Otome fans of the West: IT’S TIME!!! It’s time to show Otomate how much we want localized otome games to play, enjoy and support! Gloczus, with the help of our good friends at Otomate World, have launched a Kickstarter campaign that will aid in localizing Beastmaster & Prince, Snow Bride, and Ex Another story. It’s not just the base game, but ALL available games in the series! So, otome fans of the West, it’s time to support this cause that will surely get the ball rolling on having more and more otome games making their way over to us to enjoy and support.
Beastmaster & Prince tells the story of a girl named Tiana, who’s training to become as great as an animal tamer just like her mother. One day, when she returns home, she finds a strange man selling several animals to be used for “food:” a lion, duck, wolf and a rabbit. Since the animals look unwell, she decides to buy them by trading her brooch. Once she gets home, Tiana realizes that not only are the animals already tame, but they can speak! They claim that they’ve been cursed and turned into animals and ask for help to return to being humans.
There’s a lot to like about this game: a badass heroine who wants to be a BEASTMASTER. That’s already awesome enough, but how about the guys? You can tame (hur hur) a total of six guys, all whom you can PET in their animal forms…I’M ON BOARD! I’ve been wanting to play this game for a long time, so having the chance for it to be available in English is exciting!
Verde and I have aired our feelings on the campaign in our first podcast episode, but I will elaborate further. First, let’s talk about the amount of content we might be getting for our dollars.
Here you have the base game, Beastmaster & Prince, and BOTH the fandiscs, Snow Bride and Ex Another Story. You get ALL of those, if you pledge the $25 tier. Let’s think about the amount of content you’ll be getting for a mere $25…that’s A LOT of content! While it’s great on your wallet, it doesn’t seem to be helping the Kickstarter campaign any because, simply put, Gloczus seems to be severely undervaluing their own product. There’s hours upon hours upon hours of gameplay being offered here, and it’s only worth $25? In Japan, these games were priced waaayy higher than that! Like we said in our podcast, if they had created several tiers that adds one more game to the mix, this Kickstarter campaign would have a lot more pledges than it does now. For instance, if they had the $25 tier include the base game, then the $35 tier would include the first fandisc, and then the $45 tier would include ALL of them, making it a deluxe package. I feel like that would have made for a better business model, which would have netted them more pledges.
That aside, Gloczus has been hearing out fans with their suggestions and input on the campaign; they’re taking the feedback VERY seriously and they’re making changes to the campaign as it’s going. For example, they confirmed about the voice-acting, they confirmed which games will be included, and the included the option for add-ons.
They wish to see this succeed as much as we all do, so it’s excellent that they’re listening to all feedback that fans have to offer.
Now…let’s talk about the latest update on the Vita port. Okay, now I know that these news will break the hearts of MANY; even I’m a bit disheartened at the moment. However, look at what Gloczus is saying:
Sony’s network is divided into regions, namely, North America, Europe (also including Africa and Australia), and Asia. As our goal is to release the game worldwide, we would need to enter into negotiations with Sony to get their approval for each of these regions. For a digital version on the Playstation Network, we believe it would be difficult to get their approval before this Kickstarter project ends.
For those reasons, even if we made a stretch goal for the Vita version that was successfully reached, we cannot guarantee that we can make it a reality. That is why we’ve decided not to add such a stretch goal during this campaign. Once the game has been successfully released on Steam, we would like to reconsider the creation of the Vita version.
There are many famous and wonderful Otome games we would love everyone outside Japan to enjoy, and we are doing our best to make this project an opportunity to release one of them.
They want these games to be out for ALL regions to enjoy. In order to get that done, the amount of time (it’s Sony we’re talking about here) and money to get the approval for this both exceeds the time limit we have on our hands and the money goal they’ve set. So even though a chunk of people might not have pledged yet because they’re waiting on confirmation of a Vita port, let’s take some time to think what this is REALLY about: getting Beastmaster & Prince localized. This isn’t about the Vita port, it’s about having that chance to get our hands on the game so we can play, enjoy, talk about, and support the possibility of even more otome games getting localized in the future. I mean, check out this VERY IMPORTANT message that Gloczus left in the comments section of the campaign:
By supporting and pledging to this Kickstarter campaign, you’re essentially supporting the FUTURE of otome games in the West. I don’t know about you, but that’s a very important cause, especially if you claim to be an otome game fan. It’s time to put our money where our mouths are; let’s do our best to support this important Kickstarter campaign, not only to get all of the Beastmaster & Prince games localized, but for the FUTURE of otome games!
Yes, this campaign isn’t perfect. There are a lot of info that could have been delivered earlier, and their inexperience with Kickstarter as a platform shows. But you can’t deny that Gloczus is trying to make things work with replying and adding more stuff to the campaign. Also license negotiation takes time, so it’s not like they can announce something that’s not set in stone. Now, I believe they said that there will be more tiers this week…my personal hope is that the tiers are BIG MONEY tiers. What I mean by that is that they have to be $500-$1,000 tiers with a whole bunch of tier-exclusive goods to entice people to want to pledge more money. Having stuff like Otomate event-exclusive items in some of the tiers might help too, because I’m sure that plenty of you might want to grab those items! I know I’ll definitely want to get those!
With 10 days left, there’s not much time left, but it’s too soon to give up and do something dire, like taking your pledge back. Taking your pledge back will not help the success of this campaign; it only HURTS IT! Like I said before, the success of this campaign will pave way for more otome games to make their way over here; it impacts the FUTURE of these games in the West! If someone takes their pledge away, to me, it’s saying that they don’t care about having more localized otome games. Actions do speak louder than words, so if you truly wish to see more otome games being localized in the future, please consider supporting the Beastmaster & Prince Kickstarter campaign. Simply put: if this campaign fails, the possibility of having more Otomate games localized is GRIM. Let’s do our best and support otome game localization! Because, after all, don’t we love these games? Let’s keep the love going around so we can get more games coming our way! 💖
Until next time, happy gaming!