Visual novel publisher MangaGamer has announced they will not be publishing any more titles from Western VN maker, Winged Cloud.
The announcement about the split came directly from MangaGamer’s official blog, and states the following:
Regretfully, we must announce that MangaGamer will no longer be publishing Winged Cloud games, including the previously announced title, Sakura Dungeon. Due to intractable creative differences, we have been forced to let Winged Cloud go, and will no longer be able to offer support for their current or future titles.
Not going into detail about what the “intractable creative differences” may have been, MangaGamer also announced Winged Cloud titles will still be available on their platform until the 29th of February.
Fans may still purchase Winged Cloud titles from us from now until February 29th, and those who do will be able to have access to the MangaGamer Editions, which were updated from their original source by our quality assurance team. These editions will no longer be available for public purchase after February 29th. Sakura Santa on Steam will be transferred to Winged Cloud’s new publisher and updated to their version of the title. If you would like to retain the MangaGamer version of the game, make sure you uncheck “automatic updates” for the game by February 29th.
Winged Cloud has released three titles during their 2-year partnership with MangaGamer, which includes Sakura Spirit, a revised version of Sakura Swim Club and the latest 2015 holiday special Sakura Santa. The developer’s newly announced RPG Sakura Dungeon will now be published by Sekai Project, another popular visual novel publisher and translator.
This news comes as a bit of a surprise for anyone following the events within the Western erotic visual novel industry. Not too long ago, at the end of November, MangaGamer broke the news about their then new partnership with Winged Cloud, just to break it up a few months later. Winged Cloud is now back with their original publisher Sekai Project, and a lot of people are surely left to wonder if this will be their last stop in the search for fitting publisher of their games.
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