Muv-Luv Visual Novel Localization Kickstarter Reaches Goal
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Publisher Degica and developer Ixtl's Kickstarter campaign to localize the Muv-Luv visual novel and the Muv-Luv Alternative sequel in English met its US$250,000 goal last Friday. In addition, the campaign funded its first stretch goal on Sunday, which will include new CGs, additional background music, minor voice acting improvements of some scenes with English voices, and special unlockable content in the game.
The two companies plan to offer the PC version of the games through Steam and other services. Muv-Luv is slated for March 2016, and Muv-Luv Alternative is slated for summer 2016.
Other stretch goals for the project include an Android and PlayStation Vita release at US$500,000 and an English PC port of the "Photon Melodies" and "Photon Flowers" side stories collection at US$750,000.
As of press time the project has earned US$426,193.
The two companies describe the two story arcs of Muv-Luv and the story arc of Muv-Luv Alternative:
Shirogane Takeru was living a peaceful life as a 3rd year high school student, with his childhood friend Kagami Sumika. However, one morning Takeru awakens to see a mysterious girl named Mitsurugi Meiya sleeping in his bed. Thus begins the start of a high school love comedy where Takeru will have to choose between his childhood friend and the girl insisting they are bonded by fate.
Shirogane Takeru finds himself stuck in a parallel world where mankind is on the brink of destruction after battling against alien invaders known as BETA for the last 20 years. Takeru soon finds himself enrolled into the United Nation force to fight these aliens and finds the parallel versions of all of his high school friends, with the exception of Kagami Sumika, who does not seem to exist. Soon he will have to fight to save mankind, and protect the girl he comes to love over the course of the story.
Three years after witnessing the tragic exodus of mankind, Takeru wakes up believing that everything that had happened was just a dream. The brief hope that he has at last come back to his world is dashed away as soon as he discovers that he is once more trapped in the parallel world of Unlimited. Restarting on that fateful day he first came here, will Takeru manage to use his knowledge of previous events to change mankind's tragic future?
The adult game brand Age released the first Muv-Luv title in 2003 after creating Kimi ga Nozomu Eien (Rumbling Hearts). The Muv-Luv franchise has since sold over 500,000 games, as well as over 3 million figures, models, and other hobby releases.
Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse, a light novel spinoff of the franchise, inspired a manga and a television anime of the same name. Its prequel, Schwarzesmarken, is also inspiring an upcoming anime. The Age brand's Kimi ga Nozomu Eien also inspired a television anime that Funimation released under the title Rumbling Hearts.