Y’all more otome news!! Aksys Games confirmed that they are releasing not one, three new otome game localizations for the Nintendo Switch in 2021!! As if we needed another reason for 2021 to hurry up and get here…Olympia Soiree, Dairoku: Ayakashimori, and Variable Barricade are all making their way to the west next year!
I am super excited, especially for Variable Barricade—which if you’ll remember from Twitter was on my otome localization wishlist~
Because I know you guys are just as excited as I am, here is a brief overview of the three upcoming releases:
Initial Release: April 16, 2020 (Japan) – Nintendo Switch
With her entire clan wiped out years ago, Olympia has been isolated for most of her life. Now she lives as the only person on Tenguu Island who can perform the ritual that restores light to a world shrouded in darkness. The heads of each Primary district—Red, Blue, and Yellow—lead a society governed by the island’s rigid class structure. As Olympia travels between the districts, she discovers their wonders and their weaknesses, as well as an entire underground community of shunned individuals whom she becomes determined to help. If she can find the person destined to be her soulmate, she will finally be able to open her heart and reveal her true name, continue her bloodline, and save the world before it is destroyed.
One of the last of her clan, Olympia seeks to perform a ritual to return light to a darkened world. Struggling within this society’s strict class system, she must find a partner to help her bring unity to the land.
English Language Release Date: September 9, 2021
Dairoku: Agents of Sakuratani
Initial Release: May 28, 2020 (Japan) – Nintendo Switch
Supernatural | Fantasy
Ever since she could remember, Akitsu Shino has had the ability to see what others could not: spirits, apparitions, and indescribable creatures. As an adult, this talent leads her to join a secret government agency: The Occult Action Department. Her assignment is with the Sixth Special Preventions Office, and her job is to monitor the powerful beings who travel between her world and the worlds beyond. From her office in Sakuratani, a town in a different dimension, Agent Shino meets several otherworldly individuals with vastly different personalities and abilities: a nine-tailed fox spirit, a mischievous oni, and more. Part gatekeeper, part travel guide, she does her best to get to know these entities and keep them from getting into inter-dimensional trouble.
Shino’s ability to perceive ghosts lands her a job with the secret government agency tasked with overseeing the supernatural yokai. But even she is not prepared for an assignment to a wonderous, hidden world where she must unify and watch over the yokai.
English Language Release Date: December 2, 2021
Initial Release: April 4, 2019 (Japan) – PS Vita | June 18, 2020 (Japan) – Nintendo Switch
Comedy | Romance
A member of a prestigious family and heiress to a fortune, Hibari learns that her eccentric grandfather is determined to find her a husband. He arranges to house her in a luxurious villa along with four handsome, hand-picked bachelors and her private butler. As her suitors try to win her hand by any means necessary, Hibari endures endless everyday trials and temptations. Has grandfather chosen poorly, or is there more to these fellows than meets the eye? Through all of this, Hibari has two important goals: frighten off each of these marriage candidates, and absolutely refuse to fall in love.
Hibari’s wealthy grandfather is determined to find her a husband… and she’s just as determined not to accept! Will being forced to live in a luxurious villa with the hand-picked suitors result in an engagement?
English Language Release Date: February 2022
Are you as excited about these new releases as I am? Which games are you looking forward to playing the most?
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4 thoughts on “Olympia Soiree, Dairoku: Ayakashimori, and Variable Barricade coming to the West in 2021”
Great to see more otome getting licensed. But man, I wish Idea Factory NA would either license the Hakuoki Switch games or let Aksys do it — I want those fandiscs! Also hoping for Yunohana Spring and Clock Zero in the next Aksys license round.
so they will release on the nintendo shop digitally?
Most likely they’ll be released digitally through the eshop and physically.