You're in for some sad news today, H-gamers. A post on the MangaGamer staff blog reported that due to licensing concerns on part of the Japanese publisher (Nexton), the English release of Koihime Musou would not contain voice acting.
The explanation was, basically, that Nexton took a look at MangaGamer's sales figures, and decided that it wouldn't be cost-effective to underwrite licensing all the high-profile voice acting found in Koihime Musou. With such personalities as Norio Wakamoto appearing in the game, you might have an idea of the high costs associated with the effort.
But! There's still hope! If the sales of Koihime Musou are high enough, MangaGamer has promised to release a patch to add them back in. They're also lowering the price of the game to make up for the reduced features. So, assuming you do decide to buy the game anyway, and they add the voices back in, you've essentially bought it at a discount!
It's oftentimes that despair and truth come hand-in-hand, and this is one such case. The eroge/visual novel market is just that small (for many reasons), and it's going to take sales to bring in the more complex, "higher-end" titles we all clamor for. Just when that will actually happen is up to us and our willingness to support the cause.
The full text of the post is below. I highly recommend reading it before responding.
What do you think? Have you been considering picking the game up?
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