Fans of the Umineko franchise will soon be able to support an enhanced western release of the Umineko When They Cry visual novel. Catbox Creative is teaming up with 07th Expansion, Witch Hunt Translation Group, MangaGamer, and Sound Cadence Studios to launch a Kickstarter campaign for Umineko When They Cry: GOLD EDITION, which will run from November 7 to December 7.
In the meantime, an official website is live for the project along with a lengthy preview trailer. This won't just be a modest update; Catbox Creative and the rest of the parties involved want to add full in-game voice acting with the help of an official North American cast approved by original creator Ryukishi07.
Other enhancements include an update to the graphics—specifically, an option to play on Steam using visuals from PS3 games Rondo of the Witch and Reasoning and Nocturne of Truth and Illusions—and other new content straight from Ryukishi07. There will also be a fully-voiced and dramatized audiobook of the novel, Voices of Rokkenjima, coming to iTunes as a free podcast series.
Here's the preview:
Head to the website and stick around for the campaign to watch cast announcements unfold, starting with Brittney Karbowski as Jessica Ushiromiya.
Thanks to Crunchyroll user shotamcmanarms for the tip!