Last time we took a look back at 2012, so today it’s time to look forward at what’s in store for 2013!
To start off with, we’d like to let you all know that there won’t be any new releases in the next couple of months as we head into the final stages of our website renewal. Come March though, you’ll be seeing an all-new website on a brand-new server, and we’ll be ready to kick new titles out once a month for the rest of 2013, so think of this as a chance to save up now! We’ll be discussing all the new changes to the website come next month, so for now, let’s get on with what really matters–the games!
Let’s start off with our beta test lineup so you guys can have an idea of what you’ll see coming out when. First of all, Super Secret Sexy Spy is all done with beta-testing, changes are made, and it’s ready to go once we start the new releases. After that, there’s Harukoi Otome, our next game from Baseon and the makers of Koihime Musou. Harukoi is a very sweet and romantic game that’s just as long as Koihime and with big voice actors like Sakakibara Yui, Goto Yuuko, and Nabatame Hitomi playing the main heroines, and Nexton tells us the final build with all the corrections is due to be ready between late-January and mid-February, so you can expect it to be one of our biggest Spring releases.
That’s it for the titles that are finished with beta testing, now on to the ones scheduled up next. Around late-January we’re expecting to get the first beta build for Orion Heart and Eroge ~Sex and Games Make Sexy Games~, so those will be first up for inspection this winter. Progress with scripting on Tick Tack is also proceeding very quickly, so we can easily predict that won’t be far behind them, either.
Not too much exciting going on at this stage just yet. Our new programmer is trying his hand out at the Softhouse Seal game I (Kouryuu) just finished work on last month. Maybe all that item synthesis is giving him trouble? If not, you can expect to see this one moving up to beta in the next month or two as well. Meanwhile though, Doddler’s hard at work finish up Tick Tack and preparing the Tester’s Guide for it (seriously, you should see this pdf!). Of course, when he’s not doing that, he’s trying to figure out how to make sure our new partner’s engine won’t break on English OSes so we can get production moving on their two games. Oh, what’s that, Yukkuri S? You just finished using controllers on heroines in your first Softhouse Seal Title? Guess that’s more work moving up the line to this phase!
Also, as far as ef -the latter tale is concerned, we’ve already spoken with minori, and we’re currently waiting for their estimate on when they’ll have the first build for testing ready.
Anything to say for us here, sloanreinja? No? Ah, too busy working on all those new titles I see. Have fun with that.
Oh, you thought you’d get away with it that easily. HA! Currently I’m working on two games that’ll see release later in 2013, one of which is a story title and the other is another wacky adventure from Softhouse Seal. I’m also getting ready to handhold another translator through his first project with us, and finished not one, not two, but three games at the start of the month. We’re tweaking some workflows post-translation, so the way things go editing->scripting->beta->revisions is being smoothed out as well, something we’ve only been able to do in the last couple months with the start of in-house scripting. Fun times. -Sloane
Ah, yes, the big fat meat of our production line that always takes the longest by its very nature, Translation. At the moment, I’m personally waiting to see how the cards fall. We’ve got our eyes on a couple of long, well known titles and I’ll be starting on whichever one pulls through as soon it does. Our other main translator, Kou, is currently finishing up the last chapter/arc of her recent project from (like I’d let you spoil that -sloane). As for her next project, well, we’ll be talking with a certain company next month to figure out what it might be be. Now that DragonSamurai55 is all finished with his work on Tick Tack, he’s already starting work on our next title from (pssst, don’t tell them everything! -sloane). Our other two translators on our Softhouse Seal line are plugging away on two other titles from Softhouse Seal, and one of them is nearly finished. We’ve certainly got more for them to come though, maybe even a sequel? (One can dream.) And lastly, Yukkuri S is getting ready to start work on our new partner’s first game now that Doddler’s gotten most of the engine trouble cleared up.
So, moving along, in addition to our digital side, we are planning to expand our hard copy offerings. Recently we spoke with J-list and it seems they’re running low on copies of Go Go Nippon! Well, so are we! So, we’ll be seeing a reprint of this title very soon, but if you don’t want to wait on it, make sure to order your copy now before they’re temporarily out of stock. We’re already working on getting materials ready for a hard copy of Boob Wars as well, and hopefully we’ll have that ready by the start of the convention season. In the meantime, we’re also looking at adding two other games to our hard-copy lineup, possibly as limited editions. So, we’d like to ask you guys: what do you like to see in limited editions, and how much are you willing to pay for one?
Speaking of hard copies for conventions, we’ve got a largely expanded list of conventions we’re planning to attend in 2013! Check out the schedule* we’ve got planned:
February 15-17, Katsucon, National Harbor, MD (See Kouryuu make drunken announcements!)
March 1-3, Emerald City Comic Con, Seattle, WA (Sales Only!)
March 29-31, Sakuracon, Seattle, WA
May 17-19, Anime Central, Chicago, IL (See Sloane have Jet Lag!)
May 24-26, Anime Boston, Boston, MA
May 31-June 2, Project A-Kon, Dallas, TX
July 4-7, Anime Expo, Los Angeles, CA
August 9-11, Otakon, Baltimore, MD
August 23-25, Japan Expo, Santa Clara, CA
*This list is by no means complete, and is also subject to change pending final arrangements with events and staff.
We also might give New York Comic Con one more try in October, depending on how things go in the coming months. If all of these conventions go well for us, particularly in terms of hard-copy sales, then there might be even more changes and expansion come 2014.
So with that, we hope to see more of you guys this year as we attend more conventions! We’ll have our first round of official announcements for our new acquisitions at Katsucon, so until then we hope you keep enjoying Otoboku, Slave Witch April, and the new hard copies you’ll be seeing at these events soon!