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Hirameki gone

#1 Post by Vatina » Sat Jan 05, 2008 3:17 pm

http://www.hirameki-int.com/
Hirameki International Group, Inc. has decided to bow out of publishing
Interactive Visual Novels as of January 2, 2008.

We would like to thank you for all the support you have given us over the
years. We wish you all the best.

Best Regards,

Hirameki International Group, Inc.
Nooooo this is just too sad :cry: (even if it was kind of obvious by now....)
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#2 Post by monele » Sat Jan 05, 2008 3:26 pm

Ouch :/... I hadn't followed what happened to them so far, but it's indeed sad :|... They were the only ones distributing non-hentai stuff eh?

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#3 Post by Ren » Sat Jan 05, 2008 4:15 pm

Yes it was kind of obvious, still...I was hoping I'd be able to play the rest of the infinity series and 12 Riven someday;_;Now I'll really have to stop procrastinating and learn Japanese...

But I'm too stupid goddammit!Too stupid!
This brings back old memories of when I learnt English with Xenogears and FF7, FF wasn't too bad but Xenogears forced me to have the dictionary near me all the time.

Edit:The forumis still up though?

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#4 Post by MoonlightBomber » Sat Jan 05, 2008 5:53 pm

It's indeed sad...

But I believe that if one publisher exits, another will enter...
Korina Sanchez: Ex-sensei Mel, we've met again.
Mel Tiangco: I'm expecting this from my former student.
Korina Sanchez: I know all along the reason for your presence.
Mel Tiangco: Of course. Your hairbrush.
Korina Sanchez: Snatch it again? Well, you're mistaken. It's because my hairbrush's container is packed with security features. What's your say?
Mel Tiangco: If you can do security... (pause) then 120% of my strength will shatter it!

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#5 Post by Evila » Sat Jan 05, 2008 7:49 pm

That news really soured my mood this morning. Even if the chance was incredibly small, I was hoping they'd be back with another release. Although, now I'm more determined to get my game finished and out there, since it was Hirameki that got me into all of this in the first place.

Guess I better start learning Japanese now too... D:
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#6 Post by PyTom » Sat Jan 05, 2008 8:10 pm

Yeah, it's too bad. They brought us several very good visual novels, my favorites being Ever 17 and Hourglass of Summer. If anyone wants them, I'd suggest buying them sooner rather than later, before the sales stream dries up.
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#7 Post by Alessio » Tue Jan 08, 2008 4:03 pm

What a pity. That's quite a blow to the English-language VN scene... And I haven't even started playing E17 nor Exodus 1... should pre-play them to decide whether to still buy the rest of the series. ;_;

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#8 Post by Vatina » Tue Jan 08, 2008 4:54 pm

Hmm yeah, there were a couple of titles where I was still wondering whether I should buy them. Maybe i should try to get them soon, while I still can.

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#9 Post by Ignosco » Wed Jan 09, 2008 8:40 am

Terrible news :( - I hope they at least continue to reprint some of their games...
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#10 Post by DaFool » Thu Jan 10, 2008 2:20 pm

Maybe we should make a tribute splashscreen in our VNs that says something to the effect of 'RIP Hirameki-I did this because of you' but said much nicer of course. Imagine if all OELVNs have this and the VN scene takes off again in 2008/9!

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#11 Post by Adorya » Thu Jan 10, 2008 4:16 pm

DaFool wrote:Maybe we should make a tribute splashscreen in our VNs that says something to the effect of 'RIP Hirameki-I did this because of you' but said much nicer of course. Imagine if all OELVNs have this and the VN scene takes off again in 2008/9!
There is still J-list one the scenes, and with Evospace from Moonlite Chronicles and Shingo from HD working there, the company should be still solid for a some time.

Shit happen when you don't handle well marketing, and we have a perfect example here, no need to mourn on spilled milk so better keep working on our own work and hope another company will rise from ashes.

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#12 Post by akizakura » Thu Jan 10, 2008 11:33 pm

Noooooooooooo. *weeps bitter, "Bad End"-style tears* And I just finished Ever17! Pleeeease Hirameki, think of the infinity series!

Seriously though, this is disappointing, to say the least. I know marketting was a struggle for them (there was an article about their struggle to get their VNs in brick-and-mortar stores awhile back, if memory serves) and they struggled with quality/proofreading issues for awhile, but I still can't help but appreciate what they did by bringing over VNs.

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#13 Post by Lucifiel » Mon Feb 04, 2008 2:55 am

Hmmmm... if it was so hard to get the game into brick and mortar stores, why did they not consider selling the games on the internet?

A lot of indie game developers do that these days: pay a sum to get a direct download. If you want the original dvd/cd? Fine, pay a bit more + shipping to get the disc.

Or did Hirameki try that and it failed?

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#14 Post by PyTom » Mon Feb 04, 2008 3:20 am

They tried it with Piece of Wonder, but that wasn't a very good game.*

I think Hirameki's problems were as much with supply as demand. Ever17 came out in December 2005. After that was Animamundi and PoW. PoW wasn't very good, and Animamundi was shonen-ai.

Going for 2 years without a major release and 1 year without any release, and with no release annoucment, is a sign that a company will eventually go under.

* I strongly suspect PoW was released before it was ready. I mean, there was no sprite art for the monsters, and I think fighting colored cheese-wedges is sub-optimal.
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#15 Post by DaFool » Mon Feb 04, 2008 3:34 am

But I loved fighting the cheese-wedges! :D Granted, POW is not the best_ game_ ever, but it was highly entertaining and replayable, well worth my money. I couldn't have completed the game without a strategy guide, but I loved how you have to tweak your character's leveling up to better match the bosses that come later on.

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