Here’s The House in Fata Morgana, A Gothic Visual Novel You Might Get To Play

By Ishaan . June 2, 2013 . 11:00pm

In 2011, Active Gaming Media, the localization studio involved with Demon’s Souls, No More Heroes and If My Heart Had Wings, launched an indie game distribution platform called Playism. Playism is aimed at both a Japanese and Western audience, and the studio is now turning its sights to indie visual novels.


Playism are considering localizing a game called The House in Fata Morgana. This is a gothic-style visual novel set in a haunted mansion, where a mysterious maid guides you through the house’s history. The game’s story is split up into eight chapters, and is developed by Novetacle, a Japanese visual novel studio.


Playism write on their blog:


So why are we talking about Fata Morgana hitting Playism JP? Surely there must be some reason we’re bringing the game to the attention of our English-speaking fans! Simply put, we want to bring it to Playism EN. There’s only one problem. We’re not sure you’d want it. That’s where you come in.


Are you a fan of visual novels? Interested in Fata Morgana itself? Just want to tell us we need more games on Playism EN? You need to tell us! Post on our Facebook page, send us a tweet, or even e-mail us! Nothing would convince us more to localize Fata Morgana for all of you than knowing that you all want it.


Playism say they’re enthusiastic about the possibility of bringing visual novels to their platform, and The House in Fata Morgana looks like a good place to start. Let the studio know if you’re interested in the game; this is one of those rare opportunities where the English-speaking visual novel community can make a difference.


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  • Seraph

    I’ve done my part and posted on their page. The story seems pretty interesting too. I really hope they localize it.

  • Seems interesting.

  • AnimusVox

    The dude looks like Alois Trancy from Black Butler.

  • gamefreak86

    Looks interesting. Could people list the best officially translated visual novel pc platform sites for physical and boxed? Thinking about starting a collection. All types including eroge aka 18+. Thanks in.advance.

    • Stephen

      You’re better off just buying the JP version and then patching it yourself than trying to get your hands on any worthwhile VNs in the West in physical form. JAST is the only distributor of non-nukige I can think of that lets you get your hands on print discs, but they don’t have a good collection of games. Mangagamer mostly releases digitally, and even then, most of their VNs are nukige anyway. Most of the better VNs are fan-translated anyway, and even JAST’s latest release, Saya no Uta, has been fan-translated for years now.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        Saya no Uta’s official English release was based upon one of the fan translations. JAST has Yo-Jin-Bo and Aselia on the all ages side and eroges such as Family Project, Crescendo, Kana my Little Sister and YumeMiru. From time to time you can pull Remember 11 off the site for a very good price and even download the ‘unofficial official patch’ where the programmers themselves wrote the installer. MG continues to dabble with hard copies and does have Kara no Shojo, which needs all the love it can get.

        One can support translation copies by English publishers and find themselves a nice collection of things to play. Plus with that money the pubs can bring us more nice stuff.

        Also one of the focuses of some of these new projects is to target audiences who have stayed away from the niche because of the H. Those who might enjoy the stories, but who don’t need the package of tissues Peach Princess includes in their shipments.

  • artemisthemp

    Did they state, which Platform they target?

  • Altin

    No offense, but this makes ZUN’s Artwork look like…um…art, I guess.

    • Kelohmello

      What? Are your eyes working correctly?

      • Altin

        You could have said the same thing your poster above said in a more reasonable tone of voice, Sir.
        The eye proportions look very off ins some of those screenshots and these noses remind me of the time, in which The Vision of Escaflowne was running. It’s not my cup o’ tea, and I may excuse if my previous statement was a little too blunt for you.

        • Kelohmello

          It seems my statement was also a little too blunt for you. However, objectively, Fata Moragana’s art is much better, be it the proper use of shading or the fact that the characters don’t look like little sketches with no sense of depth or dimension half the time. You’ll have to pardon me; It’s a natural response to question someone’s ability to see when they something that absurd.

          • Altin

            Making your subjective criticism a fact or thinking of making it objective for anyone is just as wrong as my previous statement of that not being art.
            It’s the same thing with minimalism.

    • DyLaN
      No offense to ZUN, but Fata Morgana art looks better.

      Though art is subjective so…..

    • piichan

      The art looks very shoujo so it may not be to everyone’s tastes. Personally, I’d take this art any day compared to the usual loli the anime industry throws to the crowd lately.

  • TanakaY

    The developer released other two games for free.
    Visit japanese official website if interested in their games.

  • Mordina

    I will definitely support them in this! I love dark, gothic and mysterious visual novels.

  • Alexandra Cordes

    Please let this happen.
    Oh dear sweet Burnside, let this happen. Day one purchase for me.

  • Ladius

    It would be really nice to have another All-Ages visual novel publisher on PC, I would be glad to support them day one if they localized this game :)

    That said, the upcoming Anime Expo could be very interesting for the visual novel scene: aside from the rumors surrounding Steins;Gate’s western release, Mangagamer seems to have new games (not nukiges, apprently) to announce.

  • So how much self-censoring will this game have? Or are we certain this was All-Ages from the get go?

    • Josh Weatherford

      The game is a horror visual novel and is not erotic at all so there are absolutely no plans to censor anything.

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