Obviously one of the first major changes is the layout and appearance. We’ve compressed the sections down into Latest Releases, Coming Soon, and Available Titles to better showcase more titles in less space. In addition, you can now purchase our all-ages games from the Adult side as well. We’ve also made sure to add one-click “Buy Now” buttons to help speed up the shopping process. You’ll also notice our free downloads such as wallpapers, songs, movies, and demos have been relocated behind a new tab for them so they won’t clutter up the front page and distract from the real products. You’ll also notice there’s no longer a link to the blog here, but that’s because our blog posts will be directly linked to the Hot News now.
You’ll also notice two sidebars instead of one now. The right-hand bar is mostly the same, but the left-hand bar now provides quick links to brands, tags, and user reviews. We’ve also tweaked the catalog page to allow for more visual content, but that brings us to our next point.
In addition to the new layout changes, we’ve also added recommendations and user reviews. Now you can go to any game’s product page and add your own review of the product, all of which can be viewed and read at the bottom of the product page. The recommendations system isn’t tailored to individual users yet, but it will let you see what other kinds of titles people have purchased in addition to the game(s) you’re currently viewing or placing in your cart.
Next, let’s discuss one of the biggest changes our users will notice–the currency shift. With the shift of our website onto brand-new servers, we will now be selling our games in US Dollars, not the Euro. Prices will remain mostly the same, but for clarification, this is how the prices will shift:
That said, all the information pertaining to your account will remain perfectly intact after the move, so if you’d to prefer to purchase something while it’s still priced in Euros, by all means, please do.
Furthermore, we’ll be adding one additional new system to the website as well-a points system. Every time you purchase a new game from us on our website, you’ll receive points! (About 5 points per dollar spent) You’ll then be able to use to your points for a discount on your next purchase (For example, 100 points will reduce the price by $1.00). In the future, we hope to expand on the opportunities and ways in which you’ll be able to use your points.
We’ll also be introducing a new DRM system to our games: Soft Denchi. For those unfamiliar with this, it’s currently one of the top DRM systems for digital sales in Japan. Initial use of Soft Denchi will require you to install the program on your computer, but afterwards our use of the DRM will continue to function as your standard One-Time Activation Code. Soft Denchi will run in the background, and though it can be used to do more, we have no intention of using its “battery charge” features at this time. The activation code works for the first machine you use it on, and you can visit your My Account page to generate up to five additional codes for use on different machines. (More info on the forums)
Also, as you may have noticed, we’ve added a Hard Copy tab to our website as well. This section will still take some time for us to finish opening up, but we will be moving hard copy sales away from our old EU Storefront, and directly onto our site. Once this is complete, we will begin our own direct hard copy sales straight from us, to you, the end user. This will eventually be open to customers of all regions, though the hard copies themselves will be shipping from the US. (We hope to have this service up and running by this summer).
(Update: For those concerned about the DRM, more info is available on the forums)