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Giga is shutting down their operations on the 31st of March 2023


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Giga was very popular and a staple of the Japanese visual novel/eroge industry, but the west barely got any of their first-party titles. We might onlym know them through Baldr Sky actually. Any other giga titles you have played? Which have you looked forward to to eventually get localized?

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41 minutes ago, HataVNI said:

Any other giga titles you have played?

I've read their 3 titles written by Maruto:

Chocolat ~maid cafe "curio"~
Parfait ~Chocolat Second Brew~
Kono Aozora ni Yakusoku o

and Aonatsu Line

I liked them all - the latter three were 8/10 for me, while Chocolat got 7.5.

I also have some of their moeges at the wishlist/backlog.

41 minutes ago, HataVNI said:

Which have you looked forward to to eventually get localized?

Currently none, since I reached the point of being able to read untranslated moeges ;) But if memory serves, Parfait is getting translated by Sekai Project.

 

PS I actually haven't read Baldr Sky, and have no interest in it ;)

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I played the Baldr series up to the point where they for some reason decided to make the last game a piece of crap (both battle system and story).  I still don't get why they destroyed the traditions of the series to create a mindless game obviously designed for mobile phones rather than pc or consoles.  

Giga has been showing signs of collapse for a while now.  The over-production of the 'kiss' series, which was never that popular even amongst romance VN lovers, was another sign of this.  In addition, Giga's development costs were always excessive for the genre, which probably made it worse due to the borderline nature of sales of VNs.

Harvest Overray was decent, but after that I came to the conclusion that Giga was incapable of producing anything truly superlative outside of the Baldr series.  This was confirmed by my first attempt to play a game from the 'kiss' series, which was a total kusoge.

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3 hours ago, sanahtlig said:

Wow, Softhouse Chara and then GIGA.  The titans of gameplay eroge are falling one-by-one.

SofthouseChara was innovative, but they hadn't produced anything that remained in memory after you played it for years.  Heck, nothing at all since before Covid, which probably means they were already in financial trouble before Covid hit.

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9 hours ago, Clephas said:

I played the Baldr series up to the point where they for some reason decided to make the last game a piece of crap (both battle system and story).  I still don't get why they destroyed the traditions of the series to create a mindless game obviously designed for mobile phones rather than pc or consoles.  

Giga has been showing signs of collapse for a while now.  The over-production of the 'kiss' series, which was never that popular even amongst romance VN lovers, was another sign of this.  In addition, Giga's development costs were always excessive for the genre, which probably made it worse due to the borderline nature of sales of VNs.

Harvest Overray was decent, but after that I came to the conclusion that Giga was incapable of producing anything truly superlative outside of the Baldr series.  This was confirmed by my first attempt to play a game from the 'kiss' series, which was a total kusoge.

Which Baldr game are you talking about so I can avoid it?

I'm going to get all the giga games that I'm interested in before they shutdown.

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6 hours ago, Nemesis said:

I'm going to get all the giga games that I'm interested in before they shutdown.

 

1 hour ago, Templarseeker said:

I wonder who's gonna pick the rights to translate/localize their titles, Sekai Project maybe?

Giga's parent company - Entergram/TGL stays in business, so there should be no problem with older titles. It just means no new games under GIGA brand I guess.

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8 hours ago, Nemesis said:

Which Baldr game are you talking about so I can avoid it?

I'm going to get all the giga games that I'm interested in before they shutdown.

Baldr Bringer.  Baldr Bringer's story is virtually nonexistent, and the combat is awful and slow-paced (the attraction of the Baldr series battle systems' was how fast-paced it was).  

Senkou no Clarias (the last gameplay game by Giga's Team Baldrhead) was interesting... until it wasn't.  The combat system was clunky and poorly designed, though not as poorly as Baldr Bringer's.

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17 hours ago, adamstan said:

  

 

Giga's parent company - Entergram/TGL stays in business, so there should be no problem with older titles. It just means no new games under GIGA brand I guess.

Nope. If you go to Giga's official site:
http://www.web-giga.com/close/

「戯画」ブランド商品の販売終了 2023年3月31日(金) ※パッケージ商品およびダウンロード販売商品も全て同日終了となります。 最後にお手元に残したいお客様におかれましては、販売終了日までにご購入いただけますと幸いです。

They stop selling everything at March 31, 2023.

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6 hours ago, Nemesis said:

Nope. If you go to Giga's official site:
http://www.web-giga.com/close/

「戯画」ブランド商品の販売終了 2023年3月31日(金) ※パッケージ商品およびダウンロード販売商品も全て同日終了となります。 最後にお手元に残したいお客様におかれましては、販売終了日までにご購入いただけますと幸いです。

They stop selling everything at March 31, 2023.

Damn, that's weird. So despite the publisher staying in business, they effectively turn all their games into abandonware?

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I only played Baldr Sky and Material Brave. Quite enjoyed the gameplay, since it's a nice change from the traditional turn-based, RPG-style from the like of Eushully or Alice Soft.

Never tried any of their non-combat one however. 

A shame that they are shutting down, thought not exactly a surprise - their recent titles in the last, like, 2 years all looked like gereric crap. Actually, make it 4.

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Didn't expect Giga to do that bad. But considering that even other studios like Light or Minori closed doors in recent years, I guess nothing is impossible anymore.

Nevertheless, considering I didn't even like Baldr Sky that much, it's not a studio I'd personally miss. But it would be still nice to also have some exciting newcomers from time to time instead of just one veteran studio after another biting the dust.

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For those who are interested, the best games by that company are:

Baldr Skydive

Baldr Sky Zero (alternate world setting, which makes sense if you completed the original, battle system was more clunky than Skydive due to a transition to 2.5D)

Baldr Force (has aged surprisingly well, but the visuals, while pretty, are very much yesteryear.  Occurs significantly before the development of biological AIs that led to Baldr Sky)

Baldr Heart (based a few centuries after Baldr Skydive, when Ark's digital mind transfer tech is in common use)

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