Umineko: When They Cry Game's English Dub Kickstarter Delayed

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Linda Young voices Chiyo Kumasawa

Catbox Creative announced on Twitter on Wednesday that its Kickstarter campaign for an English dub for 07th Expansion's Umineko - When They Cry (Umineko no Naku Koro ni) visual novel has been "slightly" delayed "due to a health emergency affecting an essential member of [the campaign's] launch team." The company plans to launch the project as soon as the affected team member is "out of the woods."

In light of the new delay, the company revealed that Linda Young will play Chiyo Kumasawa. Catbox Creative also revealed that one of the exclusive items for backers will be a deck of playing cards.

Catbox Creative will run the campaign in cooperation with Sound Cadence Studios, 07th Expansion, Witch Hunt Translation Group, and MangaGamer. The campaign was originally slated to launch on November 7. However, "due to the overwhelmingly positive response" from fans, the companies decided to delay the campaign to November 14 in order to add more content.

The campaign has an official website that is streaming a 19-minute announcement video that previews the dub, as well as a new English version of the original opening song "Katayoku no Tori" by AmaLee titled "One-Winged Bird."

The project will fund a "Gold Edition" of the game, which will add full voice acting for the game, as well as updated art based on Rondo of the Witch and Reasoning and Nocturne of Truth and Illusions, the game's PlayStation 3 versions. The campaign will add new content from Ryukishi07. A fully voiced audiobook version of the game titled Voices of Rokkenjima will also be released for free as a podcast series on iTunes. If funded, those who already own the game's Steam version on PC will have access to the Gold Edition content as a free update.

The campaign will have merchandise rewards for different pledge tiers.

Umineko no Naku Koro ni, which debuted at Comiket in 2007, inspired a television anime and manga. In the story, 18 people set foot on the remote island of Rokkenjima in October of 1986, when a spate of murders takes place.

MangaGamer released the Umineko - When They Cry -Question Arcs- visual novel on Steam in July 2016, and released the Umineko - When They Cry -Answer Arcs- on Steam in November 2017. The company released the Golden Fantasia fighting game spinoff in December.

07th Expansion will release Umineko All in One Package (first announced as Umineko no Naku Koro ni Saku), a compilation disc of all previous Umineko games plus a new scenario. The game will release in summer 2019. 07th Expansion has not announced the platforms for the game.

Source: Catbox Creative's Twitter account via Siliconera

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