The Future Radio And The Artificial Pigeons, a visual novel developed for PC by the Japanese studio Laplacian, will be released on Steam in the West on February 17 this year, according to a tweet by US publisher NekoNyan Soft. Best known for publishing the visual novel Aokana: Four Rhythms Across The Blue, NekoNyan Soft first announced the international release of The Future Radio in March 2021 and has since been working in communication with developer Laplacian to bring the game to a Western audience.
Featuring romance, branching paths, and a narrative defined by player choices, The Future Radio And The Artificial Pigeons takes place in a dystopian world where the airwaves have been devoured by a global network of artificial pigeons. Running at approximately 20 hours, the game will be NekoNyan Soft’s first release for the year, with follow-up 2023 titles yet to be announced.
The Future Radio And The Artificial Pigeons will be Laplacian’s second visual novel to be released in the West. The first, Newton And The Apple Tree, was also released in 2017 for PC via Steam, with English translation and publishing overseen by the now defunct localization group Sol Press.
Sol Press also originally planned to publish The Future Radio And The Artificial Pigeons in the West, among other projects. In mid-2020, however, an official blog post confirmed that Sol Press had summarily canceled all plans to publish further Laplacian visual novels in the West, including The Future Radio and The Artificial Pigeons.
This statement followed an earlier announcement by Sol Press, which revealed that the company would no longer localize or publish visual novels. While no explanation was given at the time, Sol Press CEO Michael Valdez would later say in an interview with Noisy Pixel that the visual novel’s profitability had been severely hampered by lingering piracy issues. In late October 2021, Sol Press was suspended and forfeited by the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) for non-payment of taxes. This waiver marked the closure of Sol Press’ operations and the company has since become defunct.
Since then, only two localization studios have stepped in to pick up abandoned Laplacian projects: NekoNyan Soft, for example, which will release The Future Radio And The Artificial Pigeons in February of this year — but also Laplacian itself, which last year entirely managed the localization and international release of one of its titles, Cyanotype Daydream — The Girl Who Dreamed the World.
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