Clannad, Shuffle, D.C. II to Launch 3D Virtual World

From Anime News Network:

The Japanese technology news source ITmedia reports that five companies will launch ai space, a 3D virtual world where users can interact with bishōjo game heroines from Clannad, Shuffle!, and D.C. II: Da Capo II, this summer. Headlock (Detective Evangelion, Neon Genesis Evangelion Battle Orchestra) is developing the world which will have characters from the game developers Visual Art’s (Clannad), Omegavision (Shuffle!), and CIRCUS (D.C. II: Da Capo II). The Dwango online service provider will support the service’s infrastructure. Each game franchise will be recreated on its own virtual island.

Each users will be able to create his (or her) own avatar as well as select one bishōjo character as a personal character doll (“chara-doll”). The avatar and the chara-doll can then live together on one of the islands — complete with a house and furniture that they can buy. The chara-doll will be able to wear different costumes (based on in-game items), memorize various motions to act out, and dance. The developers claim that each chara-doll can develop a unique personality for each user.

The different islands will be connected by a tentatively titled “Akihabara Island,” where the different avatar/chara-doll pairs can gather for chatting and events. Dwango’s Niwango subsidiary plans to incorporate the Nico Nico Anime Channel from the Nico Nico Douga online video service (which boasts over 6 million users) into the virtual world. On the real-world Nico Nico Douga site, the companies have posted a teaser video that was presented at the last Winter Comic Market convention. The singer KOTOKO (Shakugan no Shana, Please Teacher!) will perform the first theme song.

Source: Canned Dogs

It’s like Second Life, only with Kyou, Kaede and Nanaka. Oh god… I am “tempted” to join in. But something in me tells me that I will be really, really sad person if I do so.

21 Comments

  1. desudesu Said,

    April 9, 2008 @ 2:55 pm

    >But something in me tells me that I will be really, really sad person if I do so.
    Not to mention everyone would look exactly the same.

    Fancy seeing 3248 Nagisa 3D models walking around?

  2. blissmo Said,

    April 9, 2008 @ 3:29 pm

    LOL! Sounds interesting but I think you’ll be a really, really sad person if you join :P

    Actually, I dunnoes, I’m not a big fan of any of those anime

  3. bluemist Said,

    April 9, 2008 @ 4:28 pm

    Honestly, I don’t know what to say except… ToHeart1/2 charas plz.

    But really, having an AI doll in an MMO setting seems kinda ronery. What are you supposed to do with other people online… flaunt your AI doll on virtual Akiba events?

  4. Ryggim Said,

    April 9, 2008 @ 6:05 pm

    It’s like Massive Multi player Online H Game XD Haha God what would they think of next.

  5. Zeroblade Said,

    April 9, 2008 @ 6:33 pm

    Now gamers don’t have an excuse not to have a girlfriend, albeit one that doesn’t actually exist.

  6. lanie-emon Said,

    April 9, 2008 @ 6:36 pm

    Wouldn’t mind playing if only to see Tama-nee, Nerine and Primula prancing around.

    But something would tell me that I will be totally horrified to see a bajillion copy of them walking around.

  7. Leviahan Said,

    April 9, 2008 @ 8:50 pm

    Ha? I don’t see anything sad be joining this game.
    I would have give it a chance for some time.

  8. Shin Said,

    April 9, 2008 @ 9:47 pm

    Makes cybering a whole lot more fun now \o/

  9. wildarmsheero Said,

    April 10, 2008 @ 1:38 am

    >>But something in me tells me that I will be really, really sad person if I do so.

    Anime fans really have nothing to lose, though.

  10. Ithekro Said,

    April 10, 2008 @ 2:13 am

    Add Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, and you’ll get something special. Likely murder, but then it covers all the grounds.

  11. semtex Said,

    April 10, 2008 @ 3:14 am

    Seriously they are going to charge money from the people who join? What’s next, paying to get clothes and stuff to your doll so you can brag about it?

  12. EvilDevil Said,

    April 10, 2008 @ 12:27 pm

    OMG… is over man, is over!!!
    i can see myself hook on this… you monsters! why must you tempt me!!!!!

  13. ryvrdrgn14 Said,

    April 10, 2008 @ 1:56 pm

    Whoa, that’s a full frontal assault on all otaku! The carnage! The carnage! @_@

    It’s so blatant I’m suprised they didn’t do it earlier. XD

  14. Smash-Fear Said,

    April 10, 2008 @ 2:07 pm

    Hahahahahaha! Muahahahahahaha! Wahahahahaha!

    This is CRAZY! CRAZY! And so Japanese too! Honestly, the idea is intriguing, and sounds like it would be fun, like Second Life. We’re closer to the days of holodecks, eh? It sounds really tempting, and if I had the hardware, I’d probably join just to see what goes on, what it’s like, etc.

  15. Heero Yuy Said,

    April 10, 2008 @ 8:33 pm

    http://ai-sp.jp/

    That’s the site for the game.

    And I don’t know enough Japanese to fully translated EVERYTHING on the site but so far they’ve only got character models for Nagisa, Sia, and whoever that is from D.C. II (sorry, I only bothered with the original D.C. so I don’t know her). All I know is I hope they have Asa and Kaede….Kyou would be nice too…

    But hey think of it this way, it’s sorta like everyone has their own persocom!

  16. Micchi Said,

    April 11, 2008 @ 4:11 am

    The DCII chara is Otome. I hope that they don’t only make models for the heroines, but also secondary charas. I’d LOVE to have Ryou. However, Nagisa, Kaede, Yume and Nanaka are fine too :)

    They say it’ll be out this summer, but we’ll see…

  17. Fat Nakago Said,

    April 11, 2008 @ 11:46 am

    In many ways, and on many levels, I have two words for this:

    EPIC FAIL!!

  18. ryvrdrgn14 Said,

    April 11, 2008 @ 11:55 am

    I’m guessing this will turn into a whole lot of “I’m not gonna play that, really!”-while-actually-playing-it kinda situations. XD

    It’s like that Egyptian river…

    Let’s be more honest. I think it’s at least cool enough of an idea to try out. I mean it’d be a great break from killing demons, undead, orcs, and whatnot from your usual online games. If they give it a feature similar to Idol Master I’d be totally sold (Code E cast plz!) XD

    Maybe they’ll even set Traps! (You realize later on that the girl you picked was the guy from Otome wa Boku ni Koishteru! Pwned!)

    Plus it probably won’t have all that beastiality, cross-species interbreeding, torturing/punishing/abusing young school girls odd stuff that you find in Second Life. (No, that wasn’t a Second Life ad for you over-the-edge people! XD) O_o;

  19. Telliamed Said,

    April 11, 2008 @ 1:47 pm

    Call me when there’s a Botan avatar.

    And Kaede better come with a boxcutter accessory.

  20. Onion Said,

    April 12, 2008 @ 5:33 pm

    Now you too can hand out wooden starfish to the cast of Shuffle! Clannad, and D.C II!

    DOZO!

  21. Unholy Saito Said,

    April 16, 2008 @ 2:37 pm

    . . . . . I just went to the website. But seriously. Though the temptation is there, those without partners(Suffice to say, ichuunoonna) should feel abit sad for themselves (unless you follow the fap first think later concept, then meh)x-x Still, the thought of Tomoyo+Kyou in there is baiting me. eewwwwviiviilllll I tell you. Time to play their arc o-ob

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