Even though I’m more than aware of who Nippon Ichi Software is (they are the developers behind awesome series such as “Disgaea“, “Criminal Girls” and “Danganronpa”), I still had no idea about the existence of their visual novel game “Tsuihou Senkyo” (aka “Exile Election”). However, all of that came to change when I was informed that fans of games like “Zero Escape” and “Danganronpa” (or just visual novel games in general) would like to bring “Tsuihou Senkyo” to the West (the game was originally released for the Japanese market back in April for PS4 and PS Vita).
So, how do they intend to achieve that goal? Well, a person named Master of Alchemy has started a petition called “Localize Exile Election!” via gopetition.com (the petition has over 250 signatures at the moment). So the goal would be to get enough signatures to get either NISAmerica, PQube, Aksys Games, Rising Star Games or ATLUS USA to localize “Tsuihou Senkyo” in the West (I guess that something like that would require at least 10,000 signatures?). Anyways, this is Master of Alchemy’s statement about the said petition:
“Hello everyone! Tsuihou Senkyo[Exile Election] is a Japanese game developed by NIS(Nippon Ichi Software). It is categorized as a Death Adventure Game with the style of a Visual Novel but with noticeable gameplay elements for the PS4 and PS VITA. The story follows a group of 12 participants forced to play a “death game” by a murderous mechanical doll going by the name Alice. The story takes place in an abandoned amusement park which is a shelter is an apocalyptic world invaded by monsters. Every week, one of the characters is nominated for exile to go to the outside world and face its hardships. As you may probably tell, this game is heavily inspired by the Danganronpa series and the Zero Escape series, both of which sold very well in the NA/EU region. The game raises many questions in the players’ heads. Why is Alice doing this? What is the purpose of this game? Why us 12? etc…
Now, unlike many recent games, you take on the role of an “anti-hero”, a protagonist whom bares a grudge against the remaining players for allowing the exile of his little sister. The protagonist is named Ichijou Kaname, a young man who possess the ability to see sound in the form of colour, and he sees falsehoods in the colour red.
I am starting this petition in hopes of raising awareness to the fact that a good group of people want this game localized in the US/EU regions, and I wish to garner as much support as possible from you all. Should the project garner a significant amount of signatures, I will immediately inform the target. Thank you very much for taking the time to read!
I will be asking you all to sign this petition on the following basis: “Localizing Exile Election from Japan to the NA/EU with no scenes cut.”
The main targets are NISAmerica and NISAmerica in Europe, the NIS(game developer) branches in NA/EU, PQube, and Aksys Games.” – Master of Alchemy
Well, it’s a nice goal for sure, but I don’t know how good or bad the odds are for making something like this happen. So I wish Master of Alchemy and everyone else that has signed his (or her) petition the best of luck =) (I have sent a message to Master of Alchemy that the petition is in much need of a grammar and spelling cleanup). Especially since Famitsu gave “Tsuihou Senkyo” a 31/40 score! And for those who have no idea what the story of “Tsuihou Senkyo” is all about, here’s a short summary for you:
“The game takes places in an abandoned amusement park. The game’s characters are trapped within the park, with the outside world being in a post-apocalyptic wasteland infested with murderous monsters. Within the park, the game’s thirteen main characters are held captive by a mysterious mechanical doll named “Alice”, who holds the “death games”, which basically force the characters against each other for survival – the losers being exiled back out into the world. Alice refuses to stop the games until only two characters are alive and present. The game’s protagonist is Kaname Ichijou, a young man who has the ability to see sound as colors, and sees spoken falsehoods in the color of red. He also harbors a grudge against most of the rest of the characters of the game for allowing the exile of his little sister” – Wikipedia
So there you have it folks, and with that said. What’s your take on this matter? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section down below!
Robin “V-Act” Ek
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