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US Release of "Steins;Gate" Visual Novel In Consideration

The Steins;Gate visual novel game MIGHT be coming to the US. Fingers crossed!

Fans of Steins:Gate rejoice, for there is a chance that this video game-based anime is not the only thing you'll get out of the S;Gfranchise. Peter Payne, JAST USA (licensor and distributor of English-language bishōjo games) president, confirmed in an interview with Silconera that there are talks with Nitroplus and5pb., Japanese software and video game companies behind the Steins;Gate visual novel, regarding an English release for the game.

With the involvement of both Nitro+ and 5pb in creating the Stein;Gate game, the process is harder for the US counterpart of the agreement. The possibility of the game being released in English is still in question, because they need both companies to agree on its release:

"We’ve talked with Nitroplus about the possibility of bringing outSteins;Gate in English, although it’s complicated as there are two different companies involved, i.e. Nitroplus and 5pb, and we need the agreement of both.”

Another problem that JAST USA might be facing is their need of a major download software distribution platform. Payne expressed his interest in Steam (a digital distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer and communications platform), a company that would help the game's visuals and prestiege. JAST USA is known for their 18+ visual novels, but since Steins;Gate is not adult-themed their chances of getting the download service approved is more likely.

Nothing has been officially confirmed and everything is still being discussed, but say that JAST USA were to receive approval from both Nitro+ and 5pb. Lets imagine that once approved from its original creators, Steam approves Steins;Gate for sale on their platform. Would you be interested in playing the game?

Source: CrunchyRoll / Silconera

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LifeByDegreeson Jan. 25, 2012 at 3:46 p.m.

I'd definitely give it a shot- the concepts and mechanics behind the game seem interesting- and I liked the show a lot. I've thought about buying the iPad version available through the iTunes store- but I'd like the full translation.

buhssuhton Jan. 25, 2012 at 4:05 p.m.

i demand a quick look from Giant Bomb

Bocamon Jan. 25, 2012 at 4:30 p.m.
Steins;gate is already fully translated. If you want to play it, go ahead there's no need to wait 2 years for JAST
sickVisionz moderator on Jan. 25, 2012 at 4:40 p.m.

I'd be way more excited if it wasn't from JAST. A couple of years ago they announced that they would release the School Days game. That still hasn't come out yet and it has no solid release date yet. Steins;Gate is probably going to be another forever never JAST release.

InfiniteGeasson Jan. 25, 2012 at 6:32 p.m.

I would definitely buy this if it got an official release. It would be neat to see if the visual novel genre can gain more popularity outside of Japan.

Wintermuteon Jan. 25, 2012 at 7:07 p.m.

I saw about half of the show before it disappeared from Crunchy Roll. I'd definitely like to see what this "visual novel" is.

Petiewon Jan. 26, 2012 at 4:48 a.m.
This was actually being unofficiallly translated really recently by a group led by this guy called Reading Steiner. They were pretty much finished until their main translator disppeared for a few months.
He came back about a week or two ago and turns out he sold the project to JAST, screwing the rest of his team and making sure he's the only one to receive any profit from the deal.
Daniel_Newton moderator on Jan. 26, 2012 at 6 a.m.

I think it would be really cool to see visual novel games like this come to Steam. I mean, ideally I'd love it if all retail PC games ever became available on Steam, but it would be cool to see this particular genre.

I always wanted the Ore no Imouto visual novel for PSP to come out in English. I'd love to play that.

Petiewon Jan. 26, 2012 at 8:20 a.m.
@Newten: It's pretty unlikely. There's an interview with Cape Fulgur, the team that localised Recettear. There's some interesting stuff about how companies see Visual Novels and how working on an eroge, H-Game or whatever like JAST have done is basically a touch of death for the team.
CruzElbaon Jan. 26, 2012 at 1:50 p.m.

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fijilovesyouon Jan. 26, 2012 at 1:56 p.m.

Hoho... I would want to try a visual novel. If it comes out it PC or PSP format, I would definitely buy it!

Elfenlied1012on July 12, 2012 at 9:30 p.m.

I kinda feel like a dick now for downloading this to my computer and patching it for English.

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