Oddly enough, I have been seeing an increase in the visual novel announcements in Anime News Network. For some of you who are unfamiliar, I'm one of the news and wiki moderator of Anime Vice. Part of my job is to bring out news related to our community's scope.
I have 2 hub threads that started out due to Otakon and the Manchester convention in the UK, Sekai Project and Manga Gamer. I'm not familiar with visual novel market. It's safe to assume that industry and fans of the west are heavily going into the visual novels, making it a lucrative business.
I'll post trailers not relating to those new companies.
VisualArts released a trailer for Giniro, Haruka (Silver, Distant or Winter Comes Around. We Meet Again)
The release date is summer 2016. Here's the summary:
The game's story is divided into three parts: a middle school part, a high school part, and a conclusion. The player character will grow alongside the heroines in a relationship that will span 10 years.
I assumed this is a Japanese release since the news article wasn't as specific.
Post by EvilMegaCookie on Jan 3, 2016 23:35:48 GMT
Now this one seems to have an interesting premise. Growing up alongside the heroines that is. And the art looks pretty good as well. It would be interesting if one could choose the gender of the protagonist. But I doubt it.
Beastmaster and Prince -Flower & Snow- (Mōjūtsukai to Ōji-sama ~Flower & Snow~)
Publisher: b2g Studio
There is a kickstarter to localize the game on PC via Steam.
The story begins with our protagonist, Tiana, who dreams of becoming a great Beastmaster. In her travels she encounters four Princes from the neighboring kingdom of Farzan, who were cursed and transformed into animals by a witch. The first Prince, Matheus became a Lion; the second, Alfred, became a Wolf; the third Prince, Lucia, became a Duck; and the fourth, Erik, became a Rabbit. Tiana wants to save the Princes and will do all she can to lift the curse. However, they soon learn that the curse was only the beginning of a conspiracy brewing within the kingdom…
True Blue: Renegade mages, homicidal maniacs and secret organizations are but a few of the maniacal adversaries that will test your resolve in this epic quest centered in theBlazBlue universe!
New Levels of Immersion: XBlaze Code: Embryo pushes the limits of interactive storytelling by utilizing facial, mouth synchronization, and body configuration to breathe unparalleled levels of life into its characters!
Master the Tides of Fate: The TOi system allows players to read information about the world, thus altering the path ahead. Choose additional information to change your fate and unlock multiple story paths and endings!
The story begins on February 6, 2036 at 06:28:15, when New York, London, Shanghai, Moscow, and Tokyo's Shinjuku are destroyed. This happens due to a problem in 2036 when computers' timekeeping algorithms overflow, causing defense systems and military satellites to target these major cities.
Because an even bigger problem is predicted to occur in 2038, the super computer Gaia creates another Earth using its Earth simulation program. That simulated Earth confirms what would happen in 2038. However, even though no humans were born in that simulation at first, when an Arecibo message was sent to the Earth simulation, humanity came into existence.
Although the researchers were overjoyed, the people within the Earth simulator also create a super computer of their own, and an Earth simulator now exists inside the Earth simulator. The researchers now question their own existence.
The game's protagonist is a hacker named Poron Takaoka, and the game takes place in the advanced information society that has sprung up in Tokyo's Nakano district in the year 2037. According to Shikura, the player can "loop," thanks to the protagonist's ability called "Save & Load." With this ability, he hacks into God to make looping possible. Thanks to an encounter with a mysterious, unfamiliar girl named Momo, he faces the truth of the "Earth Simulator" that operates the world.
Cross Yumikawa A member of the Bike Graper group "Crow," as well as Poron's best friend and partner. He is a good friend for the cheeky Poron, as Cross has a manly, reliable, and caring personality. He has a strong sense of justice, and even calls himself the "Chivalrous Thief Hacker."
Juno Saionji Also known as "The Ghost." She is the world's strongest hacker who appears in the most unexpected of places without being detected thanks to her powers of stealth.
Team Azoth The members of Team Azoth consist of Tengen "Oz" Ozutani and Nonoka "Nonno" Hōshō. Oz is experienced in research and negotiations, while Nonno is a cheeky but skilled hacker. The two work together as an odd-jobs digital detective service. There are times when the duo offer jobs to Poron and Cross' team Crow.
Bambi Kurashina The leader of the idol group "Cyber Force Doll," which serves as the poster group for the Metropolitan Police Department's anti-cyber crimes unit. She's a go-getter and loves to sing, but is a bit clumsy. She's the kind of energetic person who takes on anything with all she has.
Gai Computer Corporation The Gai Computer Corporation has global clout and has a powerful background in science and technology. The organization centers around the young genius hacker Asuma, who developed the Gaia super computer. Asuma's two subordinates Yuan Okada and Graham Kinglee are searching the streets of Nakano to capture a certain individual.
Poron Takaoka The protagonist of the story. He is called Poron by his friends. Poron dedicates his life to his Bike Graper team "Crow," which he formed with his partner Cross and his other hacker friends to participate in the futuristic sport. He values his own emotions over logic and is hasty, but is not conceited, making his personality something of a rarity among hackers. Despite this, his high level of concentration is something to behold.
Momo Aizaki A mysterious girl Poron encounters. She has a kind personality and is very innocent and calm and always puts others before herself. However, her actions sometimes make her seem robotic, as if some of her emotions are missing.
The visual novel, Air, will get PlayStation Vita port.
The new port will add a visual novel adaptation of the spinoff novel "Hatsuzora no Shō" (New Year's Sky Chapter). The story focuses on Kanna and Uraha, and how they first met.
The port will also add touchscreen functionality to make choices, move ahead in dialogue, and jump to the next set of choices. The port will support 960x544-pixel resolution, and the colors of the game will be fine-tuned to better suit the PS Vita.
Visual Art's/Key released the original adult visual novel on the PC in 2000, and shipped an all-ages version in 2001. The visual novel has since been ported to the Sega Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, and iOS/Android devices. In 2005, Kyoto Animation produced a 13-episode television anime series based on the visual novel, and Toei Animation produced an anime film in the same year.
Date: July 29 (Steam -> All Ages Version), ? (PC, Adult version)
This visual novel has its own crowdfunding campaign. I cannot link you to the site as it violates the advertising rule in our community.
Meet Keiji Osaki: a young man who hates dealing with machines, despite being very skilled at working with them. That's just the kind of guy he is.
After failing his college entrance exams, he begins helping out at his grandfather's workshop, which specializes in repairing VORKS, heavy-duty industrial robots. For a while, he enjoyed a quiet life in the countryside, doted on by the workshop's regular patrons.
One day, however, his life suddenly takes a turn for the strange, when he encounters a metallic lifeform attached to a meteorite that fell from the sky.
To make things even more complicated, the organism he rescues takes the form of a forgotten girl from his past. This is how his life with the metallic organism known as R-ne begins. But after a while, R-ne learns how to speak, and tells Keiji that she wants to go back to her home planet. Moved by her words, he sets his mind on sending her back into space, no matter what.
This may prove difficult, though, when a female space pirate - also known as a rare metal hunter - appears out of nowhere, and gets in his way.
Caught up in this whirlwind, will Keiji and his friends be able to send R-ne safely back to her homeland?
More important details for the different versions:
The all-ages version of the game is slated for release on the PC via Steam on July 29 for US$10. Frontwing will offer a patch for the game that will remove censorship and adult scenes at the same time as the game's launch for an additional US$10. The physical copy of the game will include the adult content, and will be available in select stores in Japan, as well as a reward for backers of the Indiegogo campaign. All versions of the game will include both English and Japanese text, with Japanese audio. Frontwing's in-house translation team worked on the game's translation.
Aside from a key for the game on Steam, other backer rewards include a bundle with the adult content patch, the digital soundtrack, a physical copy of the game, a shikishi art board, artbook, the backer's name in the game's credits, tapestries, happi coats, hoodies, 3D mouse pads, and a unique shikishi portraying a character of the backer's choice, drawn by character designer Nanaca Mai.
Plot: On your journey around the world, you arrive in a strange town where the better one is at puzzle games, the more popular they will be. There, you meet a girl named Kei Atorizuka, who sets you up to live at a dorm with other cute girls. Do you think you'll be able to win the hearts of your fellow dorm mates by completing puzzles?
This game is by Visual Art and it's release on Steam
Visual novel publisher Visual Art's announced on Tuesday that it has released Tomoyo After ~It's a Wonderful Life~ visual novel in English on PC via Steam. The game is currently discounted until the end of the day on Friday.
One day Tomoyo's brother, Takafumi, brings his father's illegitimate child, Tomo, to Tomoya's apartment. Tomo had been abandoned by her mother, and Tomoya and Tomoyo reluctantly decide they would look after her. Furthermore, Takafumi's ex-girlfriend, Kanako, ran away from her home just before the start of summer vacation. She too ends up staying in Tomoya's room.
Tomoya, Tomoyo, Tomo, Takafumi, Kanako. And so begins the first and the last summer these five people will spend together.
Plot: The visual novel's story is set in an unnamed "wheel country," where those who are considered criminals are given "obligations" to fulfill before re-entering society. These obligations take the form of absolute rules which, the violation of which results in the person's transfer to a forced-labor camp. The individuals that can hand down these obligations are "Special High Class Individuals," a distinct stratum of society. The game's protagonist, Kenichi Morita, is undergoing his final examination to be a "Special High Class Individual," which entails that he return to his hometown and rehabilitate three former classmates, reconnecting him with a past that he had left behind.
There were news on this game's kickstarter campaign being suspended
AKABEi SOFT2, Frontwing, and Tokyo Otaku Mode's Kickstarter campaign to localize AKABEi SOFT2's visual novel Sharin no Kuni, Himawari no Shōjo updated on Friday to announce the cancellation of the project and plans to launch a new campaign.
The project earned US$55,165 from 675 backers, but was only 39% funded with eight days remaining. The staff explained that "reaching our fundraising goal is extremely unlikely at this point."
The announcement also included an apology to backers. "Our project team recognizes the many issues that this Kickstarter project has borne from its initial stages, from promotion and communication to the funding goal and rewards," the update said. "We have reflected greatly upon all of these."
The staff are planning to launch the new Kickstarter campaign at the end of August. Before the launch, the staff will reconsider the goal amounts, reward tiers, and advertising, as well as consider adding new platforms, such as PlayStation Vita and Android, and rewards.
Active Gaming Media and GREE announced they will license and release Shuffle via Steam in November 2016
The release will include English text with the Japanese audio. Active Gaming Media's new "YumeHaven" visual novel brand is localizing the game. Active Gaming Media stated that YumeHaven "provides official translations of high-quality Japanese 'bishojo' visual novels for distribution throughout the world."
Plot: In a certain ancient ruin, two doors were discovered, then accidentally opened. Through these doors were two different worlds: the World of the Gods, and the World of Demons. The three worlds from then on out became interconnected, bringing drastic changes to the human world... The story takes place in an average town in an average country. Two different families moved in either side of a boy who was living in peace and quiet. These were the families of the King of the Gods and the King of the Demons, the rulers of their respective worlds. Both of these Kings had moved upon the wishes of their daughters, who had been in love with the boy since they were young. Years ago, the two girls met the boy only for a moment and neither of them could forget that fateful encounter as they continued to hold him close in their hearts. Now, with the boy's friends and roommates and all sorts of other people getting mixed up in their story, they begin their new lives―full of trouble, despair, and maybe a little bit of hope. “The man who can become either God, Demon, or Human.” As his friends jokingly call him this, packed with a bit of both sarcasm and envy, the story begins…
Frontwing launched a countdown before they unveiled this new game
Visual novel developer Frontwing's official website launched a countdown on Tuesday. The countdown shows silhouettes of two characters, and the text "3 days to go," indicating it will end on Friday. The website updated with another image with different silhouettes and the text "2 days to go" on Wednesday. At the end of the countdown, Frontwing will reveal its newest project, along with the project's four heroines.
This week's issue of Kadokawa's Weekly Famitsu magazine reported on Wednesday that MAGES.' Chaos;Child Love chu☆chu!!, the spinoff fan disc of the Chaos;Child visual novel, will ship for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan on March 30, in both standard and limited editions. The standard edition on the PS4 costs 7,800 yen (about US$75), while the limited edition costs 9,800 yen (about US$94). The standard edition on the PS Vita will cost 6,800 yen (about US$65), while the limited edition costs 8,800 yen (about US$85).
Chaos;Child Love chu-chu!! Spinoff Fan Disc is being set for March for PS4 and PS Vita
In the original Chaos;Child visual novel's psycho-suspense story, after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hits Tokyo's Shibuya ward on November 6, 2009, a black fire spreads and causes mass panic on the day of the earthquake. The sudden disaster that becomes known as the "Shibuya Earthquake" kills 3,851 people and injures 30,927 more.
The "delusional science adventure" game is set in a reconstructed Shibuya district in October 2015. A string of mysterious deaths occurs in Shibuya amidst the reconstruction. People begin to take notice as the strange events start on the same day that chaos broke out in Shibuya with a certain incident five years earlier. The events are called the "Return of the New Generation Madness."
Chaos;Child is a sequel to 5pb.'s earlier "science-adventure" game Chaos;HEAd. Chaos;HEAd had already inspired a Chaos;HEAd Love Chu☆Chu! fan disc. 5pb. described the romantic comedy spinoff as "delusion exploding adventure" game.
Dream: Looks like a remake of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni will be airing in July. The original seiyuu from the 2000s series will reprise their roles for the remake and judging from the animation, looks like it will have more polish to it compared...
Mar 21, 2020 21:51:24 GMT
Dream: ...to the 2000s series.
Mar 21, 2020 21:51:30 GMT
Taka: That's interesting to hear. Didn't know it was going to get a remake.
Mar 22, 2020 0:33:35 GMT
Dream: Guess I'm gonna focus on wrapping up Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken whenever it comes out today. Been one of my favorites for the season.
Mar 22, 2020 16:44:54 GMT
Taka: I need to catch up or drop/put on hold whatever series I tried.
Mar 22, 2020 21:25:15 GMT
Taka: 1 confirmed death in my hometown next to 19 confirmed cases. I heard the police are fining folks for not practicing social distancing on Facebook.
Mar 24, 2020 2:31:40 GMT
Dream: At least in New York right now, they're not enforcing it. But non-essential employers who aren't abiding by shutting down at this point will be fined and shut down at this point.
Mar 24, 2020 13:38:28 GMT
Master Menos: Had some serious personal trouble go on, but now I'm through it. On-Topic, where I'm in, everything but the stores (and possibly the restaurants) are closed down.
Mar 27, 2020 17:48:40 GMT
Taka: They closed off beaches and parks along bike paths as well as extending K-12 school closure to mid May while colleges are cancelled for the semester.
Mar 29, 2020 0:47:15 GMT
CosmicNoirTear: Everything closed on my part. I live by a bunch of shopping centers. All of the are ghost towns. Hopefully means most people where I live are taking this seriously. Also got laid off from my job two weeks ago.
Mar 29, 2020 2:46:08 GMT
Dream: My county has 6 confirmed cases. Restaurants and bars have been on take-out or delivery only for about a couple weeks now since New York's the hardest hit state. Hasn't been too different for me any who since I've been out of work and tight on money...
Mar 29, 2020 15:11:51 GMT
Dream: ...to do anything outside of getting essentials and job hunting in recent months. Though with the state pretty much on lockdown, likely gonna have a rough time finding any employer to work with in-person for a while.
Mar 29, 2020 15:13:27 GMT
El_Directo: Stay safe guys
Mar 29, 2020 20:08:55 GMT
Taka: I think the only thing not closed for mass gathering other than essential services would be funerals in my area. The mayor and staff have been pretty busy in clarifying things in press releases. Edit: my mistake. Funerals are closed.
Mar 29, 2020 21:52:25 GMT
Dream: Gonna try whipping up a review for Dorohedoro at some point tomorrow. Find that I have quite a bit to cover with the series.
Mar 30, 2020 3:39:57 GMT