The current Kickstarter campaign to deliver an English-localized version of the visual novel Dies irae to Steam has four days left to go, having already achieved 94% of its goal. So far, $151,634 of the $160,000 goal has been pledged by backers.
The urban fantasy battle opera was launched back in 2007, under the title Dies irae – Also sprach Zarathustra. Following several re-releases, the story came full circle in 2012’s Dies irae – Amantes amentes, which released on PSP and PC. The story revolves around Germany towards the end of World War 2, which proves to be the catalyst for the transcendence of the Longinus Dreizehn Orden six decades later in modern day Japan.
Publishers and developers Light are looking to continue to grow the Dies irae franchise on a global scale. Back in 2015, a crowdfunding project to bring an anime adaptation of the game raised nearly 97 million yen, shattering the initial 30 million yen goal. The anime is still in production, and is scheduled to release sometime in 2017. Parts one and two of the potential Steam release meanwhile is penned for release in May this year.
As with the majority of Kickstarter campaigns, a wide variety of pledge rewards are on offer depending on how much you choose to give. The rewards range from a thank you email with BackerKit access for pledging $1 or more, all the way up to a replica shikishi drawn and signed by G-Yuusuke for those who pledge $1,400 or more.
Head over to the Kickstarter page if you’d like to bring the English version of Dies arae to Steam. There is only four more days left to raise the remaining funds, so be sure to head over before time runs out.