Albeit, this is a couple weeks old news that we missed, it’s a pretty important piece. Sorry for the delay in coverage.
As most of you know, less then a month or so ago, all ages visual novel/game maker KID declared bankruptcy and was forced to liquidate their assets and disband all operation. Hirameki International, who owns the US distribution rights to the games Ever17 and Ai Yori Aoshi, was not informed in advanced of the decision either, and decided to seeking out more information before release a public statement. On January 11th, Hirameki released its statement regarding the future of their Ever17 license and KIDs last couple days:
On December 1, 2006, the visual novel company KID unexpectedly announced bankruptcy, and suspended operations. This was a unforeseen and deeply shocking development – we at Hirameki were given no prior warning, and first learned about it through the newspapers. Since then, we have repeatedly attempted to contact KID in order to discuss matters, but we have been unable to reach them. Therefore, we will be able to continue selling “Ai Yori Aoshi” and “Ever 17″ for as long as our sales contract remains valid, but it is currently unclear whether or not we will be able to renew the contract. Furthermore, because the staff of KID was dissolved on December 1, we are no longer able to contact the production teams, which may make it difficult to offer technical support for the Hirameki games produced by KID.
Either way, if you have not purchased a copy of Ever17 or Ai Yori Aoshi, now would be a good time to do so before potentially the games become unavailable.
The full article can be read here. (A free Hirameki login/password is required to read the complete article)
Original post by Misuzu, migrated from VisualNews