Aksys Announces Not One, But Four Otome Game Localizations!

Code Realize celebration screenshot

I had no idea going into this year’s Anime Expo that Aksys Games would announce not one, but four otome games localizations, but here we are! With Idea Factory International’s silence after releasing Amnesia: Memories, it wasn’t clear if and when we would see more Otomate games in English, but luckily Aksys Games has shown they value this market by showering fans with game announcements. And I couldn’t be happier!

[Update] Period Cube and Collar x Malice are available on Amazon!

Scheduled to release in 2017 for PS Vita in North America are Period CubeBad Apple WarsCollar x Malice. In addition, the Code: Realize fan disc will also be getting an English release. Since Aksys Games already brought over Code: Realize last year, it makes sense that they would release the fan disc (not quite a sequel, but rather extra content for fans of the original game), but all of these other titles came as a complete surprise!

[Update] Apparently Aksys Games also stated during their Anime Expo 2016 panel that they are trying to release Hakuouki: Sweet School Life, the Hakuoki AU spinoff game set in a Japanese high school, as well.

 

While I’m always happy to hear that any otome games getting localized, Period CubeBad Apple Wars, and Collar x Malice are especially exciting, because they’re all games I have on my list to play! In fact, Period Cube and Bad Apple Wars are already on my shelf, and Collar x Malice would be if it were already out (it was recently pushed from its July release date to August in Japan).

Collar x Malice CG
Collar x Malice features art by Mai Hanamura, the artist behind the gorgeous Amnesia: Memories!

For a brief introduction to the games themselves, Period Cube ~Torikago no Amadeus~ features a protagonist searching for her lost brother inside an MMORPG, while Bad Apple Wars is an unconventional romance that takes place after death where you must choose a side for the heroine to start on at the beginning of the game. Meanwhile, in Collar x Malice, you take on the role of a police officer who must uncover the mystery surrounding a poison collar an attacker placed around her neck. Finally, the Code: Realize fan disc, titled Code: Realize ~Future Blessings~ in English, allows you to spend more time with the main guys from Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~, with two bonus all-new character routes!

In addition to these exciting otome game announcements, Aksys Games also revealed at their Anime Expo 2016 panel that they will be releasing Tokyo XanaduShiren the WandererNinja Usagimaru, and Chase Cold Case Investigations – Distant Memories in English, too!

Bad Apple Wars promo art
Bad Apple Wars looks kind of like an otome version of Danganronpa!

Which otome game are you most excited for Aksys Games to bring over? Since I already own Period Cube and Bad Apple Wars, I’d have to go with Collar x Malice, but I also can’t wait to see more of my favorite Code: Realize character, Impey!

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  • Ultimatum

    I just finished Code: Realize last week, so I’m super excited for the fandisk! Bad Apple Wars is so pretty, though, and the heroine of CollarXMalice seems pretty cool Goddd I’m just so excited all of a sudden this was a great Sunday evening to check Twitter!
    Also, Tokyo Xanadu on Vita yessssss!!!!

    • Yeah, so many exciting announcements! Even the non-otome games Aksys is bringing over are awesome, too!

  • Zeria

    Awesome stuff. I really enjoyed Code: Realise, and I’ve been gradually getting into visual novels since I played it. I’ll have to import these when they hit the states. CollarXMalice sounds the most interesting to me right now, but they’re all going to be worth sinking a few hours into I think~

    But god, I hope none of these have a guy like Toma from Amnesia in them. He scared the hell out of me in his route…

    • Haha yeah, Toma was a bit nuts… But glad to hear you’ve been getting into visual novels! Sounds like you’ll have a lot to play next year XD

  • Marcus Estrada

    On one hand, I find it really weird that Idea Factory is apparently uninterested in publishing Otomate stuff… but maybe Amnesia really did poorly for them (would make sense as they often sell the Steam version for outrageously cheap).

    It isn’t for a lack of an audience, of course. Aksys Games is proving that by doubling down on otome titles. The fact that they have all this lined up right now is super exciting. I’m going to play ALL OF THEM!!!!

    • It’s definitely very odd! I’m not sure why Aksys has been handling so much Otomate stuff over IFI. I’m not sure why they suddenly decided to do ALL THE OTOME GAMES either, but I’m certainly not complaining! Hopefully the scripts will be a bit tighter than Norn9’s English version, though…

  • Westraid

    Collar x Malice is the one I’m most excited about. I love the police/crime theme of it, and finally we’re ditching the teen ages and go into the twenties.
    I had the game pre-ordered already but I’m not confident enough that I’ll understand the policey vocabulary in Japanese, so I gladly wait a bit longer to play it in English and spare myself confusion and kanji squinting.

    They’ll probably be digital only in Europe, which I understand
    considering the state of the Vita, but I’d really prefer having a case.
    Guess
    I’ll have to settle for digital either way since customs will rip me
    off unless I can find an US store that is cool with friendly invoices
    and gift marking.

    I’ll definitely be getting Collar x Malice and the Code: Realize Fandisc.
    Period Cube also seems interesting but honestly I didn’t look into it much yet.
    Ah, who am I fooling, I’d probably get them all at one point because I really appreciate Aksys bringing them over.

    • Collar x Malice is definitely the one I’m most excited for, too! I had it preordered as well, but I canceled mostly because I’m not made of money and would rather support the localization XD;; I’ll definitely get the Code: Realize fan disc on release, too!

      Since I already have Period Cube and Bad Apple Wars, I’d like to at least have a look at the Japanese versions first so I don’t feel like I totally wasted my money, hah! It’d be a good time to preview them before the English versions so I can help get folks excited for the English releases! Now that I’ve said that in a public space, I’m going to have to be held accountable for that 😉 First Impressions coming… Sometime! Definitely!

      I agree with you about physical games, though – it’s always so much nicer to have the box than a digital copy! I hope you’re able to get them easily…

      • Westraid

        I’m counting on you to count all the bad endings!

  • I am super excited about Code: Realize! Loved that game so much.Loved all the characters but Saint Germain is my absolute fav. I have been dying to play Collar x Malice and am over the moon that we are getting an English translation in 2017.

    I am loving all of these title announcements because it brings us one step closer to having more titles translated to English. I hope that with more and more titles being released international, it will make it easier for Japanese development teams to see this as a sign that there is a strong market for visual novel games to be localized. I want more and more people to have official copies of these games.

    OELVN games are picking up as well. There is potential for growth. Even I am working on my own game. If we have more OELVNs that are strong in both story and character design, the market would get that much bigger with better variety and cultural perspectives. My hope is that with more and more games will come out and make this niche section of games more popular in the near future.

    • Stephanie Bishop

      Code: Realize is already out in the US for the vita.

      • Yes, but they are releasing the additional character disk for it next year. So I’m excited for more content.

  • Lydia

    Hey, sorry if this question is really dumb but would I be able to buy these games on the vita digitally in europe or is it only in the us? I don’t care about having a physical copy, I just want to be able to play it but i wasn’t sure, i’ve never had a vita before but a friend said he could give me his because he doesn’t use it, so i was just wondering because i was really interested in those games

    • Hello Lydia! For some reason your comment is not showing up on Disqus on my post: http://chic-pixel.com/2016/07/aksys-announces-not-one-but-four-otome-game-localizations Did you perhaps delete it? But since I can still see it I will reply here, hopefully there are no issues with you viewing my response.

      As for otome games being available in Europe digitally, a lot of them are! Code: Realize is, so I would assume most if not all of Aksys Games’ further otome titles will also be on European PSN, but it’s hard to say for sure since I don’t think they’ve announced it yet. But I’d definitely say you could get at least some of the games! And any that weren’t on PSN you could purchase physically if you wanted

  • Does anyone know if they plan on localizing Yunohana Spring? The art for the game is really pretty and I would like to play it.

    • Unfortunately they haven’t announced anything, but it would be awesome if they did!

  • TheSkyIsFalling

    Are these going to be on a console or PC?

    • All are for PS Vita

      • TheSkyIsFalling

        These might just be the tipping point in convincing me to buy a vita then lol

        • Yeah, you’ve got these four games next year, plus the original Code: Realize (my personal fav) and Norn9, too!