Higurashi When They Cry Approved on Steam Greenlight

Friday, September 20th, 2013

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Higurashi When They Cry | Rena

The popularity of Japanese visual novels in the West has been steadily rising. Titles like Steins;Gate and the Danganronpa series have been turning many heads. Now, Valve appears to be taking an interest in this rising popularity, as 07th Expansion’s Higurashi When They Cry is going to appear for sale on Steam, having been approved on Steam Greenlight. Though no release date has been set for the visual novel, MangaGamer, the series’ digital distributor, is currently in discussions with Valve for an approved release date.

Higurashi When They Cry is a strange visual novel, to say the least, especially in how it lures players into a false sense of security. Introduced to its cutesy character designs and a calm countryside atmosphere, players will witness the small village of Hinamizawa suddenly become a nightmare as a violent, mysterious case turns the community on its head. Filled with ancient curses, paranoia, insanity, violent retribution, and entangled conspiracies, Higurashi When They Cry is an example of when not to judge a book by its cover.

With Higurashi When They Cry soon appearing on Steam, we may start seeing more visual novels appear on the popular digital distribution site, like Steins;Gate, the romance visual novel Clannad, or maybe even the fantasy-styled Fate/stay night.

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  • GasaixYuno

    Wow, a VN got approved on Steam!

    • Nettacki

      Happened before. See: Analogue A Hate Story.

    • GasaixYuno

      Yeah, true. Still..I like how no one bitched about that getting on Steam, yet they bitch if there’s any in greenlight.

    • The main difference is that games like Analogue were originally created for the English-speaking market. Higurashi, on the other hand, was originally in Japanese, and despite how famous it is, with the anime adaptation being quite well-known, it has failed to gain the traction that Western ones have. Of course, you can consider the game Cherry Tree Comedy High, currently available on Steam, which some would consider a visual novel. But although it was originally in Japanese, it has been heavily localised, to the point where the characters’ names have been changed. In this way, it has been adapted to better target the Western market. There are, however, some of us who would much rather have a more accurate translation of the original, which is the option MangaGamer have taken with Higurashi. It is hard to raise awareness of games that are quite distinctly foreign, and that is why Higurashi being greenlit is such a big deal.

  • Brian Stevenson

    Awesome.

  • Nicholas Perry

    YES!