TechRaptor writer, Giuseppe Nelva, recently conducted an interview with the project leader of the KimiNozo crowdfunding campaign, Morimoto Kouji. The interview dives into several aspects related to the campaign. For example, it confirms that foreign supporters comprise a small but sizeable percentage of the campaign’s backers. It also reaffirms that aNCHOR have no plans of running a separate crowdfunding campaign for an English release of the game.
One especially interesting tidbit is the planned release date for the game. Crowdfunding staff previously confirmed a Spring 2024 release for KimiNozo on Steam in Japanese. An in-game update for English language support would follow at a later previously unspecified date. However, in this interview, Morimoto confirmed that they aim to release the English localization sometime in summer of 2024. However, he notes that he cannot provide a finalized date. Given the past trends in âge’s releases, these aims may very well be subject to delay.
Crowdfunding campaign staff members have yet to reveal the game’s translator. Leon A. translated the last few official Muv-Luv releases. However, Morimoto confirmed on the crowdfund server that the game’s translator is a long-time âge fan intimately familiar with the series.
The crowdfunding campaign marks the first of many KimiNozo Reboot projects, which ultimately aims to culminate in a KimiNozo 2024 remake, a KimiNozo 2040 sequel, as well as various adaptations in different mediums. It recently passed the 100% mark in funding.
Released in October 2001, Kimi ga Nozomu Eien (KimiNozo for short) is a romance utsuge visual novel developed and published by âge. The story follows the daily lives of a group of four friends. But when tragedy strikes, their bonds are tested more than ever before.
KimiNozo remains one of the most influential visual novels of all time. To date, it has sold over 100,000 copies, making it âge’s second most popular IP behind the Muv-Luv series. KimiNozo inspired a 14-episode anime adaptation, localized title Rumbling Hearts, in 2004 as well as a 4-episode OVA series from 2007-2008. Some of the characters in KimiNozo returned later on in the Muv-Luv series. It has received numerous spin-offs including the two fandisks of this release.
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