After being stagnant for a long period (AKA unofficially dead), the english visual novel localizer Hirameki is officially dead. According to the statement on their official site on January 2nd 2008 (yeah, a bit OLD’D) Hirameki finally announced they have quit the visual novel business. As some of you might know, Hirameki consists of the cool dudes that brought us the english version of the famous Ever17 and Phantom of Inferno. But just like how many fans have predicted, their business is the kind that won’t last long considering the unpopularity of visual novel in US. Not to mention how most of their games are difficult to get so most of the small numbers of visual novel fan prefer to just download their games from torrent sites.
Hirameki might not be the best visual novel localizer out there but I have to admit their quit from this business is truly a sad news for non-japanese visual novel fans everywhere.