|2013–03–22||Press Release: Saya no Uta goes golden master|
|2013–02–28||Tick Tack demo now available|
|2013–02–18||MangaGamer announces new titles at Katsucon|
|2012–12–21||Slave Witch April now on sale from MangaGamer|
Hey everyone, zalas here. It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Well, unfortunately, as you may have surmised, I have kind of lost interest in updating this website, and it has fallen into quite a dilapidated state. To be honest, I don’t really see a need for encubed anymore, as there are quite timely sources of information available nowadays for visual novel translations. The two big commercial localizers JAST USA and MangaGamer have been doing a pretty good job updating their websites and Twitter feeds, and as far as fan translations go, I hear that VNTLS has been doing quite a good job as well. At Anime Expo 2013 and seeing MangaGamer announce additional suspense mystery titles, economics-heavy all-ages titles and dark sex titles, and seeing JAST USA announce animated beach stories, blockbuster time travel stories as well as even a partnership with short girls, I feel that this community has come a long way, and I hope it continues to carry on. Thank you for your patronage, well at least to what readers still remain. I’ll continue to pop in here and there as I always have, but as for writing for encubed, I think it’s already time for me to say: “Farewell Psy Congroo.”
MangaGamer has now released an English version of Project Navel’s adult game Tick! Tack!, a follow-up side story to SHUFFLE!. In the new game, the gang ends up in the past through some random hijinks, and the protagonist’s decisions ends up determining Nerine’s fate. The game is available at 34.95 USD and is a 1.1 GB download via Amazon S3. As was mentioned previously in the website renewal blog post, MangaGamer games will now be priced in USD, and buyers get approximately 5% cash-back towards future purchases through the new points system. In other news, MangaGamer has also opened preorders for the sex romp Orion Heart, with a release scheduled for May 24.
TLWiki has released an English fan translation for Nitro+’s Dra+Koi. This concludes a project which originally started back in 2011, but has been mostly inactive until the beginning of this year. The translator, Moogy, commented in the readme that while Nitro+ was willing to allow an official release of the title through JAST USA, this would only be after the announced Nitro+ games are released which would have taken quite some time. These announced titles currently include Saya no Uta (which is in golden master status and is scheduled to be released next month), Hanachirasu, Outlaw Django, and Sumaga.
MangaGamer has now unveiled a revamp of their website, bringing a new layout that includes a scrolling ad banner promoting new and upcoming products. The mascot character has also gotten a few “enhancements”, and her all-new more mature image can be seen on the site banner as well as the 18+ gateway page, whereas the staff blog appears to still use the previous version. Product pages now also feature embedded HTML5 media for games with promotional videos, with apparent support for H.264, Theora and WebM. All customers with accounts on the old MangaGamer website received an email with a new temporary password for the revamped site and are asked to login and set a more permanent one. The website update wasn’t without its kinks, however, as there were initially some payment issues. Furthermore, there were login problems; the blog post about the update suggests that users make sure they visit http:///www.mangagamer.com/ and not simply http://mangagamer.com/. In other news, coinciding with the website revamp, softhouse-seal’s spy-themed sex romp SSSS: Super Secret Sexy Spy has also been released.
Amaterasu Translations has released a complete fan translation of Key’s all ages visual novel Rewrite. This was the 7th project that Ixrec translated and released released through Amaterasu Translations. Going forward, Ixrec previously announced plans for the next several projects he intends to work on, with his next project being Dra+Koi from Nitroplus. Two partial patches for Rewrite had been released previously; the first partial patch covering just the common route was released early last year, and the second covering the heroine routes was released about a month ago.