If My Heart Had Wings Localisation
on May 13 by

If My Heart Had Wings Localisation

In some surprising news, new publishing team MoeNovel has announced they are localising If My Heart Had Wings. The game is already available for pre-ordering for both digital download and package edition and is set to release June 28th. While the translation on the official site seems stiff and literal, it’s still great news to see more visual novels localised.

 

If My Heart Had Wings follows the story of Aoi Minase, a boy who returns to his hometown of Kazegaura after a long time away. There he reunites with his childhood friend Ageha and meets wheelchair-bound Kotori. Together with them and some other friends, they revive the dying Keifuu Academy Soaring Club and set about riding a mysterious and rare cloud called the “Morning Glory”.

 

 

The game was initially released in 2012 with sexual content, but it seems MoeNovel has taken it out and is marketing it as an all-ages visual novel. The translations of the story and character profiles on the official site seem stiff and literal, but it doesn’t seem entirely bad. It will be interesting to see how this game turns out.

 

If My Heart Had Wings is available on Play-Asia and J-List for €27 or $34.95. Manga Gamer are offering a 5% discount for all pre-orders. There is also a demo available on the official site so you can see if your system can run it. While the official site says the game is a “Japanese animated novel”, it should be noted that it’s not like School Days HD where the entire visual novel was animated.

 



  • http://www.facebook.com/findlay27 Hawk Ward

    I can understand the move to take out the adult content. If you’re localising a game to the West – especially the likes of a Visual Novel – I’m certain that the publishers will want it to suit to the west as much as possible.

    However, I feel this is where the small conflict of understanding occurs. You have your “westerner” fan – of whom likes to keep the integrity of the game as it always has been, whereas you have your more unfamiliar westerner who is new to the scene, and thoughts such as “I ain’t got no time foe dat!” cross the mind as he or she abandons the game dramatically – yes, this does happen, surprisingly enough.

    While we’ve had elements of Visual Novels in the past – i.e. Arc System Work’s titles with their multiple choice stories that effect the outcome – I still think that there is at least room for an adulterated content filter like what was done within Katawa Shoujo, except default it as off, and have a notification as you start up a new game for the first time.

    Nevertheless, I can’t blame MoeNovel for taking the safer approach. While this won’t lead to the best ending for fans, it’s at least enough to potentially unlock other routes for future games.

  • landlock

    Not interested in a all-ages version. Think they’ll lose a lot of there sells taking that route IMO.

    • http://www.insistonplot.com Shadow

      MoeNovel has taken steps to get the VN rated by the ESRB and PEGI which would allow them to sell the game to more vendors. I think this will allow the game to reach places other titles haven’t, so it’d draw in new audiences who don’t necessarily play/want to play games for sex scenes.

      • landlock

        Aye, but will those additional people really be interested in this type of game. It’s not like games like Agarest or Disgaea Infinite are record breakers.

        • http://www.facebook.com/findlay27 Hawk Ward

          Steadily, the west have been getting more familiar with games in Japan. What might not have been so popular a few years ago may just have not been the right crowd to market – For example, you had to enjoy the humour from the Disgaea series in order to play a heavily lopped VN with many a repetitive bad ending.

          It all depends when you look at proper visual novels – had Higurashi sold well? How about other games offered by MangaGamer? These are figures that sadly I do not possess, but I’m sure that if MoeNovel are localising it, that they have a target demographic. So I guess all we can do is wait.

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