On 27 June, the creator of the female-oriented visual novel OZMAFIA!!, Poni-Pachet, announced that an English localization of the title was in the works.
Dear our English-speaking friends and overseas otome game users,
Thank you for your many inquiries and requests.
We have finally decided to sell a localized version of “OZMAFIA!!”.
We are now hard at work making an English version.
Please await further messages for details
such as method and time of sale.
Thank you for your message to us.
I could not reply to every one. sorry.
I worried a lot about whether to make a localized version.
This is because I have repeatedly seen how our data is used publicly in unbelievable ways, such as illegal uploads, in illustrations or in music.
However, I have also seen people who censure illegal uploads raise their voices in order to stop this practice.
It is precisely this what gave me the push that I needed to make this localized version.
Thank you to all of you who believed in my words and waited for a long time.
I hope you will be pleased with this news!
It’s a bit meh to see them talk about illegal uploads this way given current market realities in both the West and Japan (I wonder if people will ever stop being surprised…), but it’s nice to see a Japanese company listen to fans in this way. Now, I’m not saying releasing anything without a decent expectation of profits is to be expected. I’m just saying that the number of people pirating your work doesn’t really matter, as long as you get enough sales. Ah well, soapbox time over – feel free to argue with me in the comments.
MangaGamer’s head of PR, Kouryuu, recently said that MG would be announcing multiple titles that will “appeal to female visual novel fans” at AX. This might be one of them.
i guess they get a lil annoying about pirating cuz they are kinda new in the market?
tho i guess this is less worst that quinrose anti-pirating thing that you had to connect to internet and type your ip-adress (even having the original game sometimes didn’t work and it is really frustrating) to install the game :V
There are broke-ass mofos who will pirate anything and then there are sensible people who resort to piracy because there’s no other choice in getting the game. Give them a choice, that’s all you got to do.
Wish there was a platform where we could buy and store all our VN… kind of like Steam.. or on steam… There’s just the fact that many are 18+ so that doesn’t help in getting on a digital platform…
Leave them, I guess. They have enough reasons to be careful given the harsh reality although, sometimes, these “piracy” are what increases their fanbase. You know, ”spread the word”. People will buy their stuff eventually if they like it enough.