Higurashi When They Cry, the Visual Novel, has been submitted to Steam Greenlight. Let’s start by defining things. Steam is a video game platform for PC and Mac used by well over 10 million people around the world. It allows you to purchase and download games to your computer, as well as providing a community for gamers to interact with each other. It is very popular and is helping many independent game developers in particular get their ideas out there in the public space. Steam Greenlight is a new service provided by Steam that allows it’s users to vote and decide which games will be released on their platform. No longer will Steam themselves be the only ones to decide which games they release, now the people will decide which games should be sold.
Higurashi When The Cry, otherwise known as Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, is a Visual Novel by 07th Expansion. The game features little to no interactivity, instead just presenting the player with a very linear story. Many comment that the art is very subpar, and that it doesn’t look very appealing. Higurashi’s appeal lies in it’s story, a huge mind puzzle that will leave you scratching your head until the final moments. The story was popular enough that it even received a full Anime adaptation. The game is currently being distributed overseas by Mangagamer, and they now seek to bring it to people’s attention through Steam.
Let me begin by saying that this, together with Umineko When They Cry, are stories which need to be read. They have a certain style of writing that is incomparable to most of what you read in the west. Ryukishi, the writer, is something special, and you really need to read these stories to hope to understand the mastery of his craft. For this reason, I encourage everyone to get behind this project and see it accepted into Steam’s online store. But not only that – there are many amazing Visual Novel games that go unnoticed by everyone outside of Japan. If this is accepted and sees enough popularity, it might mark a revolution on the people’s perspective on Visual Novels in the west. We might start seeing all sorts of amazing Visual Novels receiving official English localizations. I really think that this is the single moment all fans of Visual Novels have been waiting for, to introduce the world to the genre they love. To all fans of Higurashi and Ryukishi’s other works, please vote up. To all fans of Visual Novels in general and the broader Japanese pop culture, please vote up. And to all people interested in an amazing read of the likes you won’t find anywhere else, please vote up.
This is something which needs to happen. Everybody, let’s work together and make Higurashi on Steam a reality!