All-Ages KiraKira Port And Higurashi Episode 5 Announced

By Ishaan . January 31, 2010 . 12:42pm

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An "all-ages" version of punk rock visual novel KiraKira by developer Overdrive will be available for download starting January 31 for 29.95 Euros. The story in the edited version will be identical to the original game with slight text alterations and no naughty bits.

 

When recently asked about the viability of reaching out to a broader audience via removal of sexual content from some of MangaGamer’s titles, localization editor EvoSpace told us, "I’m not sure about ‘reaching out to more people’ because in order to enjoy these titles, the customer / user needs to be of certain age anyway, and most of the time, the sex scenes are part of the story. At least in Japan, the all-age bishoujo visual novels never sell like the Adults-only equivalent (Unless its a big title like Little Busters!), and could even be a dangerous investment. As for the titles that already have an all age version, yes, it is possible to offer them in English along with the Adult version."

 

In addition, MangaGamer also confirmed a release date for another all-ages game — a standalone episode 5 of Higurashi When They Cry, starting February 28, priced at 19.95 Euros, with the remaining three chapters slated to release individually over the comings months.


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  • Soma

    Very cool that these visual novels are getting an english release. Even if the “naughty bits” are going to be cut. I know that the adult oriented games will certainly draw more sales, but I can play these games without the adult material, that’s even better.

  • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

    KiraKira was also released on the PS2 in Japan. I wonder if they are basing this version on that in some way.
    I think omitting the adult scenes are fine in this case since they felt a bit shoehorned and really divided itself from the story for the most part.

    Although, I’m going to miss “Good morning, B*tches!” and the beach party scene.

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      Yea, I can’t imagine it being as funny with all the random cursing taken out. That was what made it hilarious.

  • Jaxx-Leviathan

    Hm, KiraKira supposedly have a story that is interesting and fun enough to be capable of carrying the game without the naughty bits. Other VN’s like the above-mentioned Little Busters and of course Fate/Stay Night have done well as all-ages editions, I think KiraKira could manage the same.

  • doubleO7

    Im a big Higurashi fan and would love to play the visual novels, but I live in America. Is it still possible for me to buy them? Is it possible to buy anything from MangaGamer with US dollars or my credit card? Or would my only option be to somehow aquire some Euros?

    • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

      Yeah, you can still play it. Credit card is the only payment they accept, so just be sure to check with a currency converter as it’s listed in Euros. It works like any other payment process online, but they also have a step-by-step FAQ at their site if you want to see how it’s laid out.

      That’s another thing it would be great for them to look into – putting a little currency prince point just to let people know as opposed to guesstamating.

  • SanityCrisis

    Individually? But it’s been stated several times in interviews with them that “It’s easy to lower the price, but harder for the opposite.” 19.99 Euros each is more than twice the price for the first set. I think more than a few people will notice that.

    Selling them individually is great for eager fans who need it right when it comes out, but do you think they’ll release sets that are slightly (even one Euro would be nice) cheaper too? Just wondering.

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      I’m sorry, I didn’t see this until just now. I’ll ask them about this the next time we talk. :)

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