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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Otomate goes heavy with the pretty boys on Nintendo Switch


News by Matt S. 

Otomate is an Idea Factory brand that regular readers of DDNet should be pretty familiar with. It's the visual novel brand that is "for women," in that it produces games with harems full of gorgeous dudes for you to date and fall in love with.

Of course while the intent of the studio might be for these games to appeal to a female audience, anyone with taste in good narratives and stunning art tends to enjoy what Otomate produces. The developer has now announced a veritable flood of new games, and so much of it is going to be on the Nintendo Switch.

Here's the full list of titles:

Amnesia for Nintendo Switch (a port of a wildly successful existing VN)
Amnesia Later x Crowd for Nintendo Switch (another port)
Collar x Malice for Nintendo Switch (another Switch port of a great existing VN)
Birushana Sensa: Genpei Hika Musou (historical VN set during the Genpei war)
Dairoku: Ayakashimori (a fantasy VN "set in another world")
Gensou Kissa Enchante (no details about this one at this stage)
Meiji Katsugeki High Karak Ryuuseimkum: Seihai Shimaseau, Yonaoshi Kagouu (a very long title for a VN that's set during the Meiji era)
Piofiore no Banshou: Episodio 1926 (a sequel to a VN that - I believe - was never localised into English)
Olympia Soiree (a story of mythology and fantasy - one assumes, given the title, that it'll be set in and around Greece)
Tokei Jikake no Apocalypse ("a story that starts from the bad ending" is certainly an intriguing premise for a visual novel)

All of these look set to have Nintendo Switch ports, in addition to the three that are getting special Switch re-releases. All of these will be released in 2019 through 2020... Otomate is nothing if not a prolific development studio. Sadly, there's no reason to believe all ten of the titles above will make their way into English. Idea Factory has an international publisher - Idea Factory International - but sadly that publisher doesn't look after many Otomate titles. We've usually had to rely on third party publishers, like Aksys, to handle this work.

Fingers crossed we get at least a few of them, though. The Switch is perfect for visual novels.

- Matt S. 
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Otomate goes heavy with the pretty boys on Nintendo Switch
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