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MangaGamer postpones site update

March 24th, 2009, by zalas
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MangaGamer has posted on its website that their site renewal planned for March 25 has been postponed due to “unexpected circumstances.” Furthermore, the three titles scheduled for release on the same day have been pushed back a month, leaving all four of their remaining upcoming games to be released on April 25.

MangaGamer cites the reason for the release delay as being “an important security risk” that they have found in the three games. Assuming that this is true, then there’s a high possibility that all three games share the same engine. Since their previous game, Da Capo, was ported to the Ethornell game engine, then perhaps these three games were also ported to Ethornell. There is no indication whether this “security risk” applies to currently released games.

In day-to-day computer software, security risks typically refer to some bug in the code that causes a program to interact maliciously with some external source, such as a website or a downloaded file. The only interaction with external sources we’ve seen so far in MangaGamer’s games has been the activation procedure, which sounds kind of odd as a possible exploit vector. Therefore, perhaps this “security risk” isn’t one in the standard sense of the term, but rather a hole in their DRM scheme, or maybe even just a normal crash bug.

Lastly, the MangaGamer update cites “unexpected circumstances” as the reason for the indefinite postponement. There are two possible reasons we can think of. Either the website programming staff had some sort of emergency and came across a technical problem that had no clear solution, or perhaps MangaGamer was aiming to announce some new titles and negotiations had stalled. In either case, we won’t know for sure unless the company decides to make a more detailed announcement regarding it.


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  1. Rick Says:
    March 24th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    MangaGamer has to be one of the most unprofessional and ill-prepared companies in history… it wouldn’t surprise me if they and their website suddenly vanished one of these days never to be heard from again.

  2. Veni Says:
    March 24th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Wouldn’t suprise me either Rick…

  3. unkind Says:
    March 25th, 2009 at 1:54 am

    Yeah, they’re terrible lol, at least they exist tho :)

  4. Pirkaf Says:
    March 25th, 2009 at 7:38 am

    They must be joking..

  5. EvoSpace Says:
    March 25th, 2009 at 9:32 am

    I wish they were joking…
    And it’s not even a language problem they’re facing.

  6. Eric Says:
    March 25th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Why am I not surprise? -.-

  7. Shii Says:
    April 4th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Because you’re Eric.

  8. Eric Says:
    April 5th, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Hmmm…good point.

  9. stranger Says:
    April 6th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    even Japanese companies are changing their release dates:

    Hana to Otome ni Shukufuku wo (First Press Edition)
    from 04/24/2009 to 05/29/2009

    Cross Days (Regular Edition)
    from 04/24/2009 to 06/26/2009 :-(

    Sakura Sakura
    from 03/27/2009 to 05/29/2009
    (source: http://www.erogeshop.com/page_info.php/pages_id/1/pages_name/Changed%20Release%20Date )

    I actually pre-ordered Cross Days and now I am seeing the release date being pushed back (for the 2nd time!). So I guess I can’t really blame MG on their delay.

    P.S. hopefully they won’t delay the release (again) for almost another year, the same way Ubisoft have done with “Splinter Cell: Conviction”.

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