Shuffle! Visual Novel Gets English Release on Steam in November
Osaka-based video game developer and localization company Active Gaming Media and GREE announced via press release on Friday that they will release Navel‘s Shuffle! visual novel game on the PC via Steam in November. The release will include English text with the Japanese audio. Active Gaming Media’s new “YumeHaven” visual novel brand is localizing the game. Active Gaming Media stated that YumeHaven “provides official translations of high-quality Japanese ‘bishojo’ visual novels for distribution throughout the world.”
The game is based on the game’s PlayStation 2 release, which is all-ages, and includes two additional routes for the characters Mayumi Thyme and Kareha. The game’s Steam page describes the game:
In a certain ancient ruin, two doors were discovered, then accidentally opened. Through these doors were two different worlds: the World of the Gods, and the World of Demons. The three worlds from then on out became interconnected, bringing drastic changes to the human world… The story takes place in an average town in an average country. Two different families moved in either side of a boy who was living in peace and quiet. These were the families of the King of the Gods and the King of the Demons, the rulers of their respective worlds. Both of these Kings had moved upon the wishes of their daughters, who had been in love with the boy since they were young. Years ago, the two girls met the boy only for a moment and neither of them could forget that fateful encounter as they continued to hold him close in their hearts. Now, with the boy’s friends and roommates and all sorts of other people getting mixed up in their story, they begin their new lives―full of trouble, despair, and maybe a little bit of hope. “The man who can become either God, Demon, or Human.” As his friends jokingly call him this, packed with a bit of both sarcasm and envy, the story begins…
Navel released the game on the PC in 2004, on the PS2 in 2005, and in an expanded adult release on the PC in 2009. MangaGamer previously released the game in English in 2009, but without the two additional routes from the PS2 version. MangaGamer discontinued distribution of Navel games, including Shuffle!, earlier this year in March due to a change in management at Navel.
The game series inspired two television anime series, as well as several novel and manga volumes. Funimation licensed and released the first Shuffle! anime series in North America in 2008.
Source: 4Gamer (Gueed)