Siliconera recently reached out to visual novel publisher MangaGamer’s head translator and marketing manager, John Pickett (better known as Kouryuu), to talk about everything from introducing visual novels to a wider audience, to MangaGamer’s plans for the year ahead.
During a comparison between traditional visual novels and Japanese adventure and role-playing games that are heavily rooted in the genre, such as the Ace Attorney series or Record of Agarest War, John threw in a hint about a potential upcoming, unrevealed MangaGamer title (image above unrelated) that we believe visual novel fans might be excited for. Here’s his quote:
“While the story, character interactions, and text are certainly the most important elements to visual novels, they most certainly do not always stop there.
Just as Agarest War adds in a SRPG element, there is a fair deal of visual novels for the PC which do so as well, and in fact, one of the games we’re looking to bring over in the future does something quite similar. Just as Ace Attorney adds a detective/investigative element, we have one game which also does so, that we’re hoping to bring over.”
In addition, the MangaGamer also have a completely original “Study abroad” visual novel in the works at development studio partner, Overdrive, which you can read more about here. Do note that the image above and on the front page are unrelated to either game mentioned in this post.
Our full interview with MangaGamer will go up in the near future in two parts.