One Of Japan's Biggest Visual Novels Is Coming To The West

Muv-Luv is one of the most popular visual novels in the history of the genre. It’s appeared on everything from PC to Xbox 360 over its 13-year history, but the thing is, it’s never been released outside of its native Japan.


A new Kickstarter is looking to change that, hoping to bring the first two titles in the series—Muv-Luv and Muv-Luv Alternative—to Steam with an English-language release.

In addition to localisation work, the team behind the project—”A mix of dedicated fan translators and professional translators from Japan [who] will work directly with the creators of Muv-Luv series”—are pledging to do stuff like update the games’ visuals (using assets from the PS3 versions of the games) and upgrade their UI and menus.

The campaign asked for $250,000. With two days gone, it’s already at the $450,000 mark; if it hits $500,000 the devs are promising a Vita release, which seems like the perfect platform.

With the money already raised, the plan is to have the first title on Steam around March 2016, with the second sometime around the Summer.


For anyone who’s played the series. Will the story or game play suffer if the adult content gets heavily censored/removed? Sounds like there’s some pretty violent/sexual elements that tightly sown into the plot.