Developer light has just released Dies irae ~Amantes amentes~ on Steam. The adult patch and the Vita version are still in the works.
Just a few months after a successful Kickstarter, Dies irae ~Amantes amentes~ has been released on Steam. At long last, this immensely popular visual novel, which has sold over one-hundred thousand copies, is available to the west. The visual novel is not all there is to Dies irae; in 2015, a successful Kickstarter led to the funding of an anime series which will be airing this year.
May 1, 1945- Germany.On the eve of Berlin’s collapse, a group of men and women carried out a certain ritual. To them, suffering defeat in the war meant nothing. If anything, the countless lives lost in the battle served as a catalyst to their sacrificial ceremony. Whether or not their attempt bore fruit ― not a soul knows. Following the war, they faded from sight, mind, and eventually into the realm of myth.
61 years later ― Japan, 2006.
Ren Fujii, a young man attending high school in Suwahara City, finds his friendship with his old buddy Shirou Yusa shatter to pieces following a certain incident, ending in a vicious fight that sees Ren hospitalized for two months.
The season shifts from autumn to winter ― to the dawning weeks of December, with Christmas on the horizon. Having lost his best friend, Ren leaves the hospital with the intention to rebuild his new life without Shirou.
But even that plan soon falls apart. Irrationality that defies the realm of common sense begins to assault and devour the city. Abnormalities soon seek to destroy everything Ren holds dear before his eyes with overwhelming violence.
He must change, even if it means crossing the boundary between the ordinary and the extraordinary. His desires are hardly anything grand. All he wants is to return to those days of old. Back to those days filled with simple, everyday joy.
The battle with the Longinus Dreizehn Orden. A continuation of that war full of madness, carnage, and maledictions. What future awaits Ren at the end of his road…?
In a rather unexpected decision, Dies irae was released for free — sort of. The common story sequence is available to download at no charge. The hero stories are the part that costs money. Act I: Omnia Vincit Amor (Kasumi & Marie scenario) and Act II: Nihil Difficile Amanti (Kei & Rea scenario) can be purchased separately for $17.99 each. Now, the story being sold in separate parts was actually mentioned in the Kickstarter campaign. There was some concern that a 60+ hour game would end up being too expensive. Splitting up the story allowed them to sell it at a much more modest price, and the fact that people on the fence can get a taste for free will certainly help them make that decision.
Now in the less-than-exciting news, the R-18 patch, unfortunately, won’t be released for a bit. While it is already translated, the text needs to be implemented and tested before it can be released. The current expected release date will be near the end of July. Light will update everyone with an exact release date once it is known. Additionally, the PlayStation Vita release has had some hiccups as well, and it’s no longer expected to release until sometime in autumn.
Head over to Steam if you’re at all interested in Dies irae ~Amantes amentes~. You can check it out for free on Windows platforms.
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