Many have rang the death bells of the Playstation Vita for moons and moons, but the fact remains that this little portable that could has seen much more life out of its core, passionate audience than anyone expected. Now, even after production of the actual units have ceased worldwide, visual novel “Shinigami to Shoujo” has just been announced to be in porting development for the system. This happened via a tweet by developers Takuyo:
— 死神と少女広報局 (@sinigami_k) April 8, 2019
If you can’t read japanese, the gist of it is that this otome game, released originally for the PSP in 2011, will come to Vita with new content, and remastered assets. It all looks very good for fans of the genre, which are aplenty. The bad news? There’s no word on a western localization for this game as of yet. But worry not: there’s a good precedent of Visual Novels making it to the West, and niche markets like otome games are a surefire investment for publishers and developers.
I’d wager my tuppence that “Shinigami to Shoujo” will come to the West, too, in one form or another.
Here’s the original trailer for the PSP release:
If you’re interested in otome games, I’ve reviewed games in the Hakuoki series. I was particularly fond of “Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms”. You can find my review here: https://www.vitaplayer.co.uk/game-review-hakuoki-edo-blossoms/
Here’s an excerpt of that review:
At the end of the day, however, this game is aimed directly at its core audience: not everyone will enjoy an Otome game to begin with, let alone a visual novel. But those that do will find in Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms a truly remarkable story, with memorable characters and a fantastic, in-depth depiction of a very interesting period in Japanese history, complete with commentaries on the social roles of women, the power struggle between socio-economic classes… and yeah, some love affairs. So, if that sounds like your kind of thing, I cannot recommend the game enough. I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would, and kept coming back for more, not out of necessity for the sake of this review, but out of intrigue as to what would happen next.
Keep your TV tuned to Vita Player (or computer or smart device, I should say) for more Vita news.