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Norn9: Var Commons Coming to PS Vita This Fall

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Norn9: Var Commons Coming to PS Vita This Fall

Hello everyone! It’s Mina again! Aksys Games is pleased to announce our next otome visual novel game, Norn9: Var Commons. It will be a PS Vita exclusive, for both retail and digital in North America.

Norn9: Var Commons

As a title from Idea Factory, the same company that brought you the acclaimed Hakuoki series, Norn9: Var Commons is definitely worth waiting for. Norn9: Var Commons will be available in the fall, but in the meantime, I’ll give you a little sneak peek.

While on a school field trip, child prodigy Sorata Suzuhara wanders off after hearing a mysterious song and blacks out. When he comes to, he finds himself in unfamiliar place, and soon encounters a girl who informs him that he’s currently in turn of the century Japan.

In order to help him get home, Sorata follows her to a ship that she’s waiting for but when it appears it is not a wooden sailing ship, but a round aircraft that flies using technology that is beyond Sorata’s imagination. Even stranger, he discovers that the other 12 passengers — 3 young women and 9 men — are all supposedly espers with special powers, and are on some kind of journey at the behest of a multinational entity only known as The World.

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What is the purpose of their journey? What is their destination? Who is The World? Before Sorata can even begin to take stock of his situation, the ship is attacked, and the mystery surrounding the ship only deepens. Delve into the story of the ship and its occupants through the point of views of each of the three girls, and unravel the mysteries trapped within.

Experience the voyage! Board a mysterious aircraft and go on a journey with twelve young men and women with special powers. While travelling to an unknown destination, you will view beautifully detailed environments.

The characters in Norn9: Var Commons come to life. No completely static images, here! Communicate with them as a part of their world and see how they react to specific situations. As the player, YOU advance the complex, diverging storyline and decide the fate of the characters. Ultimately, you will be making some of the hardest decisions. Depending on the choices you make, the story will dramatically change. If you explore all routes and complete them, the secret true ending will be revealed.

Norn9: Var Commons

Bonus Features — Re-live your favorite moments with Gallery Mode! Also, challenge the mini game, “Norn9 Quest,” and collect points to unlock bonus illustrations and other special features.

Thanks for tuning in! Make sure to visit the Norn9: Var Commons website for more updates! See you next time!

Note: The images used are taken from an early build of the game and may differ from those used in the final product.

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55 Comments

  • You guys sure do like the otome stuff eh? Are we ever going to get any bishoujo games?

  • @1

    Xblaze is bishoujo and we’re getting the sequel this Fall.

  • Always happy to get more Visual Novel games. Nothing wrong with Otome either. :p

  • Can i date the women ?

  • @5

    No, otome games means its a dating sim style game for women. You can date plenty of guys though.

  • Any chance of a release in Europe?

  • Looks Great! =)

    Can’t wait! XD

  • YES! I’m so getting this, and all other otomes for Vita. Finally some love for my vita

  • Love Aksys for bringing over these cool Japanese games! XBlaze Lost Memories, Code Realize, and now this! Love Otome games, but it can’t hurt to bring more Bishoujo games, either.

  • Another game where all you do is save The World…
    Though, I’m sure C&G will give this game some love.

  • Another VN coming over?? You people are on fire on that front recently.

  • @12
    What do you mean you people? Don’t get racist! (jk :P)

  • I’m so shocked! I never thought Aksys would announce another otoge so soon! I would have liked Clock Zero since it’s more standalone, but I’ve been interested in this one as well. Hope it does well so we can get the FD. Thank you Aksys! We love you!

  • I just read an article from N4G saying a PS4 and PS Vita price drop would be foolish. And I tottaly agree. Why not keep the price what it is, and let it pan out.

  • Will there be PSTV Support?

  • Will there be any plans for any pre-order bonuses or a limited edition set of the game? Also, when can we expect the Norn9 website to be live?

    • Frank "Bo" DeWindt II
      Frank "Bo" DeWindt II

      There are no plans as of yet.

      The Norn9 landing page will go up tomorrow along with the official press release and pre-orders.

  • Thank you very much for you great vita support and your plans to bring some visual novel to us.

    My import will be sure :)

  • madmanwithabox12

    Can’t wait to see this and all the other recent Aksyss/Arc System games in Europe in four years time! (O_O)_b

  • Not sure this is really my kind of game, but always glad to see Vita exclusives coming to retail.

    @4, Frank – Remember to share your opinion on the subject too, or it might get moderated out.

  • I am living in europe and i guess i will not be playing this game. No PHYSICAL No BUY!!!! Thanks for nothing!!

  • @21 (jackvdw) You EU folks really need to quit whining. In fact, you should be lucky you’re even getting the game at all, because the cost of localizing the game into multiple languages can get on the expensive side. On top of that, I’ve heard that producing Vita cards costs MORE than producing PS3/4 Blu-ray Discs! Also if you continue to import from us, publishers will see no point in bothering to localize the games to EU countries at all. Plus you’ll be locked out of DLC and network services anyway.

    So in other words, just buy the game. Give them money, and when they have enough, maybe THEN you can start letting them know you want a physical copy.

  • So it’s a visual novel version of Final Fantasy XV?

    no, thanks.

  • @22 Y’know, I’m in the EU, and i agree with you entirely. Games are pretty sparse as is at the moment – turning your nose up at developers localising quality games solely because they’ve decided it’s not going to be profitable releasing physically in your region is downright rude. Why cut off your nose to spite your face and deny yourself a great game? The complaining and boycotting is just plain childish. I’m stupidly grateful to Asus for localising VN’s – I’m still waiting for the day I can play something like Clannad in English on Vita, so all the more games released to act as proof a market exists, the better.

  • I am not whining at all, and i would love to buy the game here in europe but that is not possible since it is not released here.
    When i buy a game, i want the game and not a license to play it. They can release the same version from US in EU. No need to have multiple languages. We all play the games in english here so no problem there.

  • So I’m assuming this is a reverse harem game am I correct?

    Anyways still looks interesting I’m a huge fan of visual novel games.

  • Just chiming in to echo @16 for PSTV support. I got my PSTV primarily to play (one of the greatest games of all-time) Persona 4 Golden and Tales of Heart R, but it’s nice using it for visual novels too. I can’t recommend PSTV enough to my friends. I’d support this game if it comes to PSTV, even though I’d prefer bishoujo to otome. The storyline for Norn9 sounds intriguing nonetheless.

    Fingers crossed that there’s enough demand/potential sales to make this happen!

  • Can’t wait! Thanks so much for the Vita support

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you. I think this announcement nearly sent me and three of my closest friends to the hospital today–we barely had enough time to recover after hearing about Code: Realize. (One of them is still in shock and doesn’t believe this is actually happening.)

    I loved Hakuoki and especially Sweet Fuse and have bought them both repeatedly. Fall can’t come soon enough–and not just because my AC is broken!

  • pinkeverlasting

    Thanks for another release :)
    I already preordered Code Realize and now I guess I have to go preorder this too!
    Hope you guys will releases more games for the vita! :3

  • I’m in eu so looks like I will have to import it, if it gets good reviews that is. I don’t like digital like to physically own my games

  • Sounds interesting, but I’m not sure if I’d enjoy this.

    On the topic of VNs, someone needs to realize that people that don’t speak Japanese would like a Fate/Stay Night and Fate/Hollow Ataraxia localization. They’re both on the Vita, and both have fan translations, but not even a digital release over here?

    Especially with the new Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works show, now seems like it would be a great time to release them, since there’s been a swell in the viewer base.

  • pinkeverlasting

    @Astroking112
    I’m pretty sure the localization of these recent games were aimed towards a certain audience and genre of VNs. As much as I agree the Fate series have a large fanbase, I remember people have been constantly asking on Aksys’s old forums for at least 3-4+ years for this game to be picked up so I’m sure their choices reflected their audience’s efforts in a way.

    I’m sure if the Fate fanbase starting showing heavy response towards a single company, they may consider. As I remember Aksys did do Fate/Extra so maybe there’s chance. Though understand, at least Fate/ have fan translations, many of the otome genre VNs don’t get fan translations even. Just my piece of opinion.

  • Oh wow I can’t hardly wait to add this bad boy to my collection! I saw this game on Facebook and ever since I hoped this game will one day come out! I’m glad that day finally came and I so look forward to playing it! Thank you so much for localizing Norn9!

  • Thank you Aksys! Otome games are about as close as I can get to BL games. So I’ll take ’em.

  • @25 it doesn’t quite work like that in Europe, France, Germany and Spain often require the games to be translated in to their language to release in Europe.

  • I’m going to get this. It will be nice to have a different kind of game on my Vita. Thank you for supporting the best handheld platform.

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  • I will never, as long as I live, understand why anyone would ever want a physical copy of a Vita game. Do you really like having something the size of your thumbnail that is fragile but cost you 30 bucks that you have to swap out every time you want to play the game? Dealing with the memory cards is bad enough… but dealing with the cards AND games… that’d be awful.

    But on topic… glad to see more Japanese content hitting us here in the West. The more the better, even if this particular one doesn’t sound like it will be to my tastes.

  • @pinkeverlasting:
    Ah, I wasn’t aware that this game was that old.

    Apparently Fate/Extra had sold well over here, but CCC was never localized as well. I find it to be a bit odd, but I still think it would be a great idea to promote the “first” translation of the original game at a relative height in its viewer base.

    Personally, I started trying to read it a while ago, and was absolutely bored out of my mind. But I could imagine that others would be very interested in the idea of taking that story with them for a commute in the train, and Hollow Ataraxia (The sequel) doesn’t have any alternative versions.

    Localizations like this are great, and I hope they continue, but I’m still a little confused as to why someone hasn’t localized one of the most popular VNs yet.

  • Yes!!!!!!! First Amnesia Memories, Code:Realize, now Norn9!??? Omg I will buy day one. I wish and hope for Hakouki sweet school life, binary story and Diablok lovers! I LOVE ALL times of games, so this is sweet!!!!!! Also I heard Date live is good too!! Please make it happen Sony/Akysys /Idea factory!!!

  • America really needs more Otomes and Vns. Europe I feel likes them as well!!!!

  • I love VNs. This’ll be a day one purchase for me. Been wanting to play this since I first heard about it.

  • I like VNs, but I’m a male. So can I enjoy this? Btw, I loved your Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters.

  • aksys <3

  • I’m quite confused. There will be 3 heroines in the game I presume? Why is this Sorata guy described well(feels like a heroine/MC to me

  • OMG guys I love you all so much for this! I’m really happy!!! ^^
    and I will buy this game and Code Realize too. However I don’t know yet if I will buy them digitally or . I’m from Spain and I don’t know how much the ship charge will be. I hope some day Princess Arthur and Kamigami no Asobi have a chance in the west.

  • @44:
    You can choose to play as either Sorata or one of the three girls, from what I understand. Due to the nature of VNs and multiple playthroughs, it’s more likely to lean towards the girl protagonists, but I’d imagine that it’d be fine to just read Sorata’s story if you wanted to.

  • @14. This is not an otoge but it’s an otome game.

    @48. The prologue is told from the perspective of Sorata, After the prologue, the player has the option of choosing from one of the 3 heroines. (from a certain source)

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  • Wiaitng for another games….
    like gta, final fantasy, kingdom hearts, metal gear and monster hunter for VITA

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