At Anime Expo in Los Angeles this past weekend, Mangagamer announced that they would be bringing episode one of 07th Expansion’s 2007 visual novel Umineko Ni Naku Koro Ni to Steam later this year under the title Umineko: When They Cry. The novel will feature the original Japanese soundtrack, the ability to switch between new sprites exclusive to this version of the game, and those found in the Japanese version, which were drawn by author Ryukishi07. The translation for this new version of Umineko will be provided by The Witch Hunt — a fan group which previously released a patch based translation for the Japanese version of the game.
With a name that roughly translates to “When the Seagulls Cry” in English, Umineko is an eight episode long visual novel recounting the story of the Ushiromiya family as they meet for a yearly family conference on the tiny island of Rokkenjima, which lies just off the coast of Japan. Though at first their troubles consist entirely of issues of inheritance and the family patriarch’s ailing health. A string of murders connected to a mysterious figure known as the Golden Witch soon turns the island into a living hell of death and blood.
For more 07th Expansion check out our past interviews with Ryukishi07, Umineko’s author, from January here and our video interview with him at Anime Central in May here. Both interviews contain spoilers for Umineko so be careful!