Originally Posted by Malice_Mizer
To be honest, I'm totally shocked that Aksys actually got away with this. SCEA has had that Anti-VN policy for what I understand to be over a decade and somehow they pulled this out of nowhere, it must have been an incredibly tough sell to SCEA's game approval committee. I'm just kind of disappointed that out of all the Visual Novels available for PSP (and PS3) they went with this one. There's VNs out there which come from more popular properties or could appeal to a wider audience, like Umineko no Naku Koro Ni, 428, and Steins;Gate. I'd be all over a Steins;Gate localization, but instead they're chancing what appears to be a girl-oriented dating simulation? (Someone correct me if Hakuoki is something other than that, that's just what I got from cursory Googling)
I think SCEA's just gotten lax on its approval process with what's basically the death of the PSP in the West. Almost no one's really bothering with it anymore and is gearing up for Vita, so I suppose they're accepting anything now to maintain a skeleton crew of software released on it. I guess this is the Visual Novel's chance to prove it can be a viable genre in the West? The phrase "When a door is closed, a window is opened" comes to mind.
Personally, I'm far more excited to see what XSEED's as of yet unannounced localization of a "PSP horror adventure game" turns out to be. It's been rumored that its either Corpse Party 2 or Dangan-Ronpa, which would be some very good picks. I'd be there Day 1 for Dangan-Ronpa if it dropped Stateside.
Hakuoki is an otome game(maiden game). Basically it's pretty much the opposite of most dating sims since it's all guy characters to choose from, and you play as a girl instead of the usual having a guy main character with a bunch of girls. So yeah you could say it's like a dating sim that's more for girls to enjoy since most of the guys they use in otome games are ridiculously pretty boys.
Idea Factory is even working with Gust to create an Atelier otome game. (system it will be on is unknown)
If XSEED is doing Corpse Party, it's going to be the Blood Covered... Repeated Fear PSP game(which by the way is an awesome game).
I've only played 1 otome game, and that's Princess Debut on Nintendo DS that Natsume localized. Otome games to me are like I wouldn't import them, but if they get localized, I would buy it.