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JAST USA announces partnership with Nitro+

July 3rd, 2009, by zalas
Posted in Conventions, Translation , Tagged: , , , ,

JAST USA, at its panel at Anime Expo 2009, has announced that they have started a partnership with Nitro+ to bring over their games. Further details is available on their special site for the partnership. Currently, the lineup consists of Zanma Taisei Demonbane and Jingai Makyou. As for other news at the panel, the long awaited game, Family Project (家族計画), has also hit golden master status and should be expected by the end of July. Lastly, the mystery game at last Anime Expo was revealed to be from the Yukkuri Panic series from Rolling Star, with yuri-heavy Escalation being the first in that series.

Shingo started the panel with news that rumors of his death have been greatly exaggerated. Amidst the numerous double entendres being inserted into various parts of the panel presentation, JAST USA did present information on their releases in the past year, titles coming up, future projects as well as a new website revamp they have been working on.

For upcoming titles still under production, Cat Girl Alliance is expected in Fall 2009 and Lightning Warrior Raidy II is expected in Winter 2009. Cleavage, as noted before, is now officially frozen; they will continue production if the original game company locates the missing uncensored images. Translation is finished for the Downhill Night series and a few technical issues still need to be solved before release. It is mostly waiting on the Japanese side and if things turn out well, it can be out as early as fall.

The panel presentation then unveiled a quasi-new announcement concerning a game they hinted at during the panel at Anime Expo last year. It will be a new series of games called Yukkuri Panic. Each release will consist of a visual novel game bundled with an arcade-style game. The point of the arcade game is to reveal parts of an image by tracing out those sections without hitting an obstacle. The first release in this series is going to be Escalation, a heavily lesbian-themed game taking place in a Catholic school. These games are from the same people who made the Downhill Night games.

Noting that the panel would be a bit short if it ended right then and there, the presentation proceeded with a large “One More Thing” on screen. This was followed by showing a promotional video for Nitro+’s game, Zanma Taisei Demonbane. Following the video, Shingo explained who Nitro+ were and some other games they have released. Early 2010 was given as a goal for this release. The presentation followed with a promotional video for Jingai Makyou, the second title JAST USA has licensed. The presenters noted that Nitro+ “produces incredibly high budget and high quality games” and that JAST USA is “confident [they] can represent Nitro+ adequately in [their] partnership with them.” If the reception for these games are good, they’ll continue with more games. There’s currently a third title currently under negotiations, but no details have been provided. JAST USA says that they hope to have the two announced games available by the next Anime Expo.

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  1. Vodoka Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 5:40 am

    Fucking awesome. Honestly, I was expecting something of them with all the hype of having something big this year, but not this.
    Doesn’t make it any less great, though. Pretty good starter titles too.

  2. X-Calibar Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 5:46 am

    … SWEET! JAST has my support ..!!
    Where’s the preorder button?!

  3. Blick Winkel Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 5:52 am

    Now it makes sense that Nitro+ game OSTs were being sold in English. This probably doesn’t include Nitro+ /5pb collaborations though.

  4. UBW Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 5:54 am

    More importantly, a good number of major VN groups now are partnering with an English company. I like this trend.

  5. Sharakael Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 6:15 am

    …their OST is being sold in English? Where?!

    (And where’s the pre-order button?)

  6. Vodoka Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 6:21 am

    Sharakael: http://www.japanfiles.com/spotlight/nitroplus

  7. stranger Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 7:17 am

    I don’t recognize any of those titles…. links would nice. I tryed to look for “Yukkuri Panic” on google…. and got loli games in return!… are those loli titles that have been licensed? if yes…. then Peter really does like to play with fire!

    that aside… I am really glade that they (JAST & MG) managed to sign up some new companies. I find this a lot better then just licensing a single title.

    P.S. loli or not… if it have nice graphics… then I am in.

  8. appztetra Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Woot! Woot! this will be an epic!

  9. Azamali Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Nitro+ titles are listed on vndb.org

  10. stranger Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 11:10 am

    thanks Azamali, forgot about vndb.org, both title look really nice

  11. DrmChsr0 Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Isn’t Phantom of Requiem a Nitro+ title?

    THEN THIS ISN’T AS AWESOME AS I HOPED IT WAS.

    Not that it’s not wonderful or anything, it’s just that they already were collaborating in the first place.

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  13. Ronald Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    *gasp*

    Where is the pre-order button!?

  14. Veni Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    What to say, but F*CK YEA DEMONBANE… :p

  15. Haruka Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Al routes translation will be done b4 this comes out anyway -.-

  16. Vodoka Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    http://www.nitroplususa.com/

    The site.

  17. Yoneda Says:
    July 4th, 2009 at 12:11 am

    That Demonbane? The one that spawned an anime series?

  18. Dagger Says:
    July 4th, 2009 at 1:26 am

    Amazing news. <3<3<3 I bought, played & loved Jingai Makyou in Japanese; I’ll be delighted to do the same in English.

  19. Shii Says:
    July 4th, 2009 at 2:21 am

    Where the crap is Saya?

  20. Hamlon Says:
    July 4th, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Looking forward to the Nitro+ titles. After browsing through Rolling Star’s site, I must say that I’m not the least bit interested in the Yukkuri Panic series though.

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