How Shall We Date? Scarlet Fate Came To The West

By Spencer . August 4, 2014 . 1:39am

image Idea Factory might be best known for Neptunia, but the majority of their games are actually otome or girl’s romance titles. Aksys took a gamble and localized the Hakouki series and later Sweet Fuse: At Your Side. However, most of Idea Factory’s game have remained in Japan.

 

Jenni told us that Scarlet Fate +, an English localized version of Hiiro no Kakera 4, came out for iOS and Android without much news about it. We were curious why and asked Idea Factory.

 

"Scarlet Fate (Hiiro no Kakera 4) is the result of a new collaboration between Idea Factory and NTT Solmare. Shall We Date is NTT Solmare’s otome game brand," Shingo Onodera from Idea Factory Japan explained. "So, it is more that Shall We Date presents Idea Factory’s Scarlet Fate for mobile. Its development and publishing are handled by NTT Solmare. We were excited to be able to work with NTT Solmare with Scarlet Fate so that we could introduce our otome games to a wider audience. We also hope to keep introducing our Otome games to the western fans whenever we have the opportunity."


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  • Tenabrus

    Meanwhile SEGA still hasn’t figured out how to bring their games to the west.

    • BizarreJelly

      I’d take never getting games over a mobile visual novel with a stamina system and in-app purchasing any day.

      • Ghost

        Stamina systems in a VN is pretty insane. Especially when there’s no way to actually fill it.

        • resuri

          Especially those item checkpoints and stylish check points. I will be more than willing to pay for a complete game and played with my Vita or 3DS.
          Still sticking with their other games though since I don’t have much to do at the moment.

    • Estellise

      Phantasy Star will never see the light of day ever again in NA.

      • darke

        Nah. Sega feeds on the hope and despair of the western PSO2 want-to-play-er’s.

        What they’ll do is release the single player game across the pond, thus increasing the vain hope once more that PSO2 will be localised; only for them to slowly drain out the anguish of the and despair of those who want it and use it to raise their stock price.

    • Guest

      Take it elsewhere.

    • http://twitter.com/puchixseda puchinri

      This thread/article had nothing to do with Sega, so lets not hijack it.

      There’s a OT though! And a Yakuza article that you can bring that up in if you’re worried.

  • infernalmonkey

    Oh, it’s a mobile phone release loaded with IAP. I wonder why it didn’t get any fanfare!

    “S-Coin Pack 60 $99.99″

    Jesus Christ.

    • Suki

      It’s crazy. I have it installed on my iPad because I paid for the Shall We Date games before they turned into IAP nonsense. When I saw this was an Idea Factory game I was pretty shocked. The Shall We Date games are passable at best so I had hope for this one.

      The Heroine isn’t as useless as the other girls in other games but the timer to regain stamina and prices on coins were outrageous. I haven’t played it much since and went back to Hadouki.

      I would have rather seen this game released as a paid for app or a game for the Vita/3DS.

  • Estellise

    It’s nice to see otome games make it to the west in any shape or form. And to be honest, I’m actually enjoying this game. But I’d prefer it to be a non-mobile version TBH. The lack of voices/sfx/bgm make it less intense during scenes and more bland since its all just pictures and text. I haven’t played the original PSP version but I could tell it’d be worth playing rather than having all the IAP.

  • SerendipityX

    There is a paid version btw but its unclear whether or not they will release all the routes since the paid versions usually only have 3 routes. Each one cost about $5.99, higher than the standard $3.99. I bought Gentoka’s route and it’s pretty good so far.

    • Suki

      I had no idea. Thanks for the tip. I’d rather pay for one character than waste time waiting for the timer.

    • Aunna Terrell

      I’m guessing the other two won’t be in the paid version unless fans REALLY demand it. Solmare appears to favor the free versions over the paid ones, giving us more characters and extra scenarios in the free versions compared to their paid counterparts.

      • SerendipityX

        Yeah, I die a little inside everytime they do this. I would have paid full stop for that Nobunaga route in Ninja Love+. T_T

        • Aunna Terrell

          They already announced a new character (Thumbelina; coming later this month) for My Fairy Tales, but he’s only for the recently launched My Fairy Tales+! XD

          • SerendipityX

            Producer K (I seriously enjoy reading those posts on facebook) always sounds so happy as he kicks us paid version fans. Voltage-senpai will take my monies I don’t need you NTTSolmare! XD

  • nonscpo

    Advertising your game definetly helps sell it, and inform potential customers.

    • SerendipityX

      The most advertising I’ve seen for mobile otome games usually happens on their Facebook page and/or dedicated otome blogs, which you essentially have to stalk to know what’s going on.

      • nonscpo

        I see so its tough advertising most visual novel especially Otome’s. However considering how niche the audience, adverising on sites like this seems to make more sense closer to launch.

        • SerendipityX

          Their advertising can sometimes be a little misleading especially if you don’t read their press releases on the company website in their entirety. When Scarlet Fate+ was announced/released there was no mention of the paid version except for a little blurb I read in the press release. >.>

    • Aunna Terrell

      Idea Factory International posted news about this on their website/twitter/facebook back on June 20th!

  • Chim_era

    The game is not only released as a free game (with horrible checkpoints and so). They also released the game in a version you just pay for a character. I think it’s either €3,50 or €4,50 for one.

    That’s a little bit more expensive than normal, probably because the collaboration.

  • harmonyworld

    I was looking at this the other day but then I saw it was phone game and just….*sigh*

  • new_tradition

    I haven’t really checked out the mobile otome games, so I feel kind of out of my depth. Can I just play this one, or should I check out other ones? Is it stand alone despite being the 4th game in the series?

    I get the pains of F2P and IAP, so for the versions that you can pay for, do you still need online for those?

    • Aunna Terrell

      It’s a prequel, even though it’s the 5th game in the Hiiro no Kakera series. (Hiiro no Kakera – Shin Tamayurihime Densetsu, a futuristic HnK, was the 4th installment.) There is a paid version for download, but only 3 of the 5 men are currently available for purchase ($5.99 per route). And like all NTT Solmare titles, you do need to be connected online to play the game.

      • new_tradition

        Thanks for the response, although I’m disappointed that I still need data to play for routes I pay for.

        F2P version it is then >3>

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