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Key’s Harmonia on Steam Greenlight, to be Released Soonish

Written by Decay

Today VisualArts Key, creators of famous visual novels such as Clannad and Little Busters, launched their Steam Greenlight campaign for the English version of their upcoming visual novel, Harmonia. Harmonia is a Kinetic Novel (zero-choice linear VN) in the same vein of Planetarian. The protagonist is a robotic boy who wakes up after a catastrophic war. Wandering around a desolate landscape in search of anyone, he eventually comes across and girl and with her, begins to learn what it’s like to feel emotion.

Harmonia screenshot

Key appears to be expressing their dedication to the English market with this move by not only announcing a translation for a game before the Japanese version is out, but also promising to release it in the west first, sometime in 2015 (there’s not much time left in the year!). What this could mean for the future is anyone’s guess, but it appears that Key isn’t planning on abandoning the west any time soon. On a side note, Sekai Project, licensor and translator of the upcoming Clannad English release, isn’t involved with Harmonia’s release at all beyond some cross-promotion on Twitter. Whether this means Key intends to handle all upcoming translations by themselves from now on is unclear. Despite the bad history of translations managed by the original Japanese developers in the VN world, early impressions of the Harmonia screenshots aren’t bad.

BONUS NEWS!

Clannad’s release is nearing, and Key is publishing print ads in various otaku magazines promising a November release date, reaffirming the date given out at AX earlier this year. So get ready for what will hopefully be a proper translation of one of the biggest, most popular VNs of all time, coming next month.

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Decay

Hello, I'm Decay, an avid fan of visual novels and a regular poster on Fuwanovel. Also, I now review and write about VNs officially for Fuwanovel? Yeah, that started happening at some point. You may also see me on VNDB as dk382.

2 Comments

  • so this really makes it look like planetarian 2…
    i will read it since it’s a key vn but what a let down…
    since the angel beats project i was scared that Key was spending the next 5 years on porting AB
    so i was delighted when harmonia was annunced but it’s not a big title…
    hope it will not take too long for their next kamige romantic vn…

  • This is a really bold move I applaud every day. Yes, it’s a small title but still, huge steps.

    Let’s hope the translation is English and not “engrishy”, but aside of that… move away, CoD kiddies, because 2016 will be a hot year for VNs on Steam.

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