Ryukishi 07th Reveals Ciconia When They Cry Has Four Episodes in Total

07th Expansion, one of the most popular doujin game studios, will be launching very soon a new game part of their iconic When They Cry visual novel series: Ciconia When They Cry. 07th Expansion’s co-founder Ryukishi 07th published several messages on Twitter on July 26, revealing more about Ciconia and the current state of 07th Expansion.

First off, Ryukishi 07th mentioned many are wondering if Ciconia When They Cry is a one-shot or will have sequels, as in new Episodes. Ryukishi 07th revealed that Ciconia When They Cry will be made of four Episodes in total. The upcoming Ciconia game is the first Episode.

This is shorter than the previous entries in the series. Higurashi When They Cry and Umineko When They Cry were both made of eight main Episodes in total. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean Ciconia in total will be shorter.

Ryukishi 07th also mentioned how Ciconia When They Cry will be sold at a higher price than all their games so far. It’s particularly more expensive than back when they first released Higurashi. Ryukishi 07th spoke about how back then, he would sleep around four hours a day, and was in a life situation where he could freely use his time and energy. However, he’s much older now and doesn’t have the luxury to do this anymore.

Ryukishi 07th’s main and favorite job at 07th Expansion is writing the games’ scenarios. In order for him to keep focusing on this task, a large number of 07th Expansion’s veteran staff is helping with Ciconia‘s development. All of 07th Expansion’s staff is now considerably older than when they worked on Higurashi, whose first Episode released at Comiket 62 in August 2002.

Ryukishi 07th mentioned how 07th Expansion is no longer a group of “mad young people” who could pour all their time and skills into their independent work. Some have taxing day jobs they need to balance their lives with. Some have health problems related to aging. Some got married and wish to spend more time with their families.

Ryukishi 07th explained they decided on Ciconia When They Cry ‘s higher price tag when taking all of this into account. Ciconia will be sold for 3500 yen plus Tax in Japan. It is sold higher than past 07th Expansion games. Ryukishi 07th mentioned he feels quite sorry about it, especially seeing Higurashi‘s Episodes were sold for around 1000 Yen.

At the same time, Ryukishi 07th believes that Ciconia When They Cry is a game that was only made possible thanks to all the situational changes they experienced in life. Ciconia is a game they could only make right now.

Ryukishi 07th added that Ciconia has high-quality screenplay, and how the game’s script is over 400 000 characters in Japanese. In his final tweet, Ryukishi 07th asked us to look forward to Ciconia and to please preorder the game if you’re interested.

Ciconia When They Cry is being localized by The Witch Hunt, the same group which translated Umineko. Ciconia is supposed to be launching simultaneously in and outside Japan, with MangaGamer handling the distribution in the west.

Ciconia was initially supposed to launch during Comiket 96 in August, but was later delayed to late September.

Later on, the 07th Expansion official Twitter revealed October 4 as the release date for Ciconia When They Cry. 07th Expansion is currently hard at work to finish the game before then.

Preorders for Ciconia opened on July 26 in Japan. As such, new screenshots of the game’s Japanese version were published. They can be found below.

Umineko When They Cry Saku will also launch in Japan on October 4. Umineko Saku is a game containing all the Umineko Episodes plus a brand new one. It’s an ultimate version basically. Screenshots for Umineko Saku‘s new Episode were also published.

Ciconia When They Cry‘s opening animation sequence was recently revealed as well.

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Ciconia When They Cry Opening Reveals Returning Characters from Higurashi

07th Expansion revealed the opening animation sequence of Ciconia When They Cry, the next installment in the When They Cry series. Like with every visual novel, every doujin game, and every low budget Japanese game ever, it’s made up of no real animation besides sliding portraits of the various characters. However, the song sung by Maria Sawada and overall rhythm makes it unbelievably cool if you’re used to such opening animation sequences.

When They Cry author Ryukishi 07th already confirmed Ciconia is completely different than his works so far. Unlike Higurashi and Umineko, the previous installments of the When They Cry Series, Ciconia most notably has a much bigger focus on sci-fi rather than horror. It doesn’t take place in a confined space, and it doesn’t take place in the eighties either. Ciconia is set in a post World War 3 universe, whose nuclear winter was avoided thanks to a new technology called the Gauntlet, which allows its wielder to fly like a fighter jet, deploy a battleship’s firing power, and repel attacks like a tank.

The protagonists of Ciconia are a group of Gauntlet Knights trying to prevent World War 4, a hard task when they’re treated like pawns in the international games played by those pulling the strings. The story depicts whether these characters will end up killing each other or not and if they can prevent the tragedy of war despite being mere pawns.

Despite its differences, Ciconia will definitely be linked to Higurashi and Umineko, as the opening sequence reveals lookalike characters to Miyo Takano, Jiro Tomitake, and Tetsuro Okonogi from Higurashi. It is far from the first time Ryukishi 07th reuses certain characters from Higurashi in other works, and if you know the story elements introduced in Umineko, it’s definitely not the last time either. Even works unlinked storywise to the When They Cry series, such as Rose Guns Days, also include lookalike characters as Ryukishi 07th once explained he likes to reuse characters without story reasons, as if they’re actors playing a role.

It’s also worth noting Ciconia‘s opening animation was revealed by 07th Expansion right when Japanese clocks hit July 15th midnight. July 15th is the birthday of  Umineko‘s protagonist Battler Ushiromiya, so fans like myself are expecting him to be making an appearance too.

Ciconia When They Cry, or Ciconia ga Naku Koro ni, to cite its Japanese name, was fully revealed in November 2018 with a first trailer.  Ciconia was supposed to release next Comiket, C96, in August, but was delayed to late September. When announcing the delay, Ryukishi 07th shared new comments about Ciconia on Twitter and explained that 07th Expansion needs a bit more time to complete the game.

Ciconia When They Cry will release on PC in Japan this September and will simultaneously receive an English release by MangaGamer. Ciconia‘s English localization is handled by The Witch Hunt, the same group which translated the Umineko games in the past.

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