Posted by: Rillania 14 February 2016
Sekai Project has announced three new title acquisitions during its panel at the Animation on Display convention in San Francisco, California.
[Update 03/15/2016] Karakara’s Indiegogo campaign was successfully funded at 128% of it’s original goal. It appears that you can still pledge if you were eyeing any tiers that you hadn’t pledged for yet.
[Update 02/20/2016] We have received a response from Sekai Project. Sakura Dungeon will “very likely” receive an 18+ edition to it, with more details to come out in the next weeks/months. Hoshizora will feature a new translation, not the fan translation, and currently details are still being worked out, so an 18+ edition is still in discussion. Karakara will still be delivered by the announced release date even if the full Indiegogo goal is not reached. While we were not given a breakdown of where the money specifically would go, we were told the funding is going towards the ” publishing and localization effort”. Another reason Indiegogo was also chosen over Kickstarter was due to the flex funding that IG offers, since the creation and release of the game is not contingent on the campaign being successful; By doing this, they could also “garner support and deliver some nice backer rewards”.
These titles include a new installment of Winged Cloud’s Sakura series, a new partnership with developer Favorite, and the crowdfunding and creation of newcomer calme’s first title, whose team includes industry veterans P19 and Kio Nachi, the scenario writer for Yumiko in Grisaia.
Sakura Dungeon Developer: Winged Cloud
From Winged Cloud, the creators of Sakura Spirit, Sakura Swim Club, and the highly-addicting Sakura Clicker, comes Sakura Dungeon. Sakura Dungeon is a first-person dungeon crawling RPG set in a fantasy world where monsters and humans have been at war with one another for generations. However, a new battle is brewing….
In this story players will assume the role of an ancient fox spirit who awakens after several hundred years of deep sleep to find that possession of her lovingly made dungeon has been taken from her! As if that wasn’t enough cause for alarm, she has also been robbed of her power, leaving her weak and vulnerable. She soon discovers that it was a heroic knight who woke her from her slumber, and after a brief fight and “negotiation,” the knight decides to join her on an adventure to reclaim the dungeon! Together, they will unearth great treasures, reveal secrets and hidden rooms, and recruit monster girls to fight by their side…all while avoiding traps, fighting off dangerous enemies and bosses across multiple floors, and uncovering the devious plans of the new dungeon lord. One of the most important mechanics of Sakura Dungeon is the ‘capture’ mechanic, wherein the player will be able to capture monster girls they encounter and add them to their party.
In addition dungeon exploring, Sakura Dungeon is also packed with extensive dialogue and plenty of gorgeous backdrops and cutscene artwork for the player to unlock as they carefully navigate their way through the dungeon.
Hoshizora no Memoria -Wish Upon a Shooting Star-
Hoshizora no Memoria -Wish Upon a Shooting Star- is a romantic VN that contains branching plotlines, a deep emotionally-driven narrative, gorgeous cut scenes, and a multiple endings based off of the choices that the player makes during the game.
After their mother passes away, Kogasaka You and his younger sister, Chinami pack up and move out of the city back to their hometown of Hibarigasaki to live with their aunt Shino. Before making the move to the city, You spent almost every single day after school playing with a girl up at the town observation lookout; she was You’s first true friend. And when she learns of You’s upcoming relocation to the city she becomes very upset…so much so that she makes him promise to her that one-day he must return to Hibarigasaki to marry her. And with a final departure she kisses You on the forehead.
Years later, upon returning to Hibarigasaki, You comes across a now abandoned, fenced-off observatory lookout. It is at this lookout where he encounters a mysterious scythe-wielding girl named Mare who looks strangely like his childhood friend from years past. But as You’s life back in his hometown progresses, he is able to makes new friends both in the astronomy club at school and while working at a local restaurant, all while still attempting to seek out his childhood friend. Intrigued, he continues to visit with this mysterious girl at the lookout, but who is she really, and will he ever be to find his childhood friend and make good on his promise?
Hoshizora received a fan translation back in 2012 by Staircase Subs, and is regarded as one of the better moege titles available in English, with it garnering mostly favorable votes on VNDB. It is unclear as to whether Sekai Project will be releasing just an all-ages version of the game, or if an 18+ patch or edition will be available from Denpasoft. There is currently also no information on if they will be using the fan translation, or if they will be starting a new translation from scratch.
Production Studio: calme
KARAKARA. It is the sound of aridity. It is the sound of dry asphalt and sandy winds. It is the sound of relentless sunshine, as well as the sound of a withering race.
The “Age of Dusk.” It is a time of senescence for the human species, during which hybrids known as the “Others”—those who are human, yet not—exist in great numbers. On the windswept barrens of a land without moisture, a small gathering of people make their living in a world they no longer know. Down a stretch of highway and far from the heart of the town are two such people who run a small diner. To them, the circumstances that reshaped their world is of far less concern than the number of lunch boxes they can load into their delivery vehicle. After all, leaving customers hungry is not good for business, and business keeps them fed. Day after day, they occupy themselves with the endless work of their store. However, the comfortable monotony of their daily lives is turned on its head when they discover a large suitcase by the roadside on their way home from deliveries. Lying on the suitcase, unmoving, is a young girl with pink hair…
Though parched, they keep each other company, and while hollow, they fill each other’s voids. So shall they live on this land so arid.
KARAKARA is expected to be released on Steam and Denpasoft on June 27, 2016.
Karakara‘s creation is being funded by an Indiegogo campaign, rather than Sekai’s traditional crowdfunding choice of Kickstarter. According to a response to a question on Twitter, Sekai chose to go with Indiegogo instead of Kickstarter due to the explicit inclusion of 18+ content in the game, which will be sold as a patch on Denpasoft. Unfortunately, the campaign page seems to have no information on specifics as to what the campaign funds will be allocated to, and whether or not the project will be postponed or canceled if the campaign does not reach its goal of $30,000. We have reached out to Sekai Project with questions pertaining to this and their other two announcements, but as of right now we have not received a response.
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