Crowdfunding Project Aims To Localize "Dies irae ~Amantes amentes~" Visual Novel
Last year, award-winning visual novel series Dies irae (music awards at the 2008 Bishoujo Game Awards and 2010 Moe Game Awards) blow the lid off of a crowdfunding campaign from creators Light that aimed to raise 30 million yen ($250,000) for an anime pilot. It ended up ultimately raising 300% of its goal. A TV anime is now planned for fall 2017.
And, a crowdfunding campaign is now looking to prepare the light novels for an English release.
Dies irae was first released in 2007 as the urban fantasy battle opera “Dies
irae -Also sprach Zarathustra-“. After several re-releases, the story was
completed with the release of the 2012 version “Dies irae ~Amantes amentes~”
on the Playstation Portable and PC.
In 2015, a crowdfunding project was launched to fund an anime based on the game. The initial goal was 30 million yen, but with the aid of 5188 amazing backers, we were able to shatter Japanese crowdfunding records and raise a staggering 96,560,858 yen! The anime is due to be aired in 2017 and is currently under production. We’ve decided to distribute it in English-speaking regions as well, so be on the lookout! Make no mistake, we’re emanating a wave of Dies irae on a global scale!
“Dies irae ～Amantes amentes～” will be released on Steam in two parts.
The first part will contain Kasumi and Marie’s routes, while the second part
will cover Kei and Rea’s routes. As it generally takes at least 60+ hours to play through the entire story, we would have no choice but to sell the game at a higher price point, were we to offer it all in one part. So that a wider audience would be able to enjoy the world of Dies irae, we have decided to separate the story into two parts. Rest assured that backers will have access to both parts once they are
completed. The game will also be polished to fit the current system environments.
Expected Release Date
We plan for Parts 1 and 2 to be released in May 2017.
Resolution will be expanded from the old 800×600 to 1280×768, as well as expanded support for different resolutions for more beautiful graphics.
As a result of expanded graphics, the game will support 16:9 aspect ratio in addition to the old 4:3.
To match the graphic effects with the expanded artwork, the old effects will also be reworked.
Use of current game engine allows for support on Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.
The UI including menus and options will be updated to fit the current systems.
Scenes of explicit violence that were altered in the original Japanese version of ~Amantes amentes~ will be fully uncensored. Such CGs will appear as the creators originally intended them.
Furthermore, a free, separate patch restoring the full 18+ version content
will be available for backers at no additional cost. Details concerning the
patch are forthcoming.
— light (@light_staff_tw) December 3, 2016
— Reading Steiner (@DistantValhalla) December 2, 2016
See more on the game’s plot and the crowdfunding campaign at http://prefundia.com/projects/view/project-to-lead-dies-irae-to-the-atziluth/11416/