More Union Shift Please!

More Union Shift Please!

So, it’s not a secret that I love Visual Novels. I’ve been playing them on and off for probably close to a decade at this point. Hell, I’ve even done some QA work for a publisher here in the states. In my time playing Visual Novels, I’ve come across a few developers that I really like, one of those being Union Shift. I haven’t had the ability to really play any of their titles though since there haven’t been any official translations. I first came across Union Shift when I found a fan-translated demo for the game Flyable Heart. I fell in love with the artwork and the setting but never got the chance to actually play through the full game. Since then I’ve been keeping an eye on the big publishers for the US waiting for the day that Union Shift titles would finally start getting official translations. Apparently not a very close eye though because I only recently found out that Sekai Project has already translated a couple of games from them.

Recently I was browsing the VNDB site looking through the works of Noizi Ito, one of the people responsible for bringing us the designs of Shana and Haruhi. While I was looking through the website I noticed that a title they had worked on was getting translated, this sent me over the moon. I’m a huge fan of their work and when I noticed that it was also a Union Shift title I was sent even higher. I started to dig around and found out that Sekai Project was the publisher working on the localization for the US and started looking back through their catalog. I saw that it was actually a series of three games, titled A Clockwork Ley-Line, not a series of games I’m familiar with though. Since I know who has worked on them though I started to get really hyped. I haven’t bought the first two games in the series yet but will definitely be picking them up soon and possibly reviewing them.

Now, one of the biggest reasons I’m super excited for the latest release in that series of games is the fact that Noizi Ito worked as an artist on it. I’ve been a huge fan of their work for years now, I even went out of my way to get a figure that was autographed by them when I saw it pop up on the second-hand market. Speaking of that figure I have a little goal of one day having the latest Haruhi figure that launches later this year autographed by them, as well as having Aya Hirano autograph it. Back to the game though, the other reason I’m really excited is just that it’s a Union Shift title being localized. I’ve been screaming not so subtly at other publishers in the states to try and get localization rights to their games for years now. This gives me hope that one day, the Flyable Heart games will be localized for the US market. I really hope that since Sekai Project has been working with Union Shift for a little while now, Union Shift will open up its catalog a bit more for the US market. There are some other titles in there that I would love to be able to play that also have some work from Noizi Ito in them.

In closing, I’m super pumped for more Union Shift titles to be localized. I’ve been waiting for a long time to finally see some of them hit the US market. If Flyable Heart is ever localized for the US I’ll probably lose my mind. It will be a day one purchase for me, and while I know it’ll never live up to the expectations I’ve set for it, I’ll still enjoy it. Considering my taste in most things like Anime though, I’m a coinsure of trash so it wouldn’t surprise me if I thought it was amazing. With my ramblings mostly finished I’ll leave you all with a question, What is a game that you would love to see localized for your region that you think may not ever happen?

Thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!

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