I didn’t think it would happen, but the taste police at Valve allowed Aokana: Four Rhythms Across The Blue to release on Steam. I have to say that I’m thoroughly shocked that the game launched on Steam given Valve’s penchant for randomly nuking visual novels with cute anime girls because it makes them feel all tingly in all the right places they love to hate.
In any case, you can pick up the crowdfunded release of Aokana: Four Rhythms Across The Blue from the Steam store for $34.99. The game is discounted by 10% off during the first week of release so you can get it for just $31. Alternatively you can purchase the game from the NekoNyan Soft website if you want to support the publishers directly.
The version on Steam is the all-ages iteration so the content is kept safe for gamers. However, there is a free R18+ patch that you can download from over on the NekoNyan website.
On the store page simply click the “Download Patch 1.1” and you’ll be able to download the zip file.
Extract the contents of the zip file to the Aokana game directory and then boot up the title to embrace the full R18+ experience.
Unfortunately the game does contain mosaics. This isn’t because of NekoNyan but because of the developer. In the FAQ over on the official website, they explained…
“Unfortunately, no. This is simply because Sprite doesn’t want it, so there is nothing we can do about that.”
That’s a bit of bummer, but at least the game is available on Steam for those of you who wanted to get the game on Valve’s platform and keep your visual novels in one place.
It’s a shame that the company has gone to such lengths to ban other visual novels for usually inconsequential reasons.
But for those of you who have been waiting for the game and the R18+ patch to arrive with full English localization, you can embrace Aokana: Four Rhythms Across The Blue right now.
(Thanks for the news tip MaverickHL)