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.

 

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at GamesIndustry.biz. He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.

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