So, with 2011 coming to a close and 2012 soon upon us, we thought we’d offer a look at where things stand and what lies ahead!
First of all comes the hard copies! If you haven’t already pre-ordered them, you’ve still got time to reserve your copies of Go Go Nippon, Edelweiss, and We Love Master from either J-list or our European store.
But what about the 4th one, you ask? Well, it’ll still be a while before we announce it, but here are some more details about it. First of all, it’s one of the games currently offered in our catalog. But then why would it be taking until 2012? Well, because we’re doing a lot of work to fix it up, and some big to-dos in the Japanese market was preventing the relevant people from attending to it. So in the past few months we’ve had one of our newer testers reviewing the text in the game to compile a list of all the changes that need to be made once work begins. The report is ready, and work on this patch will be starting once the new year is upon us.
Next up is the upcoming games. Most important right now is DEARDROPS. If you haven’t played the trial yet, you ought to check it out. The full version of the game is currently in beta testing, and hopefully our testers will finish by the end of January, allowing us to release it around the end of February or early March.
Dengeki Stryker will be getting its script work completed in the meantime, so if everything goes as scheduled, we should have it in beta within a couple months and on sale by Anime Expo. After all, only a game full of this much burning passion and manly superhero action will overpower the flames of summer!
Many of you are probably wondering about the status of ef~a first tale~ too. Right now, NNL is in charge of looking over the latest build minori has sent us. If they give it full approval once they’re done, then it’ll be the final build and we can start moving into promoting and releasing the game full-force. We’ll have a few things to discuss about the release as well once NNL is done and we’re able to move forward.
As for Harukoi Otome, one of our other translators has agreed to finish the last handful of remaining scripts, so we can send them all off to Nexton for scripting and testing. With luck, we’ll be able to release this at long last in the latter half of 2012.
The other title currently in the works is another one from Nexton which hasn’t been announced yet. The beta testing for it is finally finished, so given Nexton’s schedule, we’re hoping to announce it in the next couple of months and see it out in Q2.
What else do we hope to offer in 2012? Well, for starters, you can expect us to finally commence the launch of our H-Manga line in January! We’ll be releasing a couple titles each month, and we hope you all will enjoy them and recommend them to your friends as well. This is a field that we’re hoping does well, and definitely plan on pursuing it further if it does.
As for our line of H-anime, things are at a bit of a standstill. The first series of the line is translated, encoded, and so forth, but various hold-ups have been pushing it back. One of which has been testing the videos on a wide variety of devices to arrange for the broadest compatibility we can provide. (Sorry Android 2.1 & 2.2 users, your bit-rate sucks for playback.) Once this and a few other things are sorted, we should be able to start releasing those as well, so with luck we’ll have our first series out in 2012.
Of course, all this news assumes the world doesn’t end in 2012 like Mayan Calendars predict, so if we have a 2012 we hope to see you all in it! If not, may we all perish together with our waifu!