Hey, welcome to Good Goings! A monthly series where I’ll celebrate some stuff that has happened or is yet to happen in the otaku sphere. The world can bring us down sometimes so it’s important to kick back, relax and remind ourselves of the things we’re happy about. It feels like it’s never been a better time to be a geek nowadays so pop on the kettle and let’s get cracking with what goodies have come up this month…
This month is a bit of a slow one but first up is otome corner, still chugging along with some updates!
Doubtless to say, Our Life: Beginnings and Always has made quite the splash in the past year with its flexible approach to character customisation and sheer wholesomeness and GB Patch has officially announced a new installment in this series. Our Life: Now and Forever features a similar premise where our new protagonist grows up in a quaint town with two of their closest neighbours. Expect sweetness and spice, Now and Forever has a provisional release window for late 2022 for PC and mobile. I’m loving the soft autumnal vibe in this one and while the release is far off, you can find developmental updates on GB Patch’s Twitter and Patreon.
The final part of TAISHO x ALICE is ending the fairytale on Steam this July 2021. The epilogue concludes Yurika’s story with Alice’s route, a mysterious man who has popped up in other routes. It’s a pretty big deal that TAISHO x ALICE has finally been localised in its entirety after such a mismanaged initial launch by a different localisation company – it really does feel like a win for otome fans and hopefully indicates that the market is healthy (and hungry). I’ve been playing through the earlier episodes and I have to say it’s quite the ride – definitely for lovers of equally twisty narratives and love interests!
A small update for Bustafellows (PC and Switch) from PQube: the steamy crime-capering otome is set to release on July 30, 2021. Has anyone else preordered the Collector’s Edition 👀? I think the mock-up mixtape by ‘Scarecrow’, one of the love interests, and a gossip-style magazine featuring the boys give a bit of flair to the usual artbook and soundtrack combo. Anyway, I’m counting down the days for this one – what better way to turn up the heat this summer than an old-fashioned murder mystery?
Another game getting their kit off is AKIBA’S TRIP: Hellbound & Debriefed, coming July 20, 2021 on PC, Switch and PS4. The Akiba’s Trip series are satisfyingly silly adventures about fighting dastardly vampires by literally exposing them to the sun – the fewer clothes the better! Set in a detailed recreation of the geeky paradise of Akihabara, Hellbound & Debriefed is a remaster of the first Akiba’s Trip title, which hadn’t seen the light of day this side of the world until now.
Kitaria Fables (PC, Switch, PS4 and Xbox), an action adventure RPG that’s mixing a whole lot of fluff into the farming formula, with be cropping up this September 3, 2021. Between the juggernauts of life sims, Kitaria Fables appears to veer more towards Rune Factory’s style in that you’ll be raising a sword just as much as a hoe. Delve into dungeons, make furry friends and create a home for yourself in Paw Village!
Fans of unpredictable psychological narratives will want to pay attention to the next one. Gnosia, described as a sci-fi social deduction RPG (‘like Among Us but single player’ – I’ve been told), is coming soon to Steam after launching on the Switch back in 2019. Investigate and determine who is the murderous imposter in your crew in an original narrative that changes every gameplay loop. Suspect and survive – or you’ll soon find yourself on the wrong side of the jury!
Just in time for the end of this month, a date for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl (Switch) has been greenlit for November 19, 2021. Pokémon Legends: Arceus (Switch) will follow on January 28, 2022. The art style for this new Diamond and Pearl has proved divisive but I’m hoping this remake will nevertheless be a great opportunity to jump back into the Sinnoh region (or bring some of its magic to newcomers)! The fourth gen remakes and new open-world adventure were announced earlier this year in a Pokémon Presents video (see this GG for details)!
There you go. A bunch of things that put a smile on my face and hopefully yours too. Let me know about your own Good Goings in the comments and have a great day!