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Just curious.
I do get the irony and I'm also not keen on this contemporary trend of Japanese studios of releasing a HUGE number of DLC for their full-priced games for ridiculously expensive prices but, to be completely fair to Nihon Falcom and NISA, if you buy the base Ys VIII, you do get the full game. The paid DLC is only cosmetic, plus two packs of healing items and materials for those who may be struggling with the game. You're not missing anything if you decide not to buy the DLC packs.

I don't know about Trails of Cold Steel, since I don't really play "traditional" turn-based JRPGs, so I can't comment on those; I honestly have no clue whether they're walling off content in those games. With Ys VIII, though, no content is cut and then sold back to you, unless you have some kind of OCD and *really* need to have the extra costumes (that add absolutely nothing to the gameplay).

Considering Falcom/NISA's practice regarding Lacrimosa of DANA, I'm assuming Monstrum Nox will have costume/health/consumable packs, yes. Even Tokyo Xanadu eX+ has them, and that's not a NISA published title (Aksys Games has Tokyo Xanadu eX+'s publishing rights), so I guess Falcom is the one to blame for this greedy practice. But, hey!, at least they're not pulling a Capcom, walling-off ACTUAL game content and then making consumers pay to "activate" it.

[EDIT] Also, it's WAY too soon to properly answer your question, all we can do is assume. You'd need an actual NISA or Falcom employee to visit these forums (which they don't) in order to get a "proper" official answer. Since the game isn't out until 2021, all we can do right now is speculate.
Post edited July 22, 2020 by groze
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groze: I do get the irony and I'm also not keen on this contemporary trend of Japanese studios of releasing a HUGE number of DLC for their full-priced games for ridiculously expensive prices but, to be completely fair to Nihon Falcom and NISA, if you buy the base Ys VIII, you do get the full game. The paid DLC is only cosmetic, plus two packs of healing items and materials for those who may be struggling with the game. You're not missing anything if you decide not to buy the DLC packs.

I don't know about Trails of Cold Steel, since I don't really play "traditional" turn-based JRPGs, so I can't comment on those; I honestly have no clue whether they're walling off content in those games. With Ys VIII, though, no content is cut and then sold back to you, unless you have some kind of OCD and *really* need to have the extra costumes (that add absolutely nothing to the gameplay).

Considering Falcom/NISA's practice regarding Lacrimosa of DANA, I'm assuming Monstrum Nox will have costume/health/consumable packs, yes. Even Tokyo Xanadu eX+ has them, and that's not a NISA published title (Aksys Games has Tokyo Xanadu eX+'s publishing rights), so I guess Falcom is the one to blame for this greedy practice. But, hey!, at least they're not pulling a Capcom, walling-off ACTUAL game content and then making consumers pay to "activate" it.

[EDIT] Also, it's WAY too soon to properly answer your question, all we can do is assume. You'd need an actual NISA or Falcom employee to visit these forums (which they don't) in order to get a "proper" official answer. Since the game isn't out until 2021, all we can do right now is speculate.
I like Legend of Heroes more than Ys, though they're both on my top ten list, and I can say from owning them all here that no actual content has been walled off on any FAlcom release.

It's all cosmetic or cheat DLC, no story content is lost by not purchasing extras, and I've honestly found things that could be earned in game to be preferable to the paid DLC in the end.

As to this one, there could always be a first, but I highly doubt Falcom would do something like that.

People buy DLC to support them, because they make good games abnd don't treat their customers like garbage, locking away content behind a paywall would definitely burn some of thet goodwill they have from very long time fans like myself.
If anything, the non-cosmetic DLC makes the games kinda worse by removing the challenge.

Honestly, I prefer this approach to the western development method of chopping up portions of the game to sell later.
Ys 8 was the first game in the Ys series to have DLCs and non of those were connected to game's story or gameplay at all. Yes, some of the DLCs give you items but all of those are easily obtainable under the first hour of non-completionist playing. If anything then the reason is questionable, giving literally nothing for their price. Feels more like support contents if someone want to pay a bit plus.

The skins/costumes were mere make-of-enjoy contents. Normally I would say why not but the HD texture update doesn't support any of these skins. Compared to the fully updated game all of the costume DLCs are having lower resolutions. Some of the skins also Japanese release exclusive contents, like the pirate or swimsuit DLC and neither Steam nor GOG had it as far as I know.

What I want to point on isn't a problem. All I want to say is the Ys games were always complete, and even if there is additional contents it isn't fully supported anyway. If you remember The Oath in Felghana and Memories of Celceta but there is the Ys 8 HD patch as well, anything that extend the game's capabilities were always patched into the game for free (though I recall my friend saying the HD patch is a DLC for the PC version but still free).
I can't find this in the store anymore. Is it still coming to GOG?
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Twanmalla: I can't find this in the store anymore. Is it still coming to GOG?
Maybe something is wrong with the search function but here it is:

https://www.gog.com/game/ys_ix_monstrum_nox
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Twanmalla: I can't find this in the store anymore. Is it still coming to GOG?
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Hustlefan: Maybe something is wrong with the search function but here it is:

https://www.gog.com/game/ys_ix_monstrum_nox
ahh thank you very much. Yeah when I clicked it on my Wishlist it would send me to the main page or when I searched for it I couldn't find it. Thank you, that link works :)
Something strange is going on. The game completely disappeared from my wish list! It's also not longer present in the "upcoming games" section. On top of that - It's not longer present if you use the search function.

Only the above link ( https://www.gog.com/game/ys_ix_monstrum_nox ) leads to the sale page!

I get a very, very uncomfortable feeling about this. It's only days before the game should be sold on GOG.

PLEASE DON'T TELL ME IT'S CANCELLED ON GOG!!!!!!!

I have the full Falcom collection here on GOG. I would really, really, really HATE to be forced to buy the game on Steam.

Anyone has an idea what's going on?
Search and store page seem to work correctly now. The game did disappear from my wishlist inbetween whatever it is that happened but i re-added it. Probably a database error or whatevs.

Back to the waiting game now.

On topic: When it comes to cosmetic and cheat DLC that seems to be a trend in recent japanese games i completely ignore the cheat ones and view the cosmetics as a "tipping jar" of sorts. Liked the game? Thank the dev by buying this cute outfit.
By no means do i consider this model as a "game sold in pieces". You might want to look at the recent release of SMT 3: Nocturne HD as a true example of literally selling a game in pieces, OP.
Post edited July 01, 2021 by Hikage1983