Idea Factory Looking For A Partner To Bring Moero Chronicle And Amnesia V Overseas

By Spencer . March 17, 2014 . 10:42pm

imageSiliconera has learned Idea Factory is looking to bring Amnesia V, an otome game with a heroine that loses her memories when the game, overseas. The publisher is looking for licensing partners for the game.

 

Also on deck to be licensed is Moero Chronicle, the dungeon RPG sequel to Monster Monpiece which isn’t even out in Japan yet. Both games are for PlayStation Vita.

 

This doesn’t mean these games are locked for localization because a Western publisher has to agree to distribute these titles. Alternatively, Idea Factory could self publish one or both of these games under Idea Factory International. Monster Monpiece, for example, was a title Idea Factory tried to license to other companies, but ended up as an internal project.


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  • Pyrofrost

    Make it happen Iffy!
    Amnesia V will be an INSTANT day one purchase!

  • chibidw

    A western publisher doesn’t really *have* to distribute anything for them unless they want to release physical versions. Localization + PSN is perfectly passable for a bare minimum, not counting advertisement(which some JRPGs tend to get very little of directly and still sell well).

  • AlphaSixNine

    Every Japanese game publisher/developer should learn from IF and actively want to release their games to the English speaking masses. .

  • JonathanisPrimus
  • DesmaX

    Good luck for them… I guess

    • Pyrofrost

      I’m sure you’re well aware of their rep when it comes to JRPGs.

      However, I can tell you now. Their VNs are actually REALLY good. They are otome though, so know that if your considering.

      • DesmaX

        I didn’t mean it like that.

        I’m just saying that finding a publisher for them should be pretty tough, especially since everyone said no to Monster Monpiece

        • Pyrofrost

          Ah, I see what you mean.

          Moero Chronicle seems to be much more RPG than MonMon was. So I am betting that will help them in their search for a publisher.

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    Amnesia V an otome game with a heroine that loses her memories when the game, overseas.

    How does she lose her memories? Not familiar with the game, so I don’t quite get this line.

    • chibidw

      Clearly it means she lost her memories when the game was brought overseas.

      The only course of action to save her memories is to not localize the game!

      • M’iau M’iaut

        But then that would mean like all the Tony Shining games have come overseas. And well, I don’t remember that happening.

        • chibidw

          It was a joke on the baffling grammar of that sentence in the article, not about anything specific.

        • s07195

          You’ve got amnesia!

      • MrSirFeatherFang

        But then I can’t play the game D:

        Hopefully the game is still playable if she loses her memories, this must be localized!

  • Shippoyasha

    Xseed or bust on the Moero Chronicle. They are the one company that does their damndest to fight censorship these days, sadly.

    • Pyrofrost

      Did I see you in the comment section of an Amazing Atheist vid, or is it just a coincidence that someone had your name xD

      • Shippoyasha

        Yeah, I tend to post at a lot of places all at once. heh

        • Pyrofrost

          Hehe, I thought so :3

          I think it’s pretty awesome finding out we have more similar interests!

    • artemisthemp

      I doesn’t remember Aksys censoring any game.

      • Godspoken

        Technically, they removed the loli bath minigame from RoAW 2 first generation. You can still do the minigames with her once she’s grown up, though, from second gen on.

        • artemisthemp

          That was Ghostlight.
          Aksys version have still have that Bath mini-game

          • Pyrofrost

            I can’t think of any censoring Aksys has done “in-game.”

            The only censoring I know of them doing is to cover art.

    • Crazy_O

      Big fan of Xseed and their approach.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      but I think NISA will do it, bcos they localized many IF games

      • RedSuisei

        Seeing as NISA didn’t do Monpiece, I doubt they’d do Moero. It’s more likely to fall in IFI’s hands like Monpiece.

    • Firion Hope

      I always already a fan by that point, but when I saw that they posted on here and other places defensing their decisions and commitment not to censor it solidified them in my mind as my favorite publishers

      • Pyrofrost

        While I do agree that XSeed is amazing, bear in mind that they do censor material as necessary. They’re not censor free publishers.

        • Firion Hope

          True, but they’re the closest thing I can think of and they have expressed a strong desire to not censor anything if at all possible

          • Landale

            So if an employee for IFI came out and told stories about how much they hate censoring stuff and how hard they fought against it this backlash would just stop?

            I kind of doubt that. A large portion of the people raging about this and dragging it up over and over again are often the same ones who’d shit on IF games for being IF games. Quality’s gone up, so they lost that. This is their new point to hold on to to trash the company regardless of any logic presented.

          • Firion Hope

            I have no idea but that really doesn’t have anything to do with what Im saying. I was just saying I really love how Xseed is so against censoring, they’re the only ones I can think of whove been outspoken about it and to my knowledge all they’ve censored is the ages in senran kagura. Doesn’t mean Im hating on IF, just on censoring in general

            I have no idea if IF makes quality games or not, but if I had to wager based on my limited information than yes interacting with the community and explaining your decisions is a great way to generate positive PR

          • Landale

            I’m just saying, the only real difference between Xseed and any other company that’s had to censor stuff is that there’s a guy who goes on from time to time about the hell he gives to stop it. Not saying you’re one of the people hating on IF just trying to provide some perspective.

          • Lester Rat

            XSEED is not against censorship. One of their employees is, and is constantly posting here and in other forums against censorship. It didn’t prevent them for removing the ages of Senran Kagura Burst characters when there was absolutely no need to do that (the first plan was to make everybody 18 or older, then they decided to remove them).

            It is part of their PR strategy. Like when XSEED release digital-only games, instead of saying outright that they will release if digital-only like the other companies, they keep saying “it is not very likely, but we are doing our best” just to appease their fans that don’t like games without physical editions. And looks like it works, given the way some fans worship them.

          • Firion Hope

            Yes surprise surprise when you have good PR and are outspoken on something and have only the smallest amount of something then yeah people will react differently. See how most people view Gold vs Plus as a comparison. Also didn’t that person express that most people in Xseed feel the same way? Ive seen other members taking to defending their lack of censorship before

            This doesn’t mean Im excusing X seed but they do a smaller amount of it than almost everyone else which does make them look good by comparison. Doesn’t mean I dislike any of the other J-A publishers, hell I really love Atlus despite Persona 1 or the fact that a game Im very excited about (conception 2) seems to have some small censorship in it

            At the end of the day though as long as is censorship is avoided I could care less who ends up publishing moero here

          • Lester Rat

            About people from XSEED being for/against censorship, from the comments of this member in their forums, it looks like those who fight against censorship inside the company are the minority.

          • Pyrofrost

            To be quite honest, the only niche company I can think of that proactively censors content is NISA.

            Of course, NISA is pretty much a ‘B-Grade’ publishing house; compared to the likes of XSeed, Atlus, and Aksys.

            I guess people feel since they accept NISA’s shoddy localizations, they might as well accept the censorship heaped on top.

            At least NISA is better than Ignition though, so I guess that says something.

          • Firion Hope

            Yeah most won’t go out of there way to censor stuff and I don’t blame them entirely as much as I blame people for their childish authoritarian views on whats ok and not ok to put into a game but there have certainly been some notable examples of most of the Japanese-American Publishers censoring stuff

            I think the only way its going to change though is if there is a big backlash whenever it happens, even if its a small change. Hell the costume changes in BD really got under my skin. In all honesty if you can get past the ESRB with no more than an M rating I think you’re good to go, everytime a game has been called out in recent years for its offensive content Id be willing to bet money its gained more sales than its lost, especially for these niche type games.

            Censoring things is cowardly and giving in to unreasonable demands and Ill continue to have a problem with it no matter who does it

          • Pyrofrost

            Just keep in mind that boycotting a game due to censorship, that you would buy otherwise, only sends the wrong message.

            The battle against censorship is more of a political battle, and a battle against social norms, mores, and values. The battle against censorship is NOT against a publishing house.

            This is something that everyone should keep in mind.

          • Gustavo

            Nope, it sends the right message: “If your company is afraid of releasing a game uncensored, don’t bother bringing that game.”

          • wyrdwad

            Not sure I agree with this. When a publisher elects to censor something voluntarily, without pressure from the ESRB or Sony or their buyers or anyone else to do so (or at least without publicly acknowledging any such pressure), the onus is on the publisher, and as long as you make it very clear WHY you’re not buying the product (as in, you email the publisher and tell them), I think you’re sending exactly the message you intend to.

            I’ve been operating on this principle for years, and have actually advocated people not buying our own Senran Kagura Burst simply because we removed the characters’ ages from it (which I can confirm was done with no outside pressure whatsoever; the omission occurred solely because members of our staff were personally squicked out by the idea of some of the characters being as young as 15). I myself have not purchased the game, even though I typically buy at least one copy of every game we release with my own money out of a weird sense of redundant self-support. ;)

          • Pyrofrost

            To me, boycotting for censorship always felt like Doing so for some other silly reason; like the lack of dual audio or the lack of a retail version.

            I mean, I’m not “pro” censorship and I’m not in support of it; but isn’t the reason it’s done in the first place because of Western moral codes and Western laws concerning things of this nature?

            Or the fact that some specific games gave been paraded and massacred by the news media and politicians. What about smaller companies that just can’t afford to deal with that kind of pressure?

            I just find it hard to hold a small-time publishers feet to the fire on something like this. It’s not like they set the moral code and laws of Western society.

            If this is a battle that publishers should just push and cross the line on; over and over and over again. Shouldn’t it be the larger publishers, the ones with clout, actually being the ones to make this push.

          • wyrdwad

            It should be everyone, as far as I’m concerned. But that’s just my thought. ;)

            And I work for a smaller publisher, so I can tell you right now why we removed the ages from Senran Kagura Burst. It wasn’t due to any laws, nor due to news media attention, nor the ESRB, nor anything else of the sort. No, they were removed because people within the company felt uncomfortable having 15-year-old characters in a game with clothing damage and constant mention of female breasts. Nothing more, nothing less. It was purely a matter of my coworkers deciding, “this art offends me, but not enough to keep me from helping to publish the game, so we’re going to change it.”

            …But my own crusade aside, here are the reasons you might see censorship occur in a game from a smaller publisher like us:

            - Fear of getting an AO rating (or an M rating when we’re shooting for T, but we’d have to be real asses to try something like that!). An AO rating basically means you get no shelf space anywhere and none of the existing major networks (PSN, Xbox Live, WiiWare, eShop, Steam) will offer your game for download. It’s a very real fear, but the ESRB is also a very reasonable company — if you email them with your concerns, they’ll gladly tell you what the likelihood is of you getting an AO rating when you ultimately submit your game, so there’s no reason to make changes pre-emptively. Just drop them a line and see what they think, rather than assuming — and if they tell you no, you can tell fans “we tried to release the game uncensored, but we were told by the ESRB that the game would’ve been rated AO if we had,” and fans will (hopefully) be understanding about it. (Note that this also applies to PEGI for Europe.)

            - Fear of the game not being picked up by retailers due to its content. Again, buyers are reasonable people, so you can easily check on this beforehand. You don’t have to assume anything, and if the buyer tells you your game won’t be stocked due to its content, you can freely admit that fact to your fans. Same deal as above.

            - Fear of fans boycotting the game or news outlets going on crusades against it. Whether or not this is a valid concern is very much up for debate. If a game is risque enough that this is even a possibility, you’re probably close enough to “the line” that it stands a chance of happening with or without censorship — and if you censor it, you stand to lose customers like me, and have boycotts and bad press staged against you for completely different reasons. In these cases, I very much feel censorship does more harm than good, and sets a terrible precedent that other publishers can point to when questioning whether or not THEY should censor THEIR games (and believe me, this definitely happens; originally, Senran Kagura Burst was going to have its characters aged up for the western release, and those who advocated this course of action cited other games that did the same thing in an effort to justify it).

            So, yeah. There is no good reason to censor a game voluntarily, as far as I’m concerned. If it’s good enough to publish, it should be good enough to publish as-is.

          • Pyrofrost

            I can see the point your making. Personally, I do agree that there should be no censors at all. Personally I find no amount of deviant sexual content offensive, or any other type of offensive content. However, there is also that side of me that is just happy to be getting the chance to play the game, even if it is a censored, localized version, an uncensored localized version, or even the import.
            I disagree with censorship 100%, but I also just want the games.

            It’s very conflicting.

            Seriously though, it’s always a pleasure chatting with you Tom; and learning just a little more about the inner workings of the business. ^_^

    • Lester Rat

      You know they don’t do anything to fight censorship, don’t you? It is just PR. When they censor things (like removing ages from Senran Kagura Burst to appease Soccer Moms), they don’t make any official statement about that. When they don’t have anything to censor, they make a fanfare just to give people the impression they are against censorship.

      NISA has been asked whether they are censoring anything since Mugen Souls, and the answer has always been no for every game (except for Mugen Souls Z, same reason), but they don’t use it as a PR stunt, announcing they are not censoring anything.

      • Sean ‘Geg’ Reddie

        Exactly this. People praise XSEED like no tomorrow despite censoring ages in Senran Kagura. People have sworn absolute disgust for NISA despite censoring 2 games (in the same series).

        • kanade3

          Just censoring the ages of the characters doesn’t bother most people out there as the content in the actual game is still left unaltered. Same applies to why most people don’t boycott over box art being censored so it can be sold in retail stores.

          • http://www.mrtiredmedia.com/ NickyD

            Except when people raised a gigantic stink over the minor shift in Rorona’s age to appease certain uncontrollable factors.

          • kanade3

            Some people made a fuss about that,but it still wasn’t enough to make them boycott the game,or turn against NISA in a vile way as it wasn’t that big of a concern to them in the long run.

        • Qunton C.

          Removing a pretty worthless piece of info from the game and removing entire chunks of the game like a minigame and a portion of the game’s art are two wildly different things though.

          • Lester Rat

            The reasons are wildly different too. Changing ages to appease soccer moms in my book is far worse than removing some kind of sexual interaction with underage characters. like Ghostlight had to do in Agarest War 2 at PEGI demand. At least the latter content is questionable in other media too, and even in real life by some groups.

            If people accept changing ages to avoid an underage character in underwear or taking part of a humorous scene with mild sexual innuendo (when studies show most people start their sexual life before turning 18) because “not much content is lost”, then we will always have this tame gaming market, ruled by 80s Nintendo standards, the media will never evolve. We may get the odd game with groping pre-pubescent looking characters once in a while because nobody noticed it, not because it is acceptable. If that kind of content ever slip into a mainstream game, you will see what will happen.

          • Qunton C.

            “when studies show most people start their sexual life before turning 18″

            Wait. So youre against having direct sexualized encounters with the girls but you feel it’s okay to have them in blatantly sexual imagery, like the CG in SKB where many of the girls are eating food deliberately made to look as if they’re giving oral sex, just because teens are sexually active?

            Come on now.

          • Lester Rat

            I am not against anything, you are making that up.

            And what is the problem with Senran Kagura Burst? You talk as if a 17-year-old girl who had already had sex would be traumatized to see cartoon girl holding a cilindrical sushi roll towards their mouths, especially if the character was said to be 17, and that it is the most logical thing to pretend the character is 18, so no damage to the society is done.

            So you are arguing that 17-year-old girls having is okay, but a fictional 17-year-old character in a suggestive image in a game is a problem? That is the mentality that doesn’t allow the games to evolve.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Moving too far off topic here guys. Thanks.

      • Shippoyasha

        They did say they were extremely torn up about taking out the ages though. Not to mention they just casually say these things in Twitter, which isn’t exactly some grand PR movement.

        NISA seems to have more of an issue where they’d do lot of soft visual edits here and there. And this has been going on for years. Their forums are always in turmoil whenever these changes are made too. Xseed at least has a history of never actually meddling with the visual content.

      • wyrdwad

        To be fair, you’re half-right. We, as a company, are not anti-censorship — that’s just me, as an individual. We have yet to censor anything other than removing the ages of the characters in Senran Kagura Burst, but that doesn’t mean we never will (whether I like it or not).

        To call our statements “PR stunts” is definitely an overstatement, though. When we announce that a game is uncensored, we’re not trying to pat ourselves on the back or anything — we’re just trying to address concerns that countless fans have raised. In the case of Akiba’s Trip, for example, we anticipated fans would be worried that the game is censored (particularly after the removal of character ages in SKB), so we made a point of pre-emptively noting that no, it will not be censored for content (though some information pertaining to local businesses in Akihabara will be removed for legal reasons, which we’ve also been very straight-forward and clear about).

        In the case of SKB, we didn’t make any official statement about the removal of character ages because, frankly, we didn’t know it was appropriate to do so since we’d never censored any content prior to that. I wasn’t even sure I was allowed to mention it, and wound up doing so anonymously for a couple days before finally confronting my boss and getting permission to publicly discuss my views on censorship with impunity.

        In short, while I’m thrilled to see so many dedicated anti-censorship activists in these comments (and urge you all never to compromise on your values), I want to make it very clear that XSEED, as a company, is not anti-censorship, nor do or will we ever intentionally or willfully use a game’s censorship status or lack thereof as a selling point. I may work for XSEED, and a lot of people may take my words as XSEED gospel, but the fact of the matter is that I’m a fanboy first and foremost, with a very hardline stance on censorship and a propensity for speaking my mind in public whether or not it’s a good idea to do so. ;)

        Shippoyasha and others, though, thank you for your support, and please do know that I will continue to speak out against censorship and fight against it from within XSEED to the best of my abilities. (That said, if we ever were to work on Moero Chronicle, it could very easily end up getting censored, and if it were, I’d probably be so mad about it that I’d quit my job or something — so it’s probably best we stay away from it! Heheh)

        • Lester Rat

          I havent said “PR stunt” with the connotation of being something fake or artificial. I meant to say that while the “this game will not be censored” is true for almost every release from these niche companies, only XSEED use that in their official statements, as a form of catering to the extremelly vocal group against censorship.

          Besides that, I was just concerned about what you are explaining: Wyrdward words and opinions are not XSEED words and opinions, and people saying XSEED is against censorship or fighting against it are wrong.

        • CaveNut

          I really hope Xseed does get the license to Moero .

  • Audie Bakerson

    Not even Idea Factory has high hopes for Idea Factory International I see.

    Maybe now companies will realize what censorship gets them.

    • Pyrofrost

      They are in a “damned if I do, damned if I don’t” situation when it comes to this.

      If they censor anything, potential buyers will instantly reject the game; however, if they don’t censor, they will have to deal with touchy Western sensitivities and people who are always looking for something to be offended by.

      Do you think a company the size of IF could take one of their games being paraded around in the media like Rapelay or GTA SanAndreas? Sure, sometimes bad publicity = success, but that’s not always the outcome.

      I’m not pro-censorship; if anything, I think NO bounds should EVER be placed on art. However, I do understand the reasoning behind companies doing it. If anyone is to blame; imo, it’s society and politics, not the artist.

      • Shippoyasha

        Maybe people should understand that niches can exist and they should be left alone. Imagine people putting gore flicks and schlock flims next to Oscar contenders. It’s like people suddenly throw out any semblance of nuance whenever videogames are concerned.

        • Pyrofrost

          Sadly, videogames as an art form is still not taken seriously. I guess that’s the primary reason people throw out any sense of nuance. They don’t see it as art, they don’t take it seriously, and they don’t feel it can possess nuance in the first place.

          They see videogames as nothing more than a children’s toy.

          • Audie Bakerson

            Know what hurts a medium being taken seriously? Accepting censorship because it isn’t “real” art.

          • Landale

            The people supporting the medium but shooting the messenger is also a pretty good way to get things not taken seriously.
            Understanding and acceptance are not the same thing, this is a pretty important fact that way too many people don’t seem to grasp.

          • Pyrofrost

            Exactly, it’s not like artists create these products just so they can be censored on the way out the door.

            This is just how it works in media and a sensitive/PC marketplace. Different cultures view things differently. The treatment games in the West receive for certain degrees of sexual content; is the same treatment games in Japan receive for certain degrees of violent content.

          • Audie Bakerson

            IFI isn’t a messenger: It’s a spy looking for weakness. Spies are to turned into double agents, executed or jailed while you wait to trade them for your spies.

          • Landale

            Right.

        • landlock

          Some of the cards were pretty disgusting though to be honest. Only a couple though not all the ones they cut.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            That’s subjective

          • landlock

            Yep, but it is fact however that a couple of them like the goblin looked about 5.

          • Rol

            As a wise man once said:

            “fact”

            You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means.

          • landlock

            Actually I used it once and it is what it is. You can deny it all you want but it won’t change it.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            That doesn’t make it not subjective.

      • Audie Bakerson

        Do you think a game by a company the size of IF could get that much attention from the media?

        Plus if the media actually wanted to make an issue of it THEY STILL COULD, you still rub girls to undress them. Hell, Rapelay WAS NOT IN ENGLISH when it got the notice of some idiots on some station.

        • Pyrofrost

          >>Do you think a game by a company the size of IF could get that much attention from the media?

          Depending on who gets their hands on it, or who talks to who in the media; yes, it could receive heavy media and political attention.

          >>Plus if the media actually wanted to make an issue of it THEY STILL COULD

          Exactly! Which is why they took mild censorship measures, in order to make a game that is already controversial, a little less controversial.

          >>Hell, Rapelay WAS NOT IN ENGLISH when it got the notice of some idiots on some station.

          It still doesn’t take away the fact that it received widespread worldwide media coverage, just like GTA San Andreas. Hell, even a supreme court justice and the UN came out about Rapelay.

          I’m just saying that heavy media coverage, which can become a political movement, can equal disaster for a small-time developer/publisher.
          Idea Factory doesn’t have the clout to combat that kind of widespread attention, hence the mild censorship.

          • Audie Bakerson

            And it doesn’t matter because the idiots CAN JUST AS EASILY FIND THE JP VERSION.

            And hell, know what happened to Illusion for all of that? Jack. Fucking. Shit. This idea that people will advertise your niche game for free is somehow a bad thing is absurd and highly logical.

          • Pyrofrost

            I’m guessing we’re not exactly going to understand each other on this. However, we do agree that censorship should not be taking place.

            So lets just agree to disagree on the other stuff, shall we.

      • Crazy_O

        It’s not like they will lose anything. They sit in Japan – let the people who want to be offended be offended, those usually find something new to be outraged in a few days or weeks.

        Ignore them, it’s the same as trolls if you don’t feed them they start to lose interest.

        • Pyrofrost

          That depends completely on the scope of coverage something gets. Most things fizzle out quickly and don’t receive heavy attention.
          Some things, however, do receive heavy attention. This depends on who communicates with who; and whether or not the news media and politicians can use it to capitalize on society’s sensitivities.

          • Crazy_O

            And some censored pictures will hold those people back when complaining? I highly doubt that.

          • Pyrofrost

            Of course people won’t stop complaining. That was never my point.

      • wyrdwad

        You forget, though, that this is a game where one of the central mechanics is RUBBING THE CLOTHES OFF OF LITTLE GIRLS TO MAKE THEM STRONGER. I think anyone who publishes a game like that is going to have to “deal with touchy Western sensitivities and people who are always looking for something to be offended by” whether or not the game is censored. Censoring isn’t going to magically make the game OK to those who are offended by it. It can really do no good whatsoever.

        • Kumiko Akimoto

          I think anyone who thinks it’s about that will be the reason for the censorship.

          • wyrdwad

            Didn’t say it was about that, I said that was one of its central mechanics. Correct me if I’m wrong.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            Considering the monster girls all come in various sizes I’d say your description of it is a bit bias. The central mechanic is rubbing cards with monster girls on it to power them up.Has nothing to do with age and they never list the age of the monsters anyways.

          • wyrdwad

            All the more reason there shouldn’t be any problem, then! ;)

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            You’re right there shouldn’t be. :D

    • Slayven19

      Censorship doesn’t really hurt all that many companies. Bravely default and Fire emblem both sold good despite the hur dur I’m gonna boycott.

      • Lumi

        Fire Emblem censored just the bikini shot (which is a DLC that’s released a LOT after initial release) and the cousin marriage, so I don’t think there’s much boycott potential.

        • Kumiko Akimoto

          What they censored cousin marriage?That’s so sad what’s the point of playing the game then

          • Audie Bakerson

            Apparently Lucina/Owain has altered dialog in the English version. I don’t know for sure because I had Lucina her nephew which is legal no-where in the first world that I know of, but is still untouched. Also doubt they touched the other possible cousin pairings for Owain (or Chrom!Inigo/BradyXLissa!Morgan)

          • Landale

            They alter the labels of any related characters marrying to being “companions”, including the nephew thing.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            Ohh then I can buy the game again. lol

      • Shippoyasha

        Financially perhaps they don’t. But it’s still games bending their content because of fear of a certain negative reaction. On an artistic front, nothing can be more heinous as I see it.

        It goes back to this idea that games are little toys for kids and that games should act the nanny to everyone.

      • kanade3

        Nintendo has a big enough consumer base to where they can afford to have people boycotting their products for any reason pretty much . The smaller niche localization companies on the other hand do suffer if enough people boycott the products.

        • Lester Rat

          That is why the boycott is useless. If Monster Monpiece flops, for 99% of the gamers nothing happened and for 0.99% it was “what they deserved for polluting the west gaming scene with their loli moe perverted crap no one cares about”.

          If Bravely Default, hailed as “the best game SE has made in the last 10 years” by everyone who had not played it, or Fire Emblem: Awakening, because Nintendo is exempt of all criticism, had flopped, then people would start believing censorship is serious business.

          It is like everything else. When youths are murdered every week in the slums for nothing, no one cares, only their relatives cry. When a few youths from the higher classes are murdered by a insane colleague, the President and the Congress start discussing the danger of indiscriminate firearm sales can represent to the whole society.

          • SerendipityX

            *slow clap* Thank you, sir. some serious truth right here.

          • kanade3

            Even if it’s useless in the end,people are still going to do as it requires no effort on their end,and there are other products out there that they can buy instead.

          • Lumi

            “the best game SE has made in the last 10 years” by everyone who had not played it”

            Haven’t got the game yet, what’s actually wrong with it?

          • Lester Rat

            There is nothing wrong with Bravely Default (apart from unneccesary censorship), but the hype before the game releaase was absurd and many, many people claimed it was the best game SE had made in the last 10 years, and that SE should focus on only making games like Bravely Default, etc, all that before even playing it.

    • Landale

      Because IFI’s stated purpose is localizing the games. No, wait, it’s purpose is simply providing information about Idea Factory games. That they did anything other than that was surprising.

      • Audie Bakerson

        If it was just Amnesia V that would be one thing.

        Shopping around for a SEQUEL before they even release the first game does NOT strike me as confident in IFI (and why should they be? IFI hates everything that makes IF games sell.).

        • Landale

          And what proof do you have of that? The lack of confidence and the IFI hating everything that makes their games sell thing.

          • Audie Bakerson

            IFI’s own statements for one…

          • Landale

            What statements? Because I can provide statements to the exact opposite of the shit you’re claiming.
            http://www.ideafintl.com/about.php
            “Idea Factory International, Inc. intends to focus on providing general and overall information regarding such Idea Factory properties to North American and European fans, as well as strengthen the Idea Factory brand around the globe.”
            Nowhere on that is it stated that IFI was created with the intent of localizing a single thing. And yet because no one would touch it, I have no exact quotes but the reasoning I’ve heard is due to card based games not selling well, IFI went above and beyond and localized it. And strengthening the brand? That doesn’t sound like something they’d do if they hated what makes their games sell.

            http://www.ideafintl.com/monmon/disclaimer.html

            “This was a very difficult decision since we work very hard to satisfy our fans and want to bring the same content being offered in Japan. However, Western society is not as lenient as that of Japan when sexual images are involved—especially images of humanoids that appear to be younger than a socially acceptable age. The borderline of what is “acceptable” will always be extremely gray and vary from person to person, but as a responsible company working in the U.S., we had to make the difficult decision that we did. ”

            Doesn’t sound like they hate what makes the games sell. Sounds like they understand that, in general, the west is seriously touchy about this sort of stuff.

            Now, I’ve seen it said before so I’ll cut this retort off now “They censored it without even checking first!” What proof have you got on this? They say that they received the M rating with the censored content, they didn’t say they censored it before any sort of submission, they didn’t say how many submissions they tried. Oh and here’s the kicker the method of distribution they chose, the submission process for that is apparently more of a discussion than a case of presenting the game itself. It’s entirely possible, though I make no claims for it to truly be the case, that they were told to cut those images.
            http://www.siliconera.com/2014/01/23/idea-factory-explain-the-censorship-in-monster-monpiece/#comment-1214533770

            So, again I ask, what proof do you have to these asinine claims of yours?

          • Audie Bakerson

            “They say that they received the M rating with the censored content, they didn’t say they censored it before any sort of submission, they didn’t say how many submissions they tried.”

            But they did.

          • Landale

            They did what?

          • Audie Bakerson

            Nowhere do they state the ESRB gave them an AO or told them these images would give an AO rating, which is because they didn’t. All their statements make it very clear they chose to censor on their own free will.

          • Landale

            Nowhere do they state the ESRB didn’t give them an AO nor told them these images would give an AO rating, which is because it wasn’t final if it did happen. All their statements make it very clear they chose to censor it against their will.

          • Audie Bakerson

            You seriously fell for standard blatant copy-paste double speak as that?

          • Landale

            I’d put more effort into this, but you still haven’t actually tried to prove your point. Why should I take this seriously if you’re not?

    • RedSuisei

      AFAIK, IFI wasn’t intended for the purpose of localizing in the first place. They did Monpiece only because no other company would do it, but if they can get some other company to do the localization then they’d prefer that.

  • Bacon_n_Lettuce

    Wow, what happened with Idea Factory International that they have to look for outside publishing partners for projects that they should be completely capable of doing internally? That doesn’t bode well…

    But hey, Amnesia V sounds like it would be right up Aksys’s alley.

  • Tyler Beale

    I wonder if they’ll eventually be the ones localizing all the Neptunia games (since NISA can’t seem to keep up) eventually….I sure as hell hope not, though.

  • Lumi

    Hopefully whoever they partner up with will put out a Vita bundle!

  • s07195

    Hmm, I guess the chances of these games being localised right now….

    are Iffy.
    YEEAAAAA *shot*

  • kroufonz

    it’s nice that they’re looking someone to publish their otome games (more vn in the west is a good thing) ? didthey also did the samet for their galge like Date A Live.

  • XerosBeat

    Hopefully a licensing partner picks up Amnesia. I’d buy it in a heartbeat!!

  • I-e-on

    Now all we need is diabolik lovers and we’re all set to go :))))))

    • Kumiko Akimoto

      It feels like they have another big title besides hako, diabolik and amnesia

    • mayumin

      i don’t think they would bring dialovers since it isn’t 100% IF
      it was parthership with Rejet and most part of the legal rights belongs to Rejet

      • Lumi

        And the material is pretty much not-your-standard-otome. Might be better to bring Hiiro no Kakera but it’s pretty old and only 1 and 4 are worth playing.

        If they DO bring it over, I highly recommend Mashiro senpai’s route! His ending is made of pure win with Kamina vibes :D

        • mayumin

          if they bring HnK i guess they would bring only the first one cuz has a version for PS3 that also includes a fandisk (like the new Hakuouki game Aksys is going to release soon)

          • Lumi

            the psp version also includes a fandisk (but i think ps3 has a bit more stuff than that)

  • Kumiko Akimoto

    I want both but I want another otome game and if it’s a big one like that I will be even happier

  • Juli

    yes please!!!

  • Göran Isacson

    Amnesia… didn’t that receive an anime not too long ago? Didn’t hear good things about it either, soo I can’t say this news fires me up that much. Unless the V means “5″ in this case, and if so… they’re starting at the FIFTH game in a series? Weird.

    • DyLaN

      V means Vita here. (I assume)

      Also sometimes the anime doesn’t reflect the quality of the source material. (Though I did enjoy the anime of AMNESIA despite its shortcomings)

      • Göran Isacson

        Aaah, Vita. That explains a lot, I just hope there’re enough customers owning a Vita to make it profitable. Also regarding the anime: I’ve heard that it takes the route where it time-skips back to the beginning so the girl can go down each guy’s “route” and then it ends inconclusively on which route is actually taken. Is that the case? I’m not a big fan of stories were character development is undone like that, so I guess that if it’s true I’m not very likely to check it out anyway.

        • Lumi

          Haven’t checked out the anime because of the exact things you heard about, but the game itself is very good. It has a cohesive plot, and within each route, there’s quite a lot of character development (different development. Just view them as parallel worlds) The anime is just trying to mash all the different routes together (these things never end well) Someone said that it’s a “one season advertisement for the game”.

  • Guest

    Atlus? I know they’re busy with Persona 5,Q and Dance all night BUT BUT BUT I want it!! :)

    • Landale

      I’d say it’s pretty unlikely for Atlus to do it. About the only thing of theirs I can think of that they did anything with is Spectral Force 3, so I guess it’s not entirely impossible.

  • http://www.damonx.com/ Damonx

    I hope to see boxed releases

  • Renaldi Saputra

    NISA localized monster monpiece, so, well
    and seems it will be just digital only

    • Landale

      IFI localized Monster Monpiece. Not NISA.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        eh? by themselves? I thought it’s NISA

        • Landale

          Yes.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            even though, NISA had localize a lot of IF games

          • Landale

            Yes. And NISA hasn’t been the only company to deal with their games. Aksys has handled quite a few, and Atlus at least one.
            Apparently the issue was no one was willing to touch the game due to it being card based, not something that typically sells well from what I’ve heard.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            hmmm, maybe

  • Arrngrim

    I thought Moero Chronicle had already been announced for NA release? Huh, guess I got mixed up…so many announcements these last few months…all blurring together.

  • Estellise

    Amnesia has a beautiful fantasy like setting with gorgeous art. I’d say its one of the best picks for an otome aside from Hakuoki. I played through it quite a bit and I really enjoyed it. I’m going to keep my hopes high for this!

  • Lissomia

    Oh my goodness this is so exciting! *stares at Aksys* please

  • Clairis Cannon

    Cool,i hope someone picks these up

  • Jesse

    Aksys seems the best bet for Amnesia V, imo.

    • Pyrofrost

      I agree with you!

    • Razzlero

      Don’t they have a dedicated Otome group or something?

      • Jesse

        Well, a LOT of people want it over here, if that’s what you mean. ^^

        • Kumiko Akimoto

          They probably mean inside of akysy

  • Anesia Hunter

    I can see Aksys picking up Amnesia V, but as for Moero Chronicle it would either NISA, XSeed, IFI () or Aksys. Unless someone else tries to surprise us…

  • http://resettears.wordpress.com/ Reset Tears

    For a minute I thought Amnesia V meant “Amnesia 5,” and I was like “There’s been FIVE GAMES?!”
    Can’t they call it Super Amnesia or something

    *Anyways* I shall BUY BUY BUY if it gets localized.
    BUY BUY BUY, BUT BUY BUY BUY

  • SupaPhly

    uhh, yeah I don’t see moero chronicle being censored in any way *sarcasm*

  • Tanicia Marshall

    If Amnesia gets localized this will be the game that will make me buy a Vita along with Demon Gaze. Aksys seems the best bet for localization outside of IF.

  • Mipu829

    Please localize Amnesia V!!! :3

  • Haunting Horror

    Yes! This is great news! Amnesia V is one of the otome games I want most. I hope Aksys does it or Idea Factory themselves. I don’t care, I just want it to come over!

  • Amy ( •ॢ◡-ॢ)-♡

    If Amensia gets localized, hopefully the other games will get picked up too!

  • Razzlero

    I think it will depend on how well monpiece does as to whether someone decides to take up Moero.

  • Lima

    Amnesia getting localised is probably the best thing that could happen to me right now. Please. I will buy a Vita for this I don’t even care.

    • Roses4Aria

      LOL, I finally broke down and got myself a Vita for Christmas just on the off chance that they might localize this game and Hakuoki SSL. The power of positive thinking. :)

  • Roses4Aria

    Come on, western companies, please make this happen! Especially Amnesia! *Crossing fingers until someone jumps on this.*

  • Yan Zhao

    Looking foward to Moero Chronicles. Game look more interesting than Monster Monpiece.

  • rurin

    If Amnesia V comes out here I will cry happy tears of joy
    ….and then of horror as I dish out the money for a Vita and the game….

  • Lazulis

    Amnesia V?! Oh gosh I’m so hyped now.

  • Maria Francisca Mena

    It would be nice if we get a new otome game! I’m already thinking in buying the Hakuouki for PS3, and I would buy this

  • albedo

    make it happen please :)

  • GDI

    Idea Factory:

    God Tier Otome games
    Crap Tier Bishoujo games

    Le Sigh.

  • celery

    I must begin saving just in case! Amnesia is the otome game/series I want to be localized the most right now and I would happily buy a Vita if it gets localized!

  • Luluchan

    Yes please, I really need Amnesia V bad *A*

  • Mordina

    I never say no to more otome games in the west!

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