Frontwing Talk Vita, DRM and More in Their April 2017 Reddit AMA

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

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Visual novel publisher and developer Frontwing had some interesting information to share during their April 4th Reddit AMA, where fans could ask the publisher anything they liked, and there were some interesting responses on various topics including project updates, the PS Vita and DRM. You can read a summary of the key points below, but if you want to read the full thread you can find it here.

  • There were some mention of the PS Vita. Frontwing note that they were surprised by the support of the Vita community during the Sharin no Kuni Kickstarter campaign and that they are looking into the possibility for console releases for a couple of their other upcoming titles (including the Vita), however no further details were shared.
  • With regards to their localisation for Prototype’s Island, while there is no solid release date yet, they are aiming to have the visual novel out by the time the anime adaptation airs at the latest.
  • With regards to Subahibi, Frontwing say they have plans in place “to distribute all the content,” which may refer to the title’s 18+ material, however they can’t say too much else however they said the game’s localisation is going well and hinted at a Summer release. Additionally, they are unsure if there will be a physical release but also states that a Vita version is unlikely due to the nature of the game’s content.
  • They have not started the Vita port for Sharin no Kuni yet as right now they are focusing on translating the title.
  • Frontwing also note that they are likely to move away from DVD-ROM physical releases “for various reasons” and simply have a download code in a case. However they are aware of overseas demand for DVD-ROMs however it is hard to convince the higher ups and part of the reason is due to download codes in PC cases being a standard in Japan (like in the West for AAA releases).
  • Furthermore, they also note that there is likely to be some kind of DRM on the Grisaia Complete Box should the campaign be successful. This DRM is a “one-time internet license check on first startup.” It is also unlikely that the Grisaia Side Stories will get released on disc, rather than the currently planned Steam codes.
  • Additionally, they also explicitly confirm that the Grisaia Complete Box will be 18+, and that Kickstarter backers of Grisaia Phantom Trigger Vol.1+2 will recieve an exclusive discount. If the stretch goal is not met for the Complete Box, Frontwing still would like to release it and may do this through a direct preorder campaign.
  • It is likely that Grisaia Phantom Trigger Vol.3 physical preorders will be done via a direct preorder campaign. It is also planened for release in Q3 2017, with Vol.4 due to release by the end of the year.
  • Finally, there was discussion on honorifics. Frontwing note that they take into consideration fan’s concerns on honorifics and take the decision on whether to include them on a case-by-case basis with factors such as the potential market taken into consideration. To give an example, Frontwing cite the following: “of course to someone who knows or is learning Japanese it’ll be clear that the ‘u’ in ‘Touka’ simply elongates the ‘o’ sound, but to someone not aware of that, they’re probably likely to pronounce her name like “two-ka”.

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  • Miqubi

    Ctrl+F Subahibi

    Well… guess it bodes well

  • Mr0303

    The Vita is a perfect place for visual novels. If it wasn’t for it I doubt I would’ve endured the whole of Fate/Extella.

    • Unless you want it uncensored.

    • Mr0303

      There is no censorship in Fate/Extella and overall handhelds are more convenient platforms for VNs due to their portability.

    • To each their own. I rather play it with all the nudity on a big screen.

    • Mr0303

      There is no nudity in the game that I mentioned.

    • Miqubi

      GameZard is talking in general not specifically about fate/extella, he’s referring to VN which cannot have 18+ content on consoles and get eviscerated to get published there.
      Sharin no Kuni for example won’t have the fandiscs on vita and obviously no porn.

    • Mr0303

      He’s a troll, so it’s not very clear what the motivations are, but either way this doesn’t relate to anything I said. I suggested that the Vita is a good place for VNs and then mentioned a game that is neither 18+ nor censored.

    • Miqubi

      “Handhelds are more convenient platforms for Vns due to their portability”
      I mainly replied due to that which is a broad statement the portability comes at the expense of the 18+ material usually, which is fine for those that value it over the loss of adult content.
      Personally I consider the neutered versions trash outside of very “special” situations like Himawari and similar complete remasters or Little Busters which was originally all-ages, but again to each his own, and it’s good there’s a choice for everyone.

    • Mr0303

      Well chances are that the 18+ games won’t make it to the Vita anyway, so what I was saying there is that if you have a VN on a console and PC and a handheld version, the handheld one has the advantage of portability – playing in bed, on the train, on the toilet etc.

    • DOUGHNUTS ARE AMAZING

      Same here. Aside from the portability factor, I’d rather play a legal physical copy than the 18+ legal nightmare. You don’t have to worry about this on consoles.

  • Just continue to release your games uncensored on PC and I will be happy.

  • Panpopo

    The Vita and PS4 are great options to release VNs, as long as they keep their expectations reasonable. VNs will always remain very very niche, unless it is a big name like Clannad, Steins;Gate or Grisaia for example. Don’t want them to produce a bunch of copies and have them lose money. I think their limited release options like for kickstarter or partnering with limited run games makes sense