Keeping you updated on the latest in English otome games!
Here you'll find information about traditional visual novel style GxB otome games, RPGs with otome elements, as well as GxG games made for a female audience.
An otome game (乙女ゲーム, otome gēmu, literally meaning girl game) is a story based video game that is targeted towards a female market. Generally one of the goals, besides the main plot goal, is to develop a romantic relationship between the female player character and one of several male, or occasionally female characters.
Support Otome Games in America (NISA)
Another company that I believe we should ask to localize otome games is NISA. NISA’s parent company NIS is responsible for the Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ series and Kamigami no Asobi. Unfortunately, when someone posted a game request thread for Uta no☆Prince-sama it was promptly closed and it was stated NISA wouldn’t be able to localize it. The good news is, there are two otome game request threads that are still open. I believe if we all work together, we can show companies there is a market for otome games in English. :)
NISA Threads: Kamigami no Asobi - Ludere deorum & Otomate Games (Idea Factory)
NISA Email: email@example.com
DEVN 2014 Demographic Survey - Results
The results of the survey are now released! I helped PyTom make this infographic that shows the statistics.
Starry☆Sky ~After Spring~
Release dates (Windows)
Japanese: December 10th, 2010
Unofficial English patch: June 4th, 2014
"After Spring takes place in Autumn, when the students of Seigatsu Gakuen are busy with preparations for the upcoming cultural festival. They’re holding an exhibition, and some advisors from USA come to help the students. Yahisa Tsukiko, along with her childhood friends Nanami Kanata and Tohzuki Suzuya, are surprised to see their friend Tomoe Yoh there.
Yoh had come to see her in March, but left for America by the end of Spring. It turns out that Yoh is one of the advisors, and he’ll be staying in Japan until the culture festival is over.” (Source)
The English patch for Starry☆Sky ~After Spring~ has been released by otomegirlkawaii! This is the sequel to Starry☆Sky ~in Spring~. You can download it here!
Please note, this download includes the English patch only. The original Japanese game can be purchased from Amazon.com for about USD$20 (depending on the seller), then patched.
You’ll also need to change your system locale language to play this game. To do so, simply go to the Control Panel, then Clock, Language and Region (or Region and Language). Click the Administrative tab, then Change system locale to Japanese (Japan).
This can easily be changed back to English once you’re done playing by following the same directions and selecting English instead of Japanese.
You can watch the opening video here!
DEVN 2014 - Demographics of the EVN community
DEVN is a survey of the demographics of people who use English to discuss the creation of visual novels, and everyone who plays visual novels created by the EVN (English Visual Novel) community.
It’ll will be open through June 4, 2014. So if you see this before then, please let us know about yourself.
Bolded a few lines for emphasis and added the definition of “EVN” to make sure everyone know what it means.
This survey only takes a minute to fill!
The newest installment in the Harvest Moon series (called “Connect to a New Land” in Japanese) has been announced for localization in English! XSEED will be translating the game as opposed to Natsume, so due to legal issues, this new game will simply be called “Story of Seasons” without the Harvest Moon title.
The game will be for the 3DS, and is scheduled for a Winter 2014 release. To get updates, check out the official Facebook page.
You can pre-order it here from Amazon.com for USD$39.99!
Weekly news. Standard edition packaging! Sorry I’m a bit late. I was waiting for the birthday party next door to calm down, but that wound up not happening. If you listen real hard, you can hear kids playing in the background. XD
Check out the packaging for the standard edition of the upcoming game Backstage Pass!
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