Budding fans of the Vita’s upcoming real-time fairy dating game Ciel nosurge have been aghast to learn that the game is episodic and will take over a year to finish and cost 2-3 times the price of a normal title.
According to calculations made by a concerned “game shop employee,” the game may be the most expensive yet for the Vita:
It’s actually quite a bit different to how most games are sold.
The game has 13 “episodes” and a further 3 extra episodes, only the first of which is included with the game itself.
Each episode is going to be released monthly, and they will cost ¥500 each.
So to finish it will cost ¥5040 + (15 x ¥500) = ¥13,040 [about $170]
I’m a bit concerned about how many people will be able to keep playing a game like this for over a year without losing interest along the way…
Never has so much enthusiasm evaporated so quickly:
“So this is the Vita’s killer app!”
“Who’ll be playing this in a year!”
“After a year they will just be releasing the complete edition, count on it.”
“So they are selling an incomplete game and charging as you go.”
“Won’t people finish each episode in a few days?”
“It’s a real time game so there’s only so much you can do over a given period.”
“The retailers will really suffer if they keep playing this stuff for a year.”
“This is like Bandai…”
“It would be better at 1,000 each episode and the main game free.”
“Nobody even knows what kind of game it is.”
“It’s just a normal galge ADV.”
“The Vita itself might not be around in a year!”
“I’ll still give it a try!”
“Expect there to be tons of DLC too.”
“This is shocking, if true. I’ll cancel my order unless it really has the volume going for it.”
“If the DLC is scenario rather than just costumes it could work out well.”
“I’d spend that much on an limited edition set, but I’m concerned about losing interest in the instalments.”
“Gust DLC is normally pretty nice, although this looks like it might be different. I hope they get the balance between moe and serious story right.”
“Half of the games on the Vita have DLC which costs more in total than the game.”
“It doesn’t sound like you’ll get the whole experience without playing in realtime either, so you end up having to follow it on the boards and play it like an MMO…”
“I’m just wondering if there is sufficient volume in the initial package?”
“She dresses loose from the start, imagine what she’ll be wearing in 16 episodes guys!”