Filled in the survey!
I asked them to make an information booklet with historical facts / timeline / explanations and translations of short stories / interesting stuff. That would be really worth getting compared to just artbooks which you can get the Japanese version or accessories which you'd much rather choose the stuff of the guy you like anyway.
I might get the LE for this... but wait... I seriously want a PS3 version *cannot resist big HD with blinks anymore* I wish they would include a DLC that turns the Japanese text in the PS3 version into English. That should be possible, right?
It's mentioned in the first post, but visual novel games are not allowed on the PS3 in North America. I wish to god they would be though. There goes all my hopes for an HD Umineko release *cries*
Likewise, about the historical facts, the game isn't detail heavy *has played it*, but skimming through the late shogunate period on wikipedia is more that enough. Better yet, go read manga set in that era XD You don't even need to know the specifics, just the people.
I found part one of the interview at http://www.siliconer...ossom-overseas/ , and part two at http://www.siliconer...-aksys-heats-up . I have quite a bit to say about part one...
First, the Aksys staff stated that Hakuouki was chosen for its "mature themes." No further explanation was provided. Was the company looking for a serious story, rather than a cute/slice of life story? I don't know.
Oh oh, I can answer that one *raises hand* XP I got to talk to....shoot, mind drawing a blank on names, but the girl in charge of marketing, after the panel. More specifically, "slice of life" of games themselves don't have much of a market in the NA, but historical dramas do have precedents. Therefore, it's always better to go with the better established ground (even though it's severely skewed, but since when has historical accuracy and video games ever gone hand in hand? XD) Likewise, from personal experience as well, many otome games from Otomate aren't exactly........story oriented, how should I say. Quite honestly, a lot of it is feel good fluff, but not necessarily very substantial. They have good games, but their story department isn't always the best :S
Oh and, I rather liked Hakuouki's soundtrack (I don't like too many VN soundtracks, so that's a nice point) so I voted for a CD
PS: That second part of the interview just made me love Aksys so much more......and also choke on my milk laughing.