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New VN Publisher ANIPLEX.EXE blocks Europe

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Even though there hasn't been a thread here yet I am sure some of you heard about a new collaboration between Aniplex and Frontwing and Liar-soft to release to two new VNs by both companies with worldwide simultaneous releases. These two VNs are ATRI -My Dear Moments- and Adabana Odd Tales, and few hours ago it was revealed that they are planned for a release this June.

Their Steam pages are here:

ATRI: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1230140/ATRI_My_Dear_Moments/

Adabana Odd Tales: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1094820/Adabana_Odd_Tales/

But if you are from Europe you will notice that you are blocked from viewing the page for Adabana Odd Tales. This has been the case for at least a month as complaints on the Steam forum shows, so it's unlikely that this is just a mistake. It is also noticeable that europeans are also blocked from viewing the official site for ANIPLEX.EXE which can be found here: https://aniplex-exe.com/

 

Aniplex is mostly known as an Anime licensing company, where it is standard practice to divide the distribution license for different territories like North America and Europe. My speculation is now that this also the case with Adabana Odd Tales, which would be an alarming new development for VN market. So far the publishers for translated VN where a able to sell their english translations around the globe with exception of Japan for the most part. To my knowledge there has never been an translated VN that has been blocked like this before. If this becomes successful and VN licensing is becoming separated for North America and Europe it would be huge step back for the VN industry.

 

Now I will admit that the last part is purely speculation on my part since ANIPLEX.EXE so far hasn't explained why the don't sell Adabana Odd Tales in Europe (but don't block ATRI), but until they clarify this situation I am concerned about this development. Even if you are not specifically interested in those two titles, as I explained above it could have further consequences for the VN industry, so It would be nice if you could spread this information further to raise awareness of the problem. If more people ask https://twitter.com/ANIPLEX_EXE and https://twitter.com/aniplexUSA maybe we could get an explanation.

Edited by Formlose Gestalt

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I can see ANIPLEX page from my Steam account, but indeed when I try to click Adabana from there, I get the error message "This product is currently unavailable in your region".

As for acces to aniplex-exe.com being blocked within EU, I guess that it might have something to do with the site being supposedly not GDPR-compliant. It's the same with some other Japanese or US pages - when you try to browse them from within EU, you get message that they cannot show it because it's not GDPR-compliant, and thus "illegal" in EU. In other words, they have to block it, or they could be sued.

Edited by adamstan

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Well, until it has been confirmed, this is all speculation. It would be very disappointing and a step in the wrong direction if it turns out to actually be a case of geoblocking, but I guess you could always find some other way to play the games if you want to. :makina:

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Both games look pretty interesting, actually. Which is a pretty rare thing with VNs nowadays.

Edit. As for the block, I would understand it if it was blocked for every country other than the US, but specifically blocking the EU seems strange.

Edited by Dreamysyu

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On 22/3/2020 at 4:48 PM, Freestyle80 said:

The EU has new censorship related to animataed videos/games,right? Probably related to that

No, we dont have nothing like that. 

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While new VN company is nice to see, I'm more interested with the fact that both of Makura and Frontwing work together to release ATRI. So perhaps we may have Sakura no Uta, although of course it'll be impossible to do. I can't comment on EU block on Adanbana there, so I'll just say that hopefully it'll be resolved sooner or later.

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