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Norn9: Var Commons Romance Visual Novel Heads West

posted on by Karen Ressler
PS Vita game slated for fall; physical release coming to N. America

Aksys Games announced on Tuesday that it will release the romance visual novel Norn9: Var Commons in Europe and North America this fall. The PlayStation Vita game will be available in both regions digitally, and a physical release will also ship in North America.

Otomate and Idea Factory released the game Norn9: Norn + Nonette for PSP on May 30, 2013 in Japan. Norn9: Var Commons is the PlayStation Vita port, and it shipped in Japan on December 11.

An anime adaptation of the original game was announced last March.

Aksys Games describes the story:

While on a school field trip, child prodigy Sorata Suzuhara wanders off after hearing a mysterious song and blacks out. When he comes to, he finds himself in unfamiliar place, and soon encounters a girl who informs him that he's currently in turn of the century Japan! In order to help him get home, Sorata follows her to a ship that she's waiting for but when it appears it is not a wooden sailing ship, but a round aircraft that flies using technology that is beyond Sorata's imagination. Even stranger, he discovers that the other 12 passengers - 3 young women and 9 men - are all supposedly espers with special powers, and are on some kind of journey at the behest of a multinational entity only known as The World. What is the purpose of their journey? What is their destination? Who is The World? Before Sorata can even begin to take stock of his situation, the ship is attacked, and the mystery surrounding the ship only deepens. Delve into the story of the ship and its occupants through the point of views of each of the three girls, and unravel the mysteries trapped within.

Teita illustrated the original game's art, and Minoru Akiba (Trigun: Badlands Rumble, School Rumble, Pokémon franchise) handled the background art. Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy franchise, Blue Dragon, Ah! My Goddess: The Movie, Guin Saga) scored the game's theme music, while Kevin Penkin composed the background music.

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