.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails to Azure is releasing for Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC via the Epic Games Store, GOG, and Steam in March 2023.

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is launching natively for PlayStation 5  on November 15, 2022, in North America, and on November 18, 2022, for Europe. The title is currently available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is launching natively for PlayStation 5 in Spring 2023.

The Legend of Nayuta: Boundless Trails is coming to PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC in 2023.

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