In a blog post, western visual novel publisher Sol Press announced they will no longer pursue visual novel licenses. The company will shift their focus to publishing manga in the west instead, which is more promising to them as a company than publishing visual novels on PC.
The team will finish any projects they’ve announced, but no new games will be added to their catalog. This is due to the uncertainty surrounding publishing on Steam, which is the most significant visual novel distribution platform in their eyes. There’s also the added costs of high licensing, production, and additional fees that don’t fit in with their current plans as a company.
They still love the medium and will look into visual novels in the future, but they don’t want to make any promises.
In an interview with Noisy Pixel last year, CEO of Sol Press Michael Valdez commented on piracy being a huge issue that the company faced. Their releases were being heavily pirated and distributed online, which made it tough for them to make a profit off of their titles.
Sol Press has previously released, Onii Kiss: Onii-chan, Where’s My Kiss?, My Fair Princess, Yotsunoha, and other titles west. Upcoming releases, and maybe the last visual novels from the company will be Happiness! 2 Sakura Celebration, Hyper Highspeed Genius, and Witch’s Garden.
This post may contain Amazon affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate Noisy Pixel earns from qualifying purchases.