Operation Backlog Completion 2024
Nov 252022

This morning, Aquaplus held an Utawarerumono broadcast.

I didn’t particularly expect anything to come from it, since Monochrome Mobius just came out and they had a mobile game and upcoming anime adaptation to discuss.

However, Aquaplus announced a new Utawarerumono spin-off visual novel!

Gizoku Tantei Nosuri, or Chivalrous Thief Detective Nosuri, as detailed here by Gematsu, is a digital-only visual novel launching in Japan on December 22 for PS4 and Switch.

I haven’t gotten far enough in Utawarerumono yet to know who Nosuri is, but I’m intrigued.

It sounds like this might be a pure visual novel, which is interesting. While the main trilogy is a visual novel strategy RPG hybrid, they’ve now released a traditional JRPG spin-off and announced a visual novel spin-off.

While there isn’t a full trailer, they do have a short TV commercial.

One thing that concerns me, though, is its platforms. Being released on the PS4 and Switch wouldn’t normally be a concern, except that Monochrome Mobius just came out for the PS4, PS5, and PC, but only the PC version was localized. Meanwhile, Mask of Deception and Mask of Truth aren’t available digitally on consoles, because their license was never renewed. Back when the Monochrome Mobius localization was announced, I speculated that the PC-only localization together with those two being delisted from PSN meant they sold poorly on consoles.

So this new spin-off having no PC release makes me nervous about its localization chances. Let’s hope for the best, though!

In the meantime, I’ve got some Utawarerumono to catch up on.

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