Muv-Luv, Muv-Luv Alternative Games Head West for PS Vita This Summer
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
PQube announced on Wednesday that it will release the Muv-Luv and Muv-Luv Alternative visual novels for PlayStation Vita in North America and Europe this summer. The English releases will be available in both physical and digital copies. PQube began streaming announcement trailers for both titles.
Muv-Luv contains the Muv-Luv Extra and Muv-Luv Unlimited storylines. Publisher Degica and developer Ixtl describe the stories of Muv-Luv and 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?
Muv-Luv Extra and Muv-Luv Unlimited launched for PC via Steam in English in July 2016, and Muv-Luv Alternative launched on Steam in September 2017. The games received PS Vita ports in Japan in January 2016. Publisher Degica and developer Ixtl held a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign in 2015 to fund the releases. The campaign met its initial goal of US$250,000 within eight hours, and ultimately raised US$1,255,444.
After creating Kimi ga Nozomu Eien (Rumbling Hearts), adult game brand Age released the first Muv-Luv title in 2003, followed by Muv-Luv Alternative in 2006. The Muv-Luv franchise has since sold more than 500,000 games, as well as more than 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, also inspired an anime. Age's Kimi ga Nozomu Eien inspired a television anime that Funimation released under the title Rumbling Hearts.
Game developer Age launched a survey in September that noted that, under the recent acquisition of Age's Ixtl rights management company by media company Avex Pictures, Age "intend[s] to pursue anime and game adaptations of [its] core business content while simultaneously engaging in active overseas development."