In July of last year, visual novel publishers MangaGamer and Overdrive announced a collaboration to develop a “study abroad” visual novel aimed specifically at the non-Japanese audience. Putting you in the shoes of a foreign student, the game would offer an interactive guide to Tokyo within the presentation of a visual novel.

 

This week, we have more news on this project. Titled Go Go Japan ~My First Trip~, the game is an all-ages title that follows you, a university student from abroad, on a one week trip and home-stay in Tokyo with a pair of twin sisters who will also serve as your guides.

 

While Go Go Japan will cover popular Japanese sites such as Shinjuku and Akihabara, the game will also introduce you to the Japanese rail network, food and “how to find a public toilet and avoid the bidet button.” The artist behind the game is Overdrive’s Fujimaru, who worked on DearDrops (pictured above).

 

Price details and distribution formats for Go Go Japan haven’t been “officially” announced at this point in time, although MangaGamer have been tweeting about the game this past week and sharing some of their potential plans for it.

 

Recent tweets by head translator, John Pickett, indicate that MangaGamer hope to release Go Go Japan at Anime Expo this year. Go Go Japan won’t have voice-acting, but you can also expect the game to cost significantly less than the average MangaGamer title — somewhere within the $10-15 range, in order to make it competitive with the average guidebook.

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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