Survey Time! Take our Visual Novel / Zero Escape Series Survey!

Aksys Games is currently running a survey about the visual novel genre and Zero Escape (Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors and Virtue’s Last Reward) series!  As one of the leading publishers of the visual novel genre in North America, we want to hear from all walks of life about what they think about visual novels and about the Zero Escape series.  Please click the “Click Here to Take the Survey” and answer away!

The survey will run until November 27, 2013 at 5:30pm (PST).

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY


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  1. wrote on November 7th, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    goldenwitch

    I took the survey. Unfortunately I didn’t feel like the questions really asked what needed to be asked. I did specify that for the genre to do better in America is needs more marketing. People need to be sold on the idea of Visual Novels. But they also need bigger titles being marketed at them. Things with major franchises they have heard of.

    Basically, otome games on PSP and puzzle visual novels like Zero Escape are both very nice, but we need stuff like Fate/stay night on PS Vita and Umineko on PS3. Or modern day console ports of the visual novels from companies like KEY. Big name visual novels that pack the punch needed to get the genre noticed.

  2. wrote on November 7th, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Daverost

    I totally agree that stuff like FSN and Umineko that help to maintain the popularity of the genre in Japan and are accessible to a wider audience are the kinds of things that need to be pushed for it to really take off. We do get the occasional big hitter on PC like Higurashi, but PC is such a No Man’s Land of game marketing that word won’t ever really get out there. As a company that does console and handheld releases, you’ve got the potential to market games to a much more concentrated and focused audience. Titles like FSN, especially, would be very strong. Those who follow Japanese games are almost always at least familiar with its name, if not the image of lead heroine Saber. That’s the kind of title that could work as a big pull to the genre.

    But hey, I don’t manage the marketing bucks. Just something to think about.

  3. wrote on November 8th, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Mythril

    The problem with visual novels is that “regular” gamers don’t like them because it’s a lot of reading and not much gameplay, while on the other hand people who likes reading may not be interested in visual novels because they think it’s “just some game” (inferior to books). Maybe.

    It really is a niche genre I guess… I haven no idea how big of a market these kind of games could get in western countries! Even though I kind of enjoy these kind of games I can’t really think of any of my gaming friends that I think would enjoy those kind of games (besides my brother).

  4. wrote on November 10th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    goldenwitch

    Yeah, Daverost, I really feel like some opportunities have been missed and the biggest titles have been completely ignored. Aksys brought out Fate/Extra, but have completely ignored the source of all of it. All people need to do is have them marketed at them in the right way. Only a very minor group of people are going to be interested in female-oriented romances. If people saw Fate/stay night on store shelves, though, and saw the action CGs of legendary heroes fighting each other, a way wider audience would be pulled in. Or imagine people logging into PSN and seeing Umineko advertised as a battle between mystery and fantasy where the reader struggles to discover what is real.

    There are several big titles like this that we’ve all been begging for that could be marketed to way more people than otome games or Zero Escape. The genre will never take off without some of those big names, though. It’s just too niche of a thing to work without the big guns.

  5. wrote on November 17th, 2013 at 9:13 am

    cloudlv99

    So, to summarize establish business relationships with 5pb, Key and Type-Moon and conquer the world. Really, I would be fine with just 5pb, which as a bonus gets you theoretical access to the KID library. You already have Kotaro. If you had Naotaka Hayashi, I think you just win. I would melt, you know.

  6. wrote on November 19th, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Cesca

    Aksys has the right idea with the handheld format for games with visual novel elements. They’re as close to a thematic experience that we’re going to get on the comfort of our couch or bed.

    At least that is the appeal for me.

  7. wrote on November 27th, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    taufirec

    To be honest, I think you are going the right path, handheld visual novels may be less well known usually, but that also probably makes it easier to license as opposed to big name visual novel, not to mention I’m a fan of otome games tee hee

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