Ryukishi07 and MangaGamer announced during SakuraCon 2019 that they are working closely together alongside Higurashi and Umineko localizer Witch Hunt to bring Ciconia When They Cry Westwards for a simultaneous release as in Japan.
Once again, Ryukishi07 is doing the writing and illustrations himself, while the game will be getting music from famous composers who also wored on Higurashi and Umineko. At SakuraCon, Ryukishi07 even issued a challenge to the fans: “In this next game, I won’t give you the privilege of being a player!”
Here’s the official description of Ciconia When They Cry from MangaGamer:
In Ciconia When They Cry, World War 3 has come and gone, with nuclear winter only narrowly avoided with cutting-edge technology leading to the development of a new ultimate military technology, the Gauntlet, which allows those wielding one to fly like fighter jets, fight like battleships, and repel attacks like tanks without any additional equipment. The Gauntlets require particular talent and special training administered from a young age in order to control, and the young boys and girls capable of mastering of them become known as Gauntlet Knights.The main characters of Ciconia When They will be a group of these young Gauntlet Knights who, after the peaceful competition in the International Battle Standard Festival, become fast friends vowing to prevent world war together. However, world events are leading directly to World War 4 like a cascading row of dominos, and these “main characters” are nothing but pawns in the global games played by those with a right to sit at the table. Will these youth be forced to murder each other? Can the tragedy of war be prevented by mere pawns? Who are the real players in these games, and will you, the fans of When They Cry, fight for your seat at this deadly game?
We are currently working closely with 07thExpansion and Witch Hunt, the team behind Umineko‘s localization, on Ciconia When They Cry, and intend to provide a simultaneous English release on MangaGamer and Steam when the game is released in Japan at this year’s Summer Comiket.
Here’s the trailer for the game from back in November:
Ciconia When They Cry is set to release this Summer at Summer Comiket 2019, and is planned to get simultaneous English releases on PC via Steam. Summer Comiket runs from August 9-12, 2019.