One of the most popular Japanese eroge and visual novel developers, ELF, has sadly announced it is closing for business.
After an amazing track record of 50+ released titles over 27 years, the eroge developer ELF Corporation is shutting down operations. ELF was one of the leading and pioneering Japanese companies in the realm of erotic visual novels and dating simulators. Their 1992 PC-98 and DOS release of Doukyuusei marked one of the first steps in the evolution of the dating sim genre, introducing many elements which would later became definite staples. Apart from several successful sequels, a revised 2008 edition and several character spin-off games, Doukyuusei also received OVA adaptations from 1994 till 1996 titled Doukyuusei: Natsu no Owari ni (also known as End of Summer in North America) and Doukyuusei Climax. Pictured below you can see screenshots from the PC-98 version of the game together with samples from the game’s official artbook.
While the majority of ELF Corporation games remain untranslated till this day, titles like Words Worth and YU-NO – The Girl that Chants Love at the Edge of the World, considered by many fans to be ELF’s greatest visual novel work, have seen fan translations by enthusiasts. The third game from another popular ELF series, Dragon KnightIII, has managed to find its way overseas as Knights of Xentar in late 1994.
Dragon Knight III (Knights of Xentar)
While the games themselves may not have been very high profile in the Western world, their anime adaptations faired much better, to the point a significant amount of them have even been dubbed into English. Long time fans of hentai anime should instantly recall a certain feisty horse man from the Words Worth adaptation, the incredibly sexy and mysterious women from Koihime and Zoku Koihime, the intrigue-filled Mikagura Detective Agency, the sexual terrors of Isaku, Kisaku and Shuusaku and the steamy incestual overtones of Ai Shimai (Immoral Sisters). A couple of screenshots from all of these series should hopefully jolt the memory (and crotches) of a lot of you.
In their final years of game development, the focus of ELF shifted more towards more stories about revenge, cheating, and cuckolding with titles like Ningen Debris ~Konna Jibun ni Dare ga Shita?~ and the entirety of games from the Maro no Kanja wa Gatenkei series. ELF’s last game, Maro no Kanja wa Gatenkei 3 Kanketsuhen, was released to the Japanese eroge market on the 15th of October of this year. A lot of the staff from ELF and its subsidiary Silky’s have gotten together and will now be working on new titles at Silky’s Plus; another company spawned from ELF Corporation in the early 2010s.
LewdGamer would like to express their sincerest thanks to ELF for contributing to the advancement of the eroge industry for 27 long years and hopes all remaining staff at Silky’s Plus will produce high-quality erotic games for many years to come. Goodbye and thank you, ELF.
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