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Ninetail has launched a Kickstarter to raise funding for the localization of their turn-based SRPG and visual novel, VenusBlood GAIA.

In VenusBlood GAIA, the island of Palastra has fallen from their golden age: the fields are barren, the birth rates have decreased exponentially, and an unknown plague has ravaged the land. During these desperate times, a new energy source called Ether was discovered by Theofrad, the Archduke of Energia. Ether has the potential to revive this dying nation, but the Holy Dragon Empire outlawed its use and instead declared a holy war on Energia. Knowing well that the empire clearly has more power and greater numbers, it's up to Theofrad to use his wit, technology, and allies to defeat this goliath and save his city.

VenusBlood GAIA includes a few new features that differ from the previous VenusBlood games. The Labyrinth Dungeon Defense-style gameplay allows you to place your squads around the labyrinth and set up traps to hold back oncoming invasions. As the invaders enter the labyrinth, you'll have to consider what routes they'll take and counter their movements accordingly. You can create different types of rooms that can either hinder invaders or help your own army, such as trap rooms to slow down invaders, a treasure vault to store the spoils of war, a training facility to strengthen your troops, and more.

Another new feature is the Arcane Avatar Project. Select a Progenitor from one of Theofrad’s female companions and he can use their DNA to create Arcane Avatars, strong soldiers that can help defend the city. Since the Arcane Avatars share a bond with the Progenitors that spawned them, they will receive bonuses if they're placed in the same division.

VenusBlood GAIA's localization is planned to be handled simultaneously with the Japanese release. The international version will be made all ages, but a free patch will be released on JAST USA that will restore all the content that was cut. Ninetail is aiming to raise ¥13,200,000 (approximately $98,923) in order to fund the English localization of VenusBlood GAIA. This goal has already been met, but Ninetail has set up seven stretch goals, four of which have already been reached.

Here is a list of the stretch goals:


You can also get additional rewards, depending on how much you pledge to the Kickstarter.

At ¥550 ($5), you will receive a full set of digital wallpapers, project updates, and Backerkit access.

At ¥4,400 ($33), you will receive the full set of digital wallpapers, project updates, Backerkit access, and a digital game key of VenusBlood GAIA for Steam and JAST USA.

At ¥6,270 ($47), you will receive a digital game key, digital wallpaper set, project updates, Backerkit access, and the choice between a digital soundtrack or a digital art book.

At ¥7,810 ($59), you will receive the digital wallpaper set, a digital game key, digital art book, digital OST, project updates, and Backerkit access.

At ¥8,800 ($66), you will receive a digital wallpaper set, project updates, Backerkit access, a digital game key, and a physical copy of the game.

At ¥10,560 ($80), you will receive a digital wallpaper set, digital game key, physical copy of the game, project updates, Backerkit access, and a choice between getting the physical and digital copy of the soundtrack or the physical and digital copy of the art book.

At ¥12,430 ($94), you will receive a digital game key, physical game, digital wallpaper set, project updates, Backerkit access, digital art book, digital OST, physical art book, physical OST, and your name in the name in the credits.

At ¥13,750 ($104), you will receive the Gaia Set , which includes digital art, digital game key, digital OST, digital wallpaper set, physical art book, physical game, physical OST, your name in the credits, project updates, backerkit access, and a replica Shikishi of Milia and Titie.

At ¥16,500 ($124), you will receive the Apprentice's Craft reward tier, which includes everything in the Gaia Set and the choice between a Milia mouse pad, a mug featuring Carmilla and Teria, playing cards, or a double coin, one gold and one silver.

At ¥17,380 ($131), you will receive the Triple Keychain Set, which includes the Gaia Set and your choice of three acrylic keychains out of a set of fifteen.

At ¥19,800, ($149), you will receive the Tapestry Set, which includes the Gaia Set and a choice between two B2 tapestries, one featuring the new main visual and the other featuring an uncensored image of Teria.

At ¥20,900 ($157), you will earn the Alchemist's Masterwork, which includes the Gaia Set and the choice between canvas art of a hot spring visual, acrylic table clock, messenger bag, blanket, or a set of ten coins.

At ¥26,950 ($202), you will get the Always Together tier, which includes the Gaia Set and a dakimakura of either Milia, Kukel, Teria, Carmilla, and Titie.

At ¥28,600 ($215), you will receive Titie's Keychain Collection tier, which includes the Gaia Set and the complete set of fifteen acrylic keychains.

At ¥39,600 ($297), you will receive the Gaia Set and a Shikishi signed by the voice actress of the character of your choice. The signed Shikishis will be based on the VAs used in the International version.

At ¥39,600 ($297), you will receive the Memories of a Tune tier, which includes the Gaia Set and a VBG music box that plays a nostalgic tune from the game for thirty seconds.

At ¥39,600 ($297), you will receive The Beloved Heroine tier, which includes the Gaia Set and your choice of a momimakura; a breast pillow, of either Teria, Carmilla, or Vanilla.

At ¥74,250 ($558), you will receive a the Gaia Set and Arcane Avatar Project Participation. The Arcane Avatar Project applies to those who have made a Rebirth unit during Ninetail’s previous Kickstarter campaigns. You will be able to bring units from previous games and transfer them over to VenusBlood GAIA. By transferring your unit, it may undergo status and skill changes.

At ¥99,000 ($742), you will receive the Energia's Council - Citizen tier, which grants you the Gaia Set, one of the fifteen acrylic keychains, a mousepad, a steel mug, double coins, playing cards, one of two tapestries, one of the five dakimakura covers, and the choice of either the canvas art, table clock, messenger bag, blanket, or coins. You will also receive voting rights for scenes and guest units. Each backer for this tier will receive four votes for scenes and four votes for guest units.

At ¥135,300 ($1,014), you will receive the Gaia Set and a shikishi drawn and autographed by the illustrator and the voice actress of the character of your choice.

At ¥198,000 ($1,484), you will receive the Energia's Council tier rewards. This includes the Gaia Set, the goods from the Energia's Coucil - Citizen tier, one of two tapestries, your choice of two of five dakimakura covers, a complete keychain set, your choice of the VBG music box, or one of the three momimakura, a VA signed Shikishi, and eight votes during guest unit and scene voting.

At ¥261,800 ($1,1962), you will receive the Gaia Set and Rebirth, where an original unit of your choice will be added to the game. This unit will only appear during battles.

At ¥288,200 ($2,160), you will receive the Gaia Set and VA signed Shikishi. You will also have access to Flower of the Battlefield, where you can pick a single common unit and an episode will be created featuring that unit.

At ¥429,000 ($3,219), you will the Energeia Council - Noble reward tier. This includes the Gaia Set, the goods from the Energeia Council tiers, your choice of two of five dakimakura covers, a complete keychain set, your choice of the VBG music box or one of the three momimakura, twelve votes for the scene, and guest unit voting, and the choice between the Rebirth reward or the Flower of the Battlefield reward.

At ¥792,000 ($5,936), you will receive the Energeia Coucil - Chairman tier. This will include the Gaia Set, the goods from the previous Energeia Council tiers, both tapestries, a set of five dakimakura covers, a complete keychain set, the VBG music box, a set of three momimakura, Rebirth, Flower of the Battlefield, and sixteen votes for the scene and guest unit voting.

At ¥1,200,00 ($8,994), you will receive The World Arcana tier. This tier includes the Gaia Set, a Shikishi signed by the illustrator, a personal thank you message from the heroine, four votes for the scene and guest unit voting, and Arcane Avatar Project Participation. You will also have access to Arcana of the World, where you can choose one GAIA heroine and an original episode involving that character will be made at your request. A new commander unit that was connected to that episode will be added to the game and can be used during battles.

The Kickstarter for VenusBlood GAIA will end on August 31st. As of writing this article, Ninetail has raised ¥24,113,489 (approximately $180,711), far exceeding their original goal of (approx. $98,923). If you want to learn more about the game and the Kickstarter campaign, consider checking out Ninetail’s Kickstarter page. You can also play a demo of VenusBlood GAIA on JAST USA.

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