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Moon Chronicles to Hit Europe in Q4 This Year, Including All Episodes in One

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

No episodic approach outside North America

Renegade Kid's Moon Chronicles: Episode 1 has been available in North America since mid-May, with episode two on the way relatively soon — this episodic remake of DS retail game Moon will ultimately arrive in four parts. Its arrival in Europe has been held back to date, however, with the developer telling us the following when we asked about a release in the region earlier this year:

Due to the requirements of PEGI, USK, and OFLC, it is unfortunately a fact that any future releases from us in Europe will be delayed after the North American release because they require a final game build before evaluating a game, and a review time of 10 days, whereas the ESRB does not.

The studio has now confirmed to us that Moon Chronicles will arrive as one download in Europe and Australia that contains all four episodes; Q4 is the target release window.This will mean, from the developer's perspective, that the title will only undergo one set of ratings procedures with PEGI, USK and OFLC for PAL regions.

Are you looking forward to Moon Chronicles in Europe? What do you think of the all-in-one Q4 release plans? Let us know.

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User Comments (26)

clavier141

#1

clavier141 said:

Sounds like a good idea! I was considering this but I was gonna skip cause I didn't like the idea of having to add more funds every time I wanted the next part. If it's all-in-one, then I'll probably get it!

shane1228

#3

shane1228 said:

I really liked episode 1 but with these big gaps in between episodes it really kills the story or the enthusiasm for wanting to continue playing the series. This is the right way to do it. My advice to anyone who hasn't played it yet in US, wait for all the episodes to be released then get it.

Iggly

#5

Iggly said:

I would've loved it if Renegade Kid did the same for NA because I'm personally not a huge fan of episodic games. Though the only exception would be the Walking Dead Games from TellTale Games.

Nintendojuenger

#6

Nintendojuenger said:

If I’m not totally wrong, it’s the first game from Renegade Kid in Europe after 2,5 years - the moon release must be disinformation?

Jollykarp

#9

Jollykarp said:

:L Would have preferred the episodes actually. I don't want to play through the first chapter and realise I don't want to play until the end.

eviLaTtenDant

#10

eviLaTtenDant said:

So Bomb Monkey didn't get released in Europe because of these rating procedures and maybe more localisation?
Geez, i understand why they need to be there, but i speak English decently and am of legal age. Why do i have to suffer? >=o|
Even if Bomb Monkey is not affected, i do think that the extra costs and efforts are the reason for a lot of games not getting released in Europe.

andrea987

#11

andrea987 said:

@Nintendojuenger Mutant Mudds on Wii U and ATV Wild Ride on 3DS were 2013, if I remember correctly.
On topic, I approve of the full release, will definitely consider it.

Edit: scratch that, I thought they were already here, apparently not.

OptometristLime

#13

OptometristLime said:

Episodes are stupid, actually, I just checked.

There will probably be some kind of discount rate for the whole package, which would be much preferable to a slow drip of content at the going rate.

Morph

#14

Morph said:

Im not sure I understand renegade kids problem with releasing in europe, the rules are the rules just get on with it, can they afford to forgo revenue by not releasing titles?

I know this one is getting released and in this case it makes sense to distribute it as 1 download, but in future i hope they dont let the european rules dissuade them from releasung here

SilentHunter382

#15

SilentHunter382 said:

While disappointed that we couldn't get the game in chapters. The only good thing is that we will have the complete game from the getgo and won't have to wait for the other chapters to be released.

readyletsgo

#16

readyletsgo said:

Its such a pity it takes so long to get approval here in Europe for all games, but what can you do, maybe a new boards rating system could be put in place for all of Europe.

I am into getting this for a while now and I liked the idea of episodes as it would be something like €7 or €9 a pop. But now, hmm, whats the price gonna be for it all in one download? €40, I'll have to wait and see.

On a side note, this is another example of devs announcing a game way too early and then having delays totally out of their hands, such as this with the Ratings boards in Europe. I wish, they could just make the games without saying what they are, send them off for approval and when its passed, then announce it for release, be it a week after the approval that is needed or 6 months but at least we would all know its coming for sure.

But I know thats not going to happen casue the internet and in America its just so much easier for Devs to have games rated and passed and sent out and make some profit to work on their next game hopefully.

unrandomsam

#18

unrandomsam said:

Episodes are fine (Using the Half Life 2 model.)

Moon is not though it was garbage on the DS and you cannot polish a turd.

Giygas_95

#19

Giygas_95 said:

@unrandomsam Ah, you finally got yourself an avatar! :)

@KnightRider666 I agree because I played the first episode, but this wait is sort of killing my interest. I may just wait until all the episodes are out because I don't like having to stop in the middle of the story.

Tops

#20

Tops said:

At least it means all the episodes will be coming by the end of the year...for those that want them (I'm not one :()

Shambo

#21

Shambo said:

I'll gladly replay this in wide screen 3D, and I'm even glad it's no longer episodic. Still, all those age ratings... It's getting ridiculous, Europe. Glad I don't live in Germany, they really mess up box art over there, with an age rating covering way too much space up on the front of the boxes.

RCMADIAX

#25

RCMADIAX said:

@readyletsgo Yes, game ratings in North America are so easy. I can get a rating from ESRB in under 5 minutes. PEGI, USK, and I assume OFLC(haven't done this yet) are such a pain. You have to spend hours, perhaps even days preparing all these "submission materials", then some more hours at the bank sending them their ridiculous fees. Wire Transfers? Why, in 2014, do we have to wire transfer money? Have they not heard of Credit Cards or even PayPal? The ratings system in Europe is so very bad and I feel for the gamers because they are going to end up missing out on some great content. It needs to change.

readyletsgo

#26

readyletsgo said:

@RCMADIAX Why is it it only takes a few mins to get a rating in the States but in Europe it can take much longer? Do the Mafia run the Ratings system in Europe or something? lol

I guess overall its not something the EU would like to change, but its just annoying when Shovel Knight comes out in America now and reviews are up and we all see them here in Europe but then we have to wait months for a release of said game. And by that time it does come out I might have lost interest in it and moved on to something else so the Dev loses out on my €7 or €10 or €15, along with other folk around Europe who moved on, or wait for a sale on said game.

Its just such a shame, but its not top priority here I guess. Oh well.

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