NIS America and Falcom tease working together on other projects

During today's Nintendo Direct Mini, we found out that NIS America and Falcom have teamed up to bring Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA to the Switch. According to the CEOs of each company, it seems like there might be some other collabs in the works between these two companies.

"I am extremely happy to have announced a collaborative project with Mr. Falcom. Of course not only for Ys fans, Falcom's fans, Nintendo's fans, for everyone, we would like to expand not only "Ys VIII" but also other titles."

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Sounds like they're gonna license a lot of their games for NISA to port. Good for both sides, as that way Nintendo owners get amazing, AAA quality games while Falcom gets to continue working on their core projects without worrying about taking a risk all on their own, since NISA's the one doing the porting and such

Eh, their recent games don't really have the reputation of being AAA from what I heard... But I agree with all the rest though. I'm really tempted to buy Y's.

Thu Jan 11 18 04:50pm
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'We would like to work on other things together' is not the same thing as 'We are working on other things together'.

You had me worried for a second.

I'm guessing the worry comes from NISA having a terrible localization track record?

Thu Jan 11 18 05:48pm
Rating: 1

Honestly, I am not all that familiar with NISA's track record in general, but with the Ys 8 collaboration specifically they managed to mess up seemingly everything they touched :

-The translation was terrible to the point where they had to redo and redub basically the entire script after releasing the game.

-Beta testers found the PC port so riddled with technical issues that that version (originally promised to launch on the same day as the PS4 version) wound up having a delay announced literally a day before it was supposed to release. Jury is still out on how well that version is ultimately going to run, seeing as how four months later we are still a couple weeks from its real release.

-They even managed to foul up the game's box, where they erroneously list non-existent Vita cross-play functionality and the section that details the features in French contains actual gibberish.

Other companies have expressed that they would be more than happy to port/publish Falcom's library, so I do not see a whole lot of upsides to continuing to work with NISA after this.

Yeah, I recall the woman from XSEED who used to localize the previous iterations said she actually cried when she found out they wouldn't be responsible for localization of Ys titles anymore. My understanding is the only reason that they went with NISA is because they said they'd have it localized faster than all of the other companies that were asked.

I always wonder how you even remember all this stuff. Do you have an iron memory or something, or do you do extensive research on every GoNintendo article?

"Do you have an iron memory or something"

Far from it. I barely remember anything, lol.

In this case, most of those things happened just a couple months ago, and since Ys is one of my favorite series, I have been looking forward to and following 8 (and the rolling catastrophe that has been NISA's handling of the Western release) for several years now.

It is kind of hard to miss when game news sites are reporting, 'Hey, one of the games you are most anticipating has a comically-inept translation that was not looked at by a human being.'


Oh, I see. I have some fondness for bad translations due to their comedic value, but I agree that they shouldn't be in any professional product.

...Unless maybe when it is absolutely intentional

"I have some fondness for bad translations due to their comedic value"

In that case, here you go: https://twitter.com/koestl/status/876221724374773760



Yeah, a lot of these are 'great'. The misplaced item descriptions, though... less great

Fri Jan 19 18 11:37pm
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Harm said:
-Beta testers found the PC port so riddled with technical issues that that version (originally promised to launch on the same day as the PS4 version) wound up having a delay announced literally a day before it was supposed to release. Jury is still out on how well that version is ultimately going to run, seeing as how four months later we are still a couple weeks from its real release.

Jury is in. We find the defendant

NISA said:
To all of you who have been anxiously awaiting the PC release of Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA, we have a very regrettable announcement: we are once again pushing the release to an as-of-yet indeterminate date.

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Thu Jan 11 18 04:55pm
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Trails of Cold Steel would be great.

Initial comments from Falcom on Switch had me worried about missed opportunity. But then Switch hit a fast 10 million which is irresistible news no matter what kind of developer you are. Glad to see Falcom in the mix.

Fri Jan 12 18 02:04am
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To be honest, this don't contradict what they said. They said they won't make anything for Switch, and they aren't. They are just letting other companies do it for them, exactly like they are often doing for PC and other platforms now. MUCH more profitable for them. I believe they only do the Playstation versions themselves, everything else are by others now (even the remakes/rereleases).
Basically, here the deal they have with NIS: They pay Falcom to get the right to port the game, port the game, market the port, pay for all expenses for the port, then give Falcom an (undisclosed) percentage of the sales. So in the end, Flacom do nothing more, and get more money. It end up either a Win-Win or a Win-Lose, all the risk being on the company porting their games.

Falcom said: “The Switch is very successful right now, but there’s still no positive guarantee that the fan base that would play Falcom games are on the Switch yet. It’s always been very important to look and see where our users are”
My position is that the average Switch owner is exactly the kind of user that would play an Y’s game. Their reasoning was not well researched, I feel, but no matter because here we are with a publisher that believes the same as me about Y’s and the Switch user base

That‘s not the complete true story. XSEED is desperately overworked since Marvelous AQL bought the company. Ken Berry stated a few times he would rather not release so many ecchi games but they have to since they belong to Marvelous now. XSEED have one professional programmer for their pc-ports, Sarah. But even she is overloaded with work. The Ys VII remastered pc-port was even handled by a different company XSEED hired for handling the port.

Falcom is searching for alternate publishers to bring their games to the west. What everyone suprised was that Aksys handled Tokyo Xanadu. The promotion and localization for the game was crap like we know it from a lot of titles Aksys localized for the west. They don‘t care.

NISA handled Ys VIII and their was a huge shitstorm created by XSEED fans who were disappointed in the localization NISA delivered. While the translation sounds a little too liberal it‘s nothing so dramatic to justify to re-edit the whole script and get the voice actors back for re-recording lines. NISA is also known for mediocre localizations but Ys VIII was solid. But we know what a backlash from sulky fanboys can cause these days. This was very unpleasant for NISA and the president himself apologized. The deal with Falcom seems very important to them otherwise they would have given three fu*** like Aksys did.

Never played any game in the series or Falcom games for that matter. This will be the first.

Props to NISA for bringing it over.

I hope they don't snatch Trails from XSeed like they did with Ys.

I wonder if they plan on bring Ys: Memories of Celceta at some point as well. Haven't played that one nor this one yet. I know some fans are mixed that the newer games follow Ys VII style of gameplay tho.

It may come to the Switch and Steam when XSEED announce it. Count on it.

It's really neat seeing Ys titles making way now. If they could put some of the Legend of Heroes/Trails games or that remake of Brandish on NS, that'd be great.

psi wind
Thu Jan 11 18 07:20pm
Rating: 2

This needs a correction. NIS Japan is the one who's porting the games over. NISA would publish any ports. And for those worried about NISA doing their own localization for, say, Cold Steel, they've released games with XSEED scripts before.

Bring every single JRPG you've got. I want them all.

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