htoL #NiQ: The Firefly Diary (PSV - Feb 2015)

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Re: htoL #NiQ: The Firefly Diary (PSV - Feb 2015)

Postby lazyfan » Wed Jan 14, 2015 6:48 pm

Daverost wrote:You just have to make sure you nail the jumps to the upper platforms near the end, then use your umbrella if you end up a bit short on the jump. If you can make those platforms, which is tricky, then it's an easy clear over the last guy.


Month and a half later, and I finally went back and beat the game. :D I guess I just kept missing the jumps to the upper platform before, but I did it twice in a row earlier. Thanks for the tip.

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Re: htoL #NiQ: The Firefly Diary (PSV - Feb 2015)

Postby KarisSelmon7891 » Sun Jan 18, 2015 1:43 pm

I couldn't preorder by the normal way, so I did by paypal. I only put forty dollars in my Paypal account, but am I safe even if didn't put money in my account?

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Re: htoL #NiQ: The Firefly Diary (PSV - Feb 2015)

Postby Shizuka » Mon Jan 19, 2015 2:18 pm

KarisSelmon7891 wrote:I couldn't preorder by the normal way, so I did by paypal. I only put forty dollars in my Paypal account, but am I safe even if didn't put money in my account?


I believe they remove your money from Paypal at the moment of the order, even if it's a pre-order. If it went through, I think you're good.

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Re: htoL #NiQ: The Firefly Diary (PSV - Feb 2015)

Postby FiveOVER » Sun Jan 25, 2015 9:13 am

To those who played it, how long would you say the average length of the game is?
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Re: htoL #NiQ: The Firefly Diary (PSV - Feb 2015)

Postby lazyfan » Wed Jan 28, 2015 11:05 pm

LE is sold out. SE is now at 0-5% of stock.

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Re: htoL #NiQ: The Firefly Diary (PSV - Feb 2015)

Postby lazyfan » Sat Jan 31, 2015 11:06 pm

Standard edition and LE are now sold out. Hope everyone got their orders in.

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Re: htoL #NiQ: The Firefly Diary (PSV - Feb 2015)

Postby Screwy » Sun Feb 01, 2015 3:33 pm

Not true. The Play-Asia stock is still there, which puzzles me.
Why did Play-Asia get stock when NISA said it was gonna be exclusive to Rosenqueen (I dunno why, but I like using that name over "NISA's Online Store". I get nostalgic)?
Unless I brushed over somethin?
Either way, I hope we see some more stock. I'm willing to get this soon if I can get a hold of stable stock.

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Re: htoL #NiQ: The Firefly Diary (PSV - Feb 2015)

Postby Seventh » Sun Feb 01, 2015 3:39 pm

Play Asia probably ordered some to scalp. They do that.
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Re: htoL #NiQ: The Firefly Diary (PSV - Feb 2015)

Postby lazyfan » Sun Feb 01, 2015 6:52 pm

Screwy wrote:Not true. The Play-Asia stock is still there, which puzzles me.


I was referring to the official store, not any that are reselling them marked up. But yes, Play-Asia did get some. I suspect to scalp, though not as badly as some people on ebay.

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Re: htoL #NiQ: The Firefly Diary (PSV - Feb 2015)

Postby whackthatdevil » Mon Feb 02, 2015 11:52 am

It's the only way to get a physical copy if you're european so I'm okay with this.

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Re: htoL #NiQ: The Firefly Diary (PSV - Feb 2015)

Postby Screwy » Mon Feb 02, 2015 1:21 pm

Actually, that raises a good question.
Why is it that Criminal Girls is getting a normal production run when Firefly Diary, a game that has much more consumer interest, is getting a limited one?
CG has much less interest (the LE isn't out of stock yet a day before release) thanks to the censorship backlash.
So why limit Firefly Diary's?

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Re: htoL #NiQ: The Firefly Diary (PSV - Feb 2015)

Postby Seventh » Mon Feb 02, 2015 1:30 pm

Screwy wrote:a game that has much more consumer interest
I don't think it actually does. It also doesn't really warrant it either, I think. It's essentially NIS' go at making a game the way indie games are made, and this retail release was something that wasn't even on the table originally, remember.
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Re: htoL #NiQ: The Firefly Diary (PSV - Feb 2015)

Postby lazyfan » Mon Feb 02, 2015 1:54 pm

Firefly Diary was made with the intention of it being treated like an indie game. The budget for it is small, and the intention was always for it to be digital only. Like Japan we got a limited physical release for those interested, but even then the physical releases were fairly cheap in comparison to other vita games.

CG has much less interest (the LE isn't out of stock yet a day before release) thanks to the censorship backlash.


I don't want to drag this out outside of the Criminal Girls forum, but censorship is not the only reason why some people are not interested in CGs.

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Re: htoL #NiQ: The Firefly Diary (PSV - Feb 2015)

Postby WiseYuri » Mon Feb 02, 2015 3:55 pm

I'm just gonna put this here: please release retail copies of the game in europe, too, i would love to have this in physical form.
I get that this isn't meant to be a big project, but i'm just gonna say it makes cringe a little to see Criminal Girls (or other games less well know made by other developers) is actually seeing a retail release, and this one (which is developed internally, if i'm not mistaken) not.

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Re: htoL #NiQ: The Firefly Diary (PSV - Feb 2015)

Postby bill jocko » Wed Feb 04, 2015 12:17 am

Screwy wrote:Actually, that raises a good question.
Why is it that Criminal Girls is getting a normal production run when Firefly Diary, a game that has much more consumer interest, is getting a limited one?
CG has much less interest (the LE isn't out of stock yet a day before release) thanks to the censorship backlash.
So why limit Firefly Diary's?


To sell a game a certain way, it has to be agreed upon by everyone involved. This means NISA's parent company (or whoever they license the game from), the distributors, and the retailers. And of course, the first-parties involved too (Microsoft for instance has a parity clause so some games have to be altered, delayed, or updated in order to fit a release date). It's possible that for Firefly Diary, it was agreed-upon that it would be a PSN-only release. If this is the case, the price points may have already been decided on internally, and with their licensor (in this case the parent company). Not saying that it was impossible to shift that around, just that if they would maybe have a hard time selling the same game at retail at $39.99 when they had originally planned for it to be a digital release. Considering the decision was made after Anime Expo 2014's reveal trailer, it was probably in response to fan requests. Or at least partially (that original trailer made it sound like a PSN-only game). If that actually was the case, then Firefly was out in the public eye already, and a decision to make a $20 digital game a $40 retail release would probably rub people the wrong way.

The reason I bring up the price point is because the storage medium the Vita uses is expensive. It's like the 3DS, DS, and every Game Boy cartridge stretching back to 1989. When there's more people involved in the process, it means more people have to be compensated for their work too. So PSP games could be $30 at retail when Vita and 3DS games kind of have to be $40 in order for everyone to make money.

With regards to Criminal Girls, the preorder was announced after Firefly Diary and the game was launching before Firefly Diary. There was way less time to preorder the game in comparison. Coupled with the fact that the game could be picked up elsewhere (it wasn't exclusive to the NISA Online Store, unlike The Firefly Diary), it's not surprising it didn't sell out before the game came out.


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