HARD COPIES THAT IS! Click below for more info and answers to some questions.
You asked for it, we sent out our call, and now together with Hendane, we are bringing you Hard Copies! In following with the Season of Da Capo, our first hard copy release will be a Limited Edition of Da Capo, complete with the original soundtrack and a 24-page art-book! Enjoy some of these pretty pictures before we move onto the questions:
1. Will Da Capo be the only game to receive a hard copy or will other games move to hard copy as well?
Hopefully, Da Capo will not be the only one. Assuming response continues to be as good as it has been, then this will merely be the beginning of a new production line for hard copies.
2. How will this new production line affect your current localization schedule?
It won’t. Our localization schedule will remain the same, and our games will be released on our website for download prior to any hard-copy release. In fact, if hard copies do well enough, that will open up the path for us to commence work on many of the other titles you all have been asking for.
3. If the line continues, will other games see Limited Edition releases? Will all hard-copy releases get one? What will you do if the Limited Edition sells out?
Yes, there will be more games which see a limited edition release should the production line of hard copies continue, but no, not all of our games will see one. As for which games are more likely to see a Limited Edition release, the answer is partly determined by whether or not the Japanese release had one. Games like Shuffle! and ef which previously had limited edition releases in Japan are more likely to see a limited edition release in English than titles such as Cosplay Alien or Guilty ~ The SiN~ which did not.
If the Limited Edition of a game sells out, that will be it for the Limited Edition. We will NOT be reprinting Limited Editions, so make sure to get your copy early or you may never be able to get a hold of the Limited Edition extras. However, if it does sell out we will likely do a run of Regular Edition hard-copies for the game. The Regular Edition would be a hard copy of the game alone, and would not include any of the extras. (The Regular Edition would be offered at a lower price than the Limited Edition).
4. Wait, if you’re not reprinting the Limited Editions, then how limited are we talking about?
To quote a certain otaku from Genshiken: “Buy now, take it out of your living expenses later.”
5. If they’re that limited, will you at least be taking pre-orders?!
Yes, Hendane will be accepting pre-orders for the Limited Editions on their website. We will also announce when the pre-orders are open so you can be sure to reserve your copy early.
6. Hold on, you just mentioned Shuffle! Will Shuffle be getting one too?
Possibly. We have discussed the prospect with Navel, but currently there are no plans at this point in time. We suspect Navel wants to judge how well this initial run of Limited Editions plays out before committing the materials needed to do a similar Limited Edition run for Shuffle! In short, if you want to see one, then show that you support Limited Edition print runs.
7. Doesn’t Hendane operate primarily in North America? What about customers in Europe?
Yes, Hendane operates primarily in North America, and will be distributing primarily to North American vendors. Hendane does also offer shipping to select countries in Europe as well as Australia through their website, the details of which are under their shipping policies page. However, we at MangaGamer are setting aside a few hundred additional copies specifically for sale in Europe and are already investigating ways to distribute them to fans in Europe. When we have more details about how the copies will be made available to customers in Europe, we will let you know again.
8. Will all of the games offered on your catalog receive a hard copy? Will Koihime Musou?
No, not every game will receive a hard copy edition. We will be working together closely with Hendane to determine which titles receive a hard-copy, and we’re making sure to be careful that we release titles both parties can agree on. There are no plans for a hard-copy release of Koihime Musou at this point in time as Hendane currently lacks interest due to the content and the voice issue. Perhaps if they see enough demand for it from customers at this year’s round of conventions they may change their mind?