Release Date (Online demo, Windows/Mac OS/Linux)
English: June 16th, 2013
“In the far future, people live 1000 meters deep underground. Technology is abundant, but life is a constant struggle. An organization sought to end this by sending people back in time to recover lost natural resources. Elcia is one of such people. As a Time Negotiator, it’s her job to travel across various dimensions and negotiate with people of the past.
However, in a strange twist of fate, Elcia accidentally stumbled upon an unknown dimension known as “Area-X” during her very first mission. Following its discovery, more bizarre incidents and conspiracies awaited her one after another - all of this eventually led to discovering the uncanny nature of the world and how it all ties to Elcia’s very own mysterious past…” (Source)
This is an indirect prequel, and takes place in the same world as Zeiva Inc’s previous game, X-Note! The demo can be played online. The full version costs USD$25.
MangaGamer’s Forums officially have a thread to request otome and BL games! For those who don’t know, MangaGamer is a company that provides English versions of bishoujo visual novels. Here’s what the mod says in the opening post:
“Please use this thread for requesting BL and Otome games you’d like to see us start licensing, as well as companies that produce them. Try and include at least one game as an example if you’re requesting a company/brand in general. Please try to limit the number of titles you request to say, 3-4. Try to give a short reason why as to better state your case.”
MangaGamer only licenses games for the PC, so please keep that in mind when making your request. You’ll need to make an account to do so, but it should only take a couple minutes. You can find a list of Japanese otome games for Windows here, and a list of Japanese BL games for Windows here.
Recently, a new English localization company has appeared. They said they are interested in localizing games. Here’s their website: http://www.acttil.com/top_en.html
Anyways, I had contacted them at their email: email@example.com
I asked them about whether they would consider localizing otome games. This was their reply:
Thank you very much for contacting us and taking an interest in acttil. We really appreciate it.
Regarding Otome games it is certainly a possibility. Wither we are able to acquire such titles from Japan depends on Idea Factory, but we are constantly looking for new and interesting games. Therefore, you’re suggestion like Norn9, Ozmafia, etc is very important to us. If we were to work on such titles we will definitely inform everybody.
Then, I had asked them whether demand played a factor and here was their second reply:
We generally base our selections with the following criteria fun factor, user interest, and cost of localization. Cost of localization depends on the developer and game, but user interest can be built by fans like yourselves. If you can let us know which title has many fan followings it would help to bring a game over. I hope this info helps.
From what I can tell, we should all ask for games that the majority of the otome fans would like to see in English.
So, rather than asking for several games, focus on around one or two otome games that are really popular. So what games would be a good idea to ask for? I was thinking Amnesia or Ozmafia.
Amnesia because it is one of the more well-known otome games and has an anime as well. Ozmafia because it is done by a debuting company, so I think the cost of localization would not be as high. What are your thoughts? Hopefully, we’ll be able to see more otome games in the West!
I personally think OZMAFIA!! is the best idea, partially because Poni-Pachet has already stated that they’d be interested in bringing over the game in English if their game does well in Japan.
Amnesia would be a good second choice, as it is one of the top choices in the fan-created poll on Aksys Games forums (it’s already been discussed in the thread why localizing Diabolik Lovers wouldn’t be a good idea at this point).
Edit: Norn9 is another popular game which has had quite a demand for localization recently (also see here). It’s due to be released in Japan at the end of this month for the PSP.
So please, if you have a moment, please email acctil at firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know you’d be interested in seeing OZMAFIA!!, Norn9 or Amnesia localized!
Xseed’s plate is a little full this year, but it’s not a definite no on the otome game front. :)
Also, I read on one of Xseed employee’s twitter that we should be specific on what titles we suggest and pick less text heavy titles around the size of Corpse Party: Book of Shadows. It has 20 hours of reading and about 380k characters. So does anyone know any otome titles that are about 20 hours long?
Post suggestions on Otome Suggestions Thread.
Today, Aksys Games released Hakuoki: Warriors of the Shinsengumi on Europe’s PSN.
Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi for the Nintendo 3DS
Aksys Games is pleased to announce the visual novel/otome title Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi, part of the critically acclaimed Hakuoki series, will be coming to the US! Bringing the hit Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom to the Nintendo 3DS™, Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi alsoutilizes the Nintendo 3DS™’s native 3D capabilities, includes new story content, and gives players the chance to take a photo with their favorite characters from Hakuoki! For more information, go to www.hakuoki.com/memories!
About Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi
At a time when shogunate and imperial forces clashed for supremacy over Japan, Chizuru travels to Kyoto in search of her missing father. She runs into the Shinsengumi, a band of samurai warriors sworn to protect the shogun. Chizuru soon learns that they, too, are looking for her father. What awaits them is more than just your typical missing person’s case, as they face off against imperial soldiers and the supernatural! But in the midst of all this madness, will sweet and innocent Chizuru find love?
An Epic Tale of Love and Honor – Learn about Chizuru and her many companions, as well as the secrets and political intrigue behind the Shinsengumi and the mystery of her missing father.
Six New Stories – Learn what happens in between major events, and gain a bit of insight into the minds of the characters! These side tales give new meaning to other events in the story.
See The Men of Hakuoki in 3D – Utilizing Nintendo 3DS™’s 3D functionality, play Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi in 3D!
Photo / Movie Gallery – As you progress through the game, unlock a myriad of photos and movies from important moments in the story!
Photo Booth Fun! – Get your friends and pose with your favorite characters in a variety of themes and backgrounds inspired by “purikura” – Japanese photo sticker booths! Create some unforgettable pictures!
So, if I had a contest or giveaway for Hakuoki would anyone participate (U.S. only)?
I was just wondering…
First, I would like to thank everyone for messaging Xseed! You’re all awesome. :]
There’s now a Otome Suggestions Thread in the Xseed forums. So, everyone be sure to post game suggestions.
Also, don’t forget Aksys Games Forums. There are several game request threads for otome games.
Otome Game Request (Mega thread)
Also, Sweet Fuse is up for preorder at Video Games Plus for International Fans.
Oops… It completely slipped my mind. ^_^;
Thanks for making an otome thread in the suggestions forum.
I’ll be sure to post on there.
So, I’m been thinking that maybe we should ask Xseed to localize some otome games. I came across this question when I was browsing XSeed’s Facebook page. So what do you say fellow otome gamers? Let’s make some noise!!