With only a little over a month until the release of last chapter of Umineko no Naku Koro ni I have to say I am giddy with anticipation to see the answers to the questions we have had since 2007. But recently 07th Expansion has released a slew of announcements that are equally exciting. They are obviously striking while the iron is hot and cashing in on the finale of the game but that is fine by me.
They started off the announcement blitz with the fact that Alchemist was porting the game over to the PS3. This means updated graphics and CG and voice acting with the cast from the anime while at the same time keeping all the original story and music. In other words exactly what you would want them to change while keeping everything you loved about the original. The previews only make me salivate more. There is a group trying to get the PS3 version localized. I am not sure how effective they will be but I figured I would mention them here because I would love to see them succeed.
That being said if you want to play the original games with a translation today you can download the first four games by an authorized online download service and get the translation from the Witch Hunt. As the Witch Hunt translation is officially sanctioned it can be used guilt free as long as you use a legitimate copy of the original Japanese game.
The biggest announcements came just this weekend with the title of last game is Twilight of the Golden Witch. But 07th Expansion also announced the along with the 8th game they would be selling Umineko no Naku Koro ni Tsubasa which is a collection of all independently released Umineko side stories in one bundle. Those will be very nice to get all in one place and we might finally get a translation of Arigato For 556.
The biggest surprise had to be the announcement of the Umineko fighting game Ougon Musou Kyoku. It looks like a fairly nifty little 2D fighting game with tag team play from the previews. I am always amazed how much information about game play fighting game fans get from a few screen shots but such is fighting game fandom. Hopefully this will play well so this can turn in a Melty Blood style series. Goodness knows there are enough Umineko characters to fill up several sequels without breaking a sweat. The real question is are you secure enough in your sexuality to main the bisexually ambiguous Ronove?
I guess the main purpose of the post is to shake out some of the excessive energy I have in anticipation of the finale of the series. In many ways the final denouement is what makes or breaks most mystery series so I am curious to see how it all get wrapped up. No matter how good or bad the ending is I have enjoyed the ride to this point and look forward to whatever in next in the When They Cry series. This conclusion mostly determines if this series get a mild recommendation or thunderous applause.