Posted by: Rillania 20 November 2016
On October 31st, 2016, the Japanese version of Ultra Adventure! Go Go Osawari Island closed its doors permanently.
[UPDATE 11/21/16] Since the release of this article, we’ve been contacted by Bosho, an employee of SuperHippo and the head of the Osawari Island staff. He clarified that the information provided by the Nutaku rep on new events was somewhat accurate, and has informed us of the correct situation of the events going forward. Nutaku and SuperHippo are separate entities, with SuperHippo being the ones who have planned, and will be executing, the new content. The newsletter that was released to Osawari players containing this information came from SuperHippo staff.
We had previously stated that the information our rep’s had obtained appeared to imply new events would begin immediately after the last JP event. However, Bosho corrected this saying that new events will not happen until sometime probably around Spring of 2017. Until the new events are ready to go, the games previous events will be repeated. However, they will be receiving new eromon. Everything else stated is in the works. [/UPDATE]
The closure of the Japanese version of Osawari Island came swiftly, with the following message announced to players only a mere month prior to the game’s termination.
Announcement: End of Service for “Daibouken! Yukeyuke ☆ Osawari Island”
9/29 2:00 PM
Thank you for playing “Daibouken! Yukeyuke ☆ Osawari Island”. We have decided to terminate service for the game on October 31, 2016.
Please find our shutdown schedule below.
○ 10/11/2016 2:00 PM
– Item store closure
*You can use your previously purchased items until the game goes offline.
*Please keep in mind that we will not offer refunds for items purchased with DMM Points.
– Eromon Encylopedia fully unlocked
– All players who spent DMM Points in the game will receive free items
○ 10/31/2016 2:00 PM
– Game will be shut down
We would like to sincerely thank you for your patronage all these years
This left more than a few avid fans and players of English version wondering if Nutaku would be closing down the Western release as well once the game caught up to the Japanese version’s final event. With only one more event to go after the one currently running, speculation and rumors began to circulate around — particularly on the English wiki page. The most common one being that Nutaku had stated that they planned to keep the English version open and just repeat previous events. Seeing as there were no official sources claiming this, we reached out to a representative of Nutaku for clarification.
The resulting conversation was insightful and informative, with new information spanning past Osawari Island itself. Before we delve into what was found out in regards to the future of the title, the first thing that we should discuss is the breaking reality of games that have been labeled as “owned” by Nutaku in the past. During our conversation, we were informed that — despite past preconceptions and allusions — Nutaku itself does not actually own or manage any games on its platform on both its free-to-play and downloadable areas.
Much like their games that are directly under the control of DMM, these titles that have often been described as being under direct control from Nutaku are actually, in fact, not under their control at all. They are actually under the ownership of a company called SuperHippo, which publicly, on the surface, is a mobile game developer headquartered in Romania with an office in Ireland. The clear distinction between SuperHippo and Nutaku is a development that has not really been discussed in public, but we were informed people would be hearing more about them in the months to come.
Nutaku is merely a platform, while SuperHippo is the one in charge of all game content — including translations. SuperHippo’s list of titles that it oversees includes: Osawari Island (both mobile and web), Girls Kingdom, Kanpani, Flower Knight Girl, Hitsuji Chronicles, PeroPero Seduction, Hellfire Girls US, Quiz of Valkyrie, Angelic Saga, X overd, and Sengoku Providence.
There’s a lot more to be said on SuperHippo, but that is for another time — and another article. The original intent of reaching out to Nutaku, and this article, was to investigate and find out Osawari Island’s future presiding its Japanese counterparts demise, and so it is time to shift gears back to that.
Osawari Island‘s fate is a particularly positive one for players of the game. The rumor that the title will merely repeat events is a false one. The truth is that Osawari Island will instead be receiving new content that includes a revamped interface, new events and eromon, a new PvP system, and a few other items yet to be announced.
At this point in time, there aren’t any concrete details on all of this, but Nutaku’s representative stated that the information he received suggested that there would be no interruption in the game’s event schedule and that, presumably, these new events would roll out immediately after the last event present in the Japanese version ends.
Despite the game’s Japanese closure, it seems that lady luck is on the side of English players for now. While the question about the future of Osawari Island has been answered, the revelation of SuperHippo is a new development that has only had its surfaced scratched.
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