Higurashi When They Cry was finally Greenlit on Steam on the 18th following a nearly year-long effort and campaign for a mainstream electronic release by MangaGamer.
After being Greenlit as part of a batch of games, MangaGamer is now looking to update the original for its Steam release. “We’ve been aware that the original translation for Higurashi was not the best it could’ve been,” Kouryuu told the VNTLS in an interview. “The potential sales a Steam release means has given us an opportunity to consider updating the translation. We’re currently looking at our schedule to see if such a vast revision is feasible, but it is something we would strongly like to do before this new release.”
The Steam release has prompted MangaGamer to consider giving its release to a new set of hands. “Assuming the revision does get the green light, there will be entirely new staff working on the revision project.”
When asked about MangaGamer’s other games on Greenlight like Go Go Nippon, Kouryuu stated, “we’ve only recently begun speaking with those working at Steam to organize what needs to be done for Higurashi’s launch on their platform, so it’s hard to say what the future holds.”
MangaGamer is approaching the release of Higurashi with cautious optimism. When asked about Steam being a viable option for translated visual novels, Kouryuu wrote, “I think this marks the very first step in that direction, but there’s still a long way to go before it can reliably be considered a viable option.”
Nonetheless, MangaGamer seems enthusiastic.
“We can’t wait to get this title out on Steam and show even more people the MangaGamer brand.”