Otome Game ‘Norn9: Var Commons’ Switch Version to Receive Updated English Translation by Anne Lee

During an Aksys Games livestream, the publisher has announced an important information for otome fans. Norn9: Var Commons will receive an updated translation in its new release. This new project is spearheaded by Anne Lee, who translated the mobile game Fantastic Boyfriends: Legends of Midearth and was the editor for Tokyo Afterschool Summoners, among a variety of other titles.

This news is particularly relevant because the original Vita release of Norn9: Var Commons was infamous for inaccurate translations and dubious quality for some of its choices. As such, the Switch updated edition will likely offer a much higher quality than the previous one, avoiding the meme-worthy dialogues of the Vita version. One popular example was how one protagonist mentioned she was afraid of snow when the dialogue actually meant something else.

Norn9: Var Commons tells a futuristic story revolving around multiple protagonists and their boyfriends. It all starts when a child prodigy seems to go back in time and find a group of young men and women. Together, they’ll have the chance to investigate the mysteries of a spherical ship called Norn that seems to linger in the sky above the towns of the past.

The game includes some music by the composer Nobuo Uematsu of Final Fantasy fame, character designs by Teita (Charade Maniacs, Soukai Tenki), and a 60-hour story co-written by Ushio Ayane (Even if Tempest, Juuzaengi) and Meguri Hinako (Diabolik Lovers and some chapters in the Corpse Party games). Altogether there are 24 possible endings.

Norn9: Var Commons will be available for Switch in English in 2023, though a specific release date has yet to be announced. Aksys Games has also confirmed its fandisc, Norn9: Last Era will receive an English translation in 2023, marking the first time it comes west. We’ll let you know as Aksys reveals more details on both games and their huge list of upcoming otome titles.

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Ivanir Ignacchitti

Random Japanese games are my jam. Handhelds, RPGs, VNs and PC banzai.