About this project
Welcome to Muv-Luv. Read on for more info about this Visual Novel and our campaign to bring it to the West!
Penned by the successful author of Kimi ga Nozumu Eien (well-known as Rumbling Hearts or “Kiminozo”), Koki Yoshimune, the Muv-Luv series started as a high school romance Visual Novel game in 2003 but quickly evolved into an epic science fiction based saga featuring an alternate world, giant aliens, mecha robots, and a complex cast of characters.
Selling more than half a million units since release in Japan alone, The Muv-Luv series has successfully made the transition to anime and manga, even spawning the “Moe Military” trend which is still raging in Japan. With over 3 million individual figurines, robot hobby models, and anime/manga sold; Muv-Luv is a force to be reckoned with and has influenced a huge number of individuals all over the world including prominent artists and creators!
This Kickstarter will focus on the localization and PC/Steam release of the first two titles in the series: Muv-Luv and Muv-Luv Alternative.
The first game contains parts one and two of the trilogy: Muv-Luv【Extra】 and Muv-Luv【Unlimited】.
Shirogane Takeru was living a peaceful life as a 3rd year high school student with his childhood friend Kagami Sumika. However, one morning Takeru awakens to see a mysterious girl named Mitsurugi Meiya sleeping in his bed.
Thus begins the start of a high school love comedy where Takeru will have to choose between his childhood friend and the girl insisting they are bonded by fate.
Note: Despite the "Extra" in the title, this is the start of the trilogy. Read it first!
Shirogane Takeru finds himself stuck in a parallel world where mankind is on the brink of extinction after battling against alien invaders known as the BETA for the last 20 years.
Takeru soon finds himself enrolled into the United Nations 11th Force to fight these aliens. In this strange world he finds parallel versions of all of his high school friends, with one exception: Kagami Sumika, who does not seem to exist.
Soon he will have to fight to save mankind and protect the girl he comes to love over the course of the story.
Muv-Luv Alternative (2006)
The second Muv-Luv game is a direct sequel to Muv-Luv Unlimited and the conclusion to the Muv-Luv trilogy. One of the most highly acclaimed Visual Novels of all time, Muv-Luv Alternative is the #1-ranked Visual Novel on VNDB.
Three years after witnessing the tragic exodus of mankind, Takeru wakes up believing that everything that had happened was just a dream.
The brief hope that he has at last come back to his world is dashed away as soon as he discovers that he is once more trapped in the parallel world of Unlimited.
Restarting on that fateful day he first came here, will Takeru manage to use his knowledge of previous events to change mankind’s tragic future?
We (Degica) will be working directly with the original production company, âge-soft, and creator, Koki Yoshimune, to finally bring Muv-Luv to the world. This version will be extensively updated and contain brand-new content and extras for the fans.
We're planning on releasing Muv-Luv Extra and Unlimited in March of 2016, followed by Muv-Luv Alternative in Summer 2016.
With more than 2.7 million Japanese characters, the Muv-Luv series is a huge project to translate.
We're assembling a joint task force to tackle this. A mix of dedicated fan translators and professional translators from Japan will work directly with the creators of Muv-Luv series to ensure the highest quality translation for this release.
Kickstarter allows us to connect directly with the fans (that's you!). With this approach, you get a lot more insight (and input) into what goes into this project. The English Muv-Luv fanbase is the reason this whole project came about so it only made sense to involve you as much as possible in the project.
Our main focus is to provide a polished, high quality, English release of Muv-Luv (Extra and Unlimited) and Muv-Luv Alternative for the PC. This will include:
- The latest and most up-to-date HD graphics available. We'll be using assets not only from the PS3 version of Muv-Luv (Extra + Unlimited) and Muv-Luv Alternative (including Takeru's voice) but updated stuff directly from âge-soft.
- An updated game engine to ensure full compatibility with Windows 7, 8, and 10. (The current version only supports Win XP and 7)
- Updated User Interface, Options, and Menus. Additional enhanced functions never before seen in any version of Muv-Luv (Extra + Unlimited) and Muv-Luv Alternative.
Based on fan feedback we've put together a few stretch goals for the improvement of the trilogy. Check them out below :)
- Additional OSTs and BGMs
- Minor voice acting improvements of some scenes with English voices. The voices can be switched back to original under options.
- Special unlockable content
- All Original/New content to be specified
- Android and PS VITA port for the Muv-Luv trilogy. Experience the epic saga on the go!
- With everyone's efforts in unlocking the goal, people who have pledged 150$ and above can choose one port digital copy for free!
- A digital lore browser with content from Lunatic Dawn and Integral Works in English.
- An official guide to the Muv-luv world put together by the Muv-Luv team with never before seen content including images, lore, backstories, and more!
- With everyone's efforts in unlocking the goal, it will be available for free for people pledging for the campaign 150$ and above!
- English Localization and Windows port of the PS3 Exclusive Muv-Luv side stories collection.
- View the FAQ for more details about Collection contents!
- With everyone's efforts in unlocking the goal, both games will be available for free for people pledging for the campaign 150$ and above!
- An all-digital $125 reward tier will be added when we reach the Photons stretch goal! Backers can get all $150 bonus digital goods including the digital artbook! You will still need to choose between digital Android or Vita.
- The objective of this mission is to eliminate the enemy BETA hive and all obstacles which has been preventing us from making the physical Muv-Luv Alternative CODEX a reality!
- Width: 21 cm
- Height: 29.7 cm
- Hard cover artbook with 400-500 glossy full color pages!
- Contains contents from Integral Works and Lunatic Dawn Anthology 1-3.
- All $300 tiers and above will now have a physical CODEX for free!
- There will be a new $220 tier - a physical box of your choice plus the CODEX.
- There will be a new $80 add-on for the physical CODEX.
- And last but not least, as a reward for everyone's efforts, we will be adding a bonus, limited edition Sumika Figma to every Collector's Box $150 tiers and above!
Before launching this Kickstarter we reached out to the existing Muv-Luv fanbase to see what they wanted. The items offered below are a representation of all the feedback we received:
Our friends at Tokyo Otaku Mode have been sending high quality goods from Japan for years. They're going to be helping us ensure that your order arrives on time and is packaged very nicely :)
Over the years, the Muv-Luv series has gained an incredible following outside of Japan. It's because of this support and interest that we are here today working on this project.
The entire team couldn't be more grateful to all of you for your continued support and enthusiasm for the Muv-Luv Series!
One last thing! To help spread the word about this Kickstarter we have set up a contest/giveaway. The grand prize (generously donated) is an all-expenses paid trip to Japan for two! You can get all of the details here.
Risks and challenges
This is a big project. There are lots of moving pieces and something could always go wrong or slow things down. We think that we've assembled a pretty good team to tackle this. By working with the original production company and creator as well as fans of the series, we're committed to delivering a high quality, finished product, in a timely manner to all of you. We're going to be as transparent as possible with updates as we progress and if anything does go wrong/get slowed down we'll let you know right away.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes! By pledging for a physical copy, you will get two codes all in all.
・Two digital codes will be emailed to you as soon as the games are released in Steam: You will get one for Muv-Luv (Extra+Unlimited) when it is completed around March, and another for Muv-Luv Alternative around Summer so you could play the game right away.
・The physical copies will be DRM free. :)
What are "Muv-Luv Alternative Integral Works" and "Lunatic Dawn"? What is the difference between them and Muv-Luv Alternative CODEX?
・「Integral Works」 is a 300+ page book containing detailed information about the world of Muv-Luv and Muv-Luv Alternative. It is a complete package of its own—Integral Works includes various short stories, illustrations and information regarding the creation of Mechas/Tactical Surface Fighters (TSFs), presentation of Anti-BETA tactical formations and military lore, and history of most of the nations involved in the series.
・「Lunatic Dawn」 is a series of fanbooks by âge-soft released exclusively in various events. They supplement the lore with data on TSFs, design sketches, illustrations, and comments, and include Muv-Luv related updates.
・The Muv-Luv Alternative CODEX is a 400-500 pages interactive digital book with contents from Integral Works and Lunatic Dawn, and is in a cross-platform application format with easy navigation tools, parallax/layered object effects, music and extra sprites to make it much more entertaining to read. More information here - https://aaltomies.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/muv-luv-alternative-integral-works-lunatic-dawn-and-the-codex/
They are icons which represent the reward types as closely as possible.
・Soldier-Class BETA Hoodie and TSF Pilot Jacket are the actual products displayed. We'll be providing camera shots soon.
・Destroyer-Class BETA Plushie Prototype Design - to be shown in public around October 7-20! They are high quality, 9 inches long, 7 inches wide, and 6 inches high, and designed by CanaBears! :)
・Boxes, product illustrations, and artbooks will be designed after the campaign.
・Pillow Covers are 2-way tricot and fit full-length body pillows. Designs may be revealed mid-late in the campaign.
Photon Flowers and Photon Melodies are collections of stories compiled from various âge-soft titles and originally released for the PS3. If you’ve played Muv-Luv Supplement, Altered Fable, or Chronicles, you may be familiar with some of the short story titles:
1. Muv-Luv Supplement
a. Sakura no Hana ga Saku Mae ni - 桜の花が咲く前に ?Muv-Luv After Episode?
b. Muv-Luv ～Another Episode Collection～
2. Ayu-Mayu Alternative
a. Atonement (Shokuzai - 贖罪)
b. Inheritance (Shoukei - 承継)
3. Muv-Luv Chronicles 01
a. Chicken Divers (チキン・ダイバーズ)
b. Rain Dancers (レイン・ダンサーズ)
4. Kimi ga Ita Kisetsu (君がいた季節)
a. Confessions (Kokusaku - 告白)
1. Muv-Luv Chronicles 02
a. Aspiration - (Shoukei - 憧憬)
2. Muv-Luv Chronicles 03
a, Resurrection - (Saitan - 再誕)
3. Muv-Luv Altered Fable
a. Kagayaku Toki ga Kienu Mae ni - かがやく時空（とき）が消えぬ間に
1. Pledge for a tier then add the total price of add-ons you've picked.
2. At the end of the campaign, the extra pledge can be used in BackerKit to select the add-on you wanted. So all the prices listed in the add-ons images are actually the BackerKit add-on prices.
Add-on price ranges:
・If you've pledged for the Muv-Luv Digital Copy ($25) or any tiers above, you can increase your pledge by $50 to get Yuuko's Gift Bag as an add-on.
・If you've pledged for $80 or above, you can increase your pledge to get the following add-ons:
・Add $200 to your pledge to get an extra Exclusive Design Heroine Pillowcase.
・Add $320 to your pledge to get an extra Soldier-Class BETA Hoodie.
・Add $320 to your pledge to get an extra TSF Pilot Jacket.
・Add $60 to your pledge to get an extra Destroyer-Class BETA Plushie.
Want to pledge for an item but don't have money right now? We've got great news for you - we're using BackerKit (http://backerkit.com) to help with the rewards fulfillment and make sure everyone gets the correct reward items and specifications.
・To use BackerKit, just pledge any amount for now to be a Backer. After the Kickstarter ends, you will be given a chance to upgrade your reward tier (not downgrade nor lower pledge made in KS), and/or add add-ons.
・Add-Ons can be selected in BackerKit, you can choose to pad the Add-On price to your main KS pledge to help reach the goal, or add the value instead in BackerKit phase- either way is fine.
・You will also be given survey(s) about reward specifics - Sizes, Designs, and any info the selected reward items may need.
・We will start adding everyone to BackerKit 2 weeks after the Kickstarter campaign has ended, as we need to finalize all KS refunds and payments before we start collecting data.
・You can change your upgrade/add-on selections via BackerKit until we lock things down and start sending out rewards.
・The rewards in BackerKit will not be as exclusive (boxes are not signed etc), some may cost slightly higher, so it's really advisable to pledge for the tier you want while the campaign is on-going! :)
How can I include digital stretch goal items in my pledge if I backed at a tier below the Muv-Luv Trilogy Collector’s Box ($150)?
You will be able to add these items to your pledge via BackerKit when the Kickstarter has ended. Depending on how many stretch goals are reached, available add-ons will include the Android and PS Vita ports, the Muv-Luv Official CODEX, Photon Flowers and Photon Melodies.
・We will provide you a choice between digital PC or Vita at the BackerKit survey after Kickstarter.
・When choosing Digital Vita, you have to keep two things in mind:
1. They may release a little late and around a month after Alternative(2nd game) PC's release date.
2. We can only provide the trilogy's code once to a region, so moving to another will prevent you from (re)downloading the game.
・After the KS ends we'll send out a survey and you can choose which region you want the PS Vita code to be for. :)
・We've already confirmed that we'll be able to generate them for the other regions ( not just U.S. )
・Just add $80 to your pledge if your tier is $150 Collector's Box or higher to avail both physical Vita and PC. :)
・Yes, there are two PS Vita boxes with Cartridges for both games. :)
・Photon Flowers and Photon Melodies will be completed after the main trilogy. We will distribute digital copies of both games to backers who pledged at the $150 tier or higher or who added them to their pledge via BackerKit.
・There are no plans for a physical release at the moment. We'll be sure to keep you updated with the latest news if anything changes. :)
・The original openings will be used, as they're highly recognized by the fanbase as instrumental/crucial to the series' success.
・Other openings may be included in the gallery if there are no issues with the 3rd party companies which made the variants.
All TSF boxes will be signed by the creators, while collector's box will be signed by the Muv-Luv team. :)
・Before anything else, everyone needs to know there's an exclusivity license for the trilogy's Japanese scripts. ixtl is doing their best to hasten the proceedings with the 3rd party company holding the exclusivity, but we can't promise the multi-language feature yet. Current status is unknown.
・There is a separate release for PS VITA confirmed by the creators last October 2 live stream but only for Japan, and may possibly release sooner than the PC version. This also means the English release for VITA may be done in only a few months after we've finished the trilogy's PC version since the VITA engine is ready. We'll only have to do Debugging and QA for the most parts when the time comes. :)
1. Sumika Kagami
2. Meiya Mitsurugi
3. Kei Ayamine
4. Marimo Jinguuji
5. Kasumi Yashiro
6. Mitsuki Hayase
7. Haruko Kashiwagi
8. Irisdina Bernhard
・The Kickstarter system will automatically ask for the right shipping cost for physical goods and the values varies on your location. If you're pledging through Paypal, here are the amounts:
- $10 worldwide, $5 US/Canada = $200 and below: Yuuko's Gift Bag, physical Vita/PC DVD, Collector's Box, You BETA Watch Out.
- $20 worldwide, $10 US/Canada = $220~$400: Physical Codex+CE, Takemikazuchi/Raptor, That's My Girl
- $20 worldwide, $10 US = Jacket and Hoodie
・All Superior Collection tiers and above has no shipping cost.
Chest Size reference : http://wikihow.com/Measure-Chest-Size
・TSF Pilot Jacket Details:
- Small Chest Size : 102cm
- Medium Chest Size : 108cm
- Large Chest Size : 114cm
- NEW Extra Large Chest Size : 120cm
- NEW Extra Extra Large Chest Size : 126cm
・Soldier-Class BETA Hoodie
- Small Chest Size : 96cm
- Medium Chest Size : 102cm
- Large Chest Size : 108cm
- Extra Large Chest Size : 116cm
- Extra Extra Large Chest Size : 124cm
How will you handle distribution platform restrictions without compromising important story elements? (Note: this section contains subtle spoilers.)
・We will push for a release that is as faithful as possible to the original. Our goal is to allow newcomers to experience exactly why the fanbase votes Muv-Luv as one of the best—if not THE best—Visual Novel they have ever played.
・With regard to violent content, Muv-Luv is relatively tame compared to several games available on Steam, so we will likely get the crucial story elements across.
・We will also release an official patch for the remaining important elements from Muv-Luv. More details will be provided at a later date.
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