Bring visual novel Anonymous;Code to the West in English

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Recently, it was announced that the visual novel Anonymous;Code will be releasing on Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, and Playstation Vita consoles in Japan in 2017. The signers of this petition are requesting that 5pb., Mages, and Chiyomaru Studio consider localizing Anonymous;Code for the English-speaking audience to enjoy.

Here is a trailer for the game.

In the past, fans have been able to enjoy other titles from the SciADV and Science Visual Novel series in English. These titles include, but are not limited to: 

  • Steins;Gate: anime and visual novel
  • Steins;Gate 0: visual novel
  • Occultic;Nine: anime and light novel
  • Chaos;Child: anime and (soon to be released in English) visual novel

Many of the SciADV and Science Visual Novel titles have been met with high praise, not only within Japan but in English-speaking countries as well. 

How would this affect Nintendo Switch owners?

A localization of Anonymous;Code for the West would be the opportunity for many Nintendo Switch owners to be introduced to the Semicolon series, as well as the visual novel genre as a whole. Because of the lack of visual novel titles for the Nintendo Switch in non-Japan countries, Anonymous;Code could become the first entrypoint for new fans of the visual novel genre. For existing fans of visual novels and/or the Semicolon series, Anonymous;Code could prove to be the gateway to many more visual novel releases on the Switch.

How would this affect Playstation 4 / Playstation Vita owners?

Similarily to new fans on the Switch, Anonymous;Code could be the entrypoint for new fans to experience the Semicolon series. For existing fans, Anonymous;Code could join Steins;Gate and Chaos;Child as highly praised Semicolon titles for Playstation systems.

What is Anonymous;Code?

Summary from the Visual Novel Database:

The game takes place in 2037.

The story starts on February 6, 2036, when an accident involving computers going berserk destroys many large cities around the world. The massive disaster is named the "2036 Problem", but there's a prediction that there will be a similar incident in 2038. So a group of scientists use the Gaia Supercomputer to create an "Earth Simulator" to prevent it from happening, but fail because human birth potential has dropped dramatically.

The scientists then introduce the "Arecibo Message" formula to the Earth Simulator, successfully bringing mankind into another world. They are excited at first, until they realize that human beings in the Earth Simulator themselves created another Earth Simulator. The scientists begin to suspect that they are actually only the product of an Earth Simulator from creatures whose position is above them.

The story centers around Takaoka Pollon, a hacker who has the ability to "Save and Load" like in a video game. Using his Hacking Trigger System, he can intervene with the world line around him.

What is SciADV? Science Visual Novel?

SciADV and Science Visual Novel are two series developed by Chiyomaru Studio and published by 5pb. These titles typically revolve around SciFi environments and elements such as time travel or robotics. The genres of these titles can range from horror to action-adventure to mystery. Many of these titles have their own anime adaptations. The main titles within SciADV are:

  • Steins;Gate
  • Steins;Gate 0
  • Chaos;Head
  • Chaos;Child
  • Robotics;Notes

The main titles within Science Visual Novel are:

  • Occultic;Nine
  • Anonymous;Code

What kind of game is a "visual novel"?

As the name implies, visual novels typically consist of mostly reading. However, visual novels are not mere books; visual representation of the characters involved in a scene, of the background of the scene, and of the emotions of the characters have a major role in visual novels. Other key points include: music to accompany the tone of the scene, voiced speech of the characters, animated transitions, and multiple story routes with different endings.

For an example of visual novel gameplay, watch this video.