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When They Release

October 15th, 2010, by Message
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With an updated release of their episode 4 and episode 6 patches of Umineko no Naku Koro ni, the Witch Hunt have announced their collaboration with HOBIBOX to bring 07th Expansion’s popular doujin game series to a greater international audience. A downloadable version of both episode 4 and episode 6 (in Japanese) can now be bought online from HOBIBOX’s website at the same price as the original DVDs. The translation is released as a Windows or OS-X installer, or a standalone zip archive. The new patches have been designed to work with both the download version and the physical DVD.

Umineko no Naku Koro ni (literally ‘When the Seagulls Cry‘) is a popular murder mystery sound novel created by the authors of the equally famous Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. The story takes place in the year 1986 at a small, secluded island named Rokkenjima, owned by the head of a wealthy family. After a typhoon traps a number of visiting family members on the island, strange and deadly events start occuring.

HOBIBOX have collaborated with 07th Expansion in the past to create a number of Higurashi audio drama CDs and mobile phone ports of the games, and they were responsible for creating the physical CD copies of MangaGamer’s Higurashi translation that were first made available at Anime Expo this year. The Witch Hunt has also had a special relationship with 07th Expansion, as the doujin group has publicly given full, official approval for their translation and even added a reference to the translation group in episode 4 of the game.

As is usual with games by 07th Expansion episode 4 also contains the first three episodes, while episode 6 includes both episode 5 and 6. Following episodes will be made available by HOBIBOX as their respective translation patches are released.


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    October 15th, 2010 at 2:54 pm

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  2. Asceai Says:
    October 15th, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Insane. Not even the original games are available for DL sales release yet!

    So while I’m somewhat tempted, I’m still incredibly wary of English translations of games I haven’t read normally yet. Package edition for me.

  3. Message Says:
    October 16th, 2010 at 1:58 am

    The download version sold by HOBIBOX is in Japanese, not English. The patches are just updated to also work with the download version.

    (Added this info to the news post explicitly.)

  4. KaioShin Says:
    October 16th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    So out of curiousity as someone from the old continent who is currently blocked from accessing the site, how much do the games cost?

  5. Asceai Says:
    October 17th, 2010 at 4:26 am

    Unlike with Japan I don’t own a dedicated US proxy, thus buying stuff online is something I wouldn’t want to do with an open proxy. Packaged version for me =P

  6. linger Says:
    October 17th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    >So out of curiousity as someone from the old continent who is currently blocked from accessing the site, how much do the games cost?

    2,625yen for EP 4(+1,2,3), 1,785yen for EP 6(+5).

  7. KaioShin Says:
    October 18th, 2010 at 4:59 am

    Thank you, that’s really not too bad. I hope they’ll be able to open up the service to more countries.

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