Financial Woes Strike Again; The House in Fata Morgana Localization Affected

By Ishaan . June 4, 2013 . 11:00am

The House in Fata Morgana, a gothic visual novel recently released on the Playism indie platform in Japan, is under consideration for localization. So, why isn’t it already being localized? The same problem as always—money. Playism explain what the hold-up is as follows:

 

Because we deal with indie developers in our localization work, being paid up front for our localization work is not always possible. We don’t think it’s fair to limit our services to those that have the money stashed away. This is especially unfair when you consider that Japanese independent developers predominantly release their earlier games for free in Japan to gain a reputation, making no money in the process.

 

As a result, we try our best to accomodate our developers by offering a bevy of options. In the case of Novectacle, their interest in localization is obvious. They stipulated that they wanted 100% of the revenue of Fata Morgana’s sales on Playism JP to go straight towards its EN localization. That truly floored us.

 

As it stands, though, the sad news is that, so far, Fata Morgana’s sales on Playism JP are far lower than we’d need to fund localization. Is that the end of Fata Morgana?

 

Playism are currently considering their options, they say. As of now, the two options are: wait and see if sales in Japan pick up, or turn to crowdfunding through Kickstarter/IndieGoGo. We’ll have more to report as the story develops.

 


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  • Höhlenmensch

    Well it’s not surprising that this game doesn’t sell on a digital platform when you can just buy the physical version.

    What did they expect?

  • Alexandra Cordes

    I am fully behind supporting this via Kickstarter.

  • Ladius

    I would gladly support a Kickstarter, in fact I would love to see crowdfunding in the context of niche localizations and licensing of PC games from doujin circles and small developers. If that’s what it takes to help All Ages visual novels (or quality eroges, I would instantly donate to an Innocent Grey kickstarter) in the west, then so be it.

  • Aoshi00

    Not sure what Playism is, could they work something out on putting this on either XBLA or PSN, I would gladly buy it. The gothic artwork looks amazing, elegant and beautiful like Kojima Ayami’s Castlevania art..

  • Aristides

    I’d back them, however I wouldn’t mind just purchasing the Japanese version to help sales so they pick up and then just launch an English patch when localization is done.

  • Renmazuo

    On the other hand, Fata Morgana has been sold on DL site and other sites for a while, judging whether it would sell or not from the sales of Playism alone might not be a great idea. Additionally, the Western market is different from the Japanese one; if you tried selling Hanako games’ stuff or any of the other EVN developers’ games in Japan you might find they don’t sell as much as Fata Morgana, even, but they do make a profit in the west.

    I think they could do it, and I’m certainly willing to back them on Kickstarter, particularly if one of the options were to be to get a physical copy. :D

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