Beastmaster And Prince (猛獣使いと王子様) is a famous Otome visual novel released in Japan back in 2010. It gained quite the fan following over there and was even re-released for the PlayStation Vita in the summer of 2015. Unfortunately for those in the west, the game never saw a western release and this Kickstarter plans to change that. With a goal of $150k, b2g Studio wants to localize the furry friendly tale. The original game took around 30 hours to complete so it’s quite the undertaking, but the Kickstarter is being funded fast. In just a few days it has raised over 30k so it’s clearly in demand.
The original story is Fruitsbasket levels of sweet. The heroine sets out to become a great beast master but gets distracted trying to lift the curse of the handsome princes she encounters. The curse in question has turned them all into animals (thus the Fruitsbasket reference) including a wolf who looks seriously like Diamond Dog from Metal Gear Solid V. The game boasts a unique ‘cuddle system’ that only mildly screams bestiality (Not that I can talk considering my thorough enjoyment of Hatoful Boyfriend) and mildly resembles the Pokemon ‘petting’ system. The Kickstarter page mentions a number of extra quests outside the main story so hopefully the game will have a lot of content to work with. The overall style and concept is very much like a classic fairytale.
I’ve noted that the original game was rated 15+ so it might not be all fluffy stuff but still does look like Ouran Highschool Host Club had a baby with Fruitsbasket in the world of Dragon Quest. If you’re into Otome then I get the feeling that Beastmaster is the one to back. You’ll have to back $25 to put your name down for the game and remember you can always check out the Japanese trailers for the game on YouTube. What do you think of Kickstarter being used to fund localizations of games? What Japanese games would you pay to have localized?
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