Olympia Soirée, Dairoku: Ayakashimori, and Variable Barricade Headed West Next Year

Aksys Games has been on a roll with otome releases and just recently brought another Code Realize title to the west earlier this year. With no signs of slowing down, Aksys Games announced this morning that Idea Factory titles Olympia Soirée, Dairoku: Ayakashimori, and Variable Barricade will join their library on Nintendo Switch in 2021.

The Nintendo Switch has become a home to some of Japan’s sleeper hits in recent years. Aksys’ three new titles will join the likes of a girls’ love visual novel from Studio Elan, Please Be Happy, and several others we covered in a round-up of some of the Switch’s best.

Olympia Soirée originally debuted in Japan early this year and follows the tale of Olympia, a young woman struggling to find a partner within her society’s strict class system and trying to perform a ritual that brings light into the world. The art in the Japanese trailer is striking and promises a colorfully good time with red, blue, and green-themed boyfriends.

Dairoku: Ayakashimori doesn’t quite have an English name yet, but like Olympia Soirée it was out earlier in 2020 for Japan back in May. In Dairoku: Ayakashimori, you’ll step into the shoes of Shino, a girl charged with the difficult task of overseeing yokai (and then romancing them).  Unprepared for what lies ahead, Shino will work to unify and monitor the supernatural beings. A Play-Asia blog post on the Japanese release also mentions a battle system, so perhaps you’ll be tasked with a bit more in this visual novel outside of the usual dialogue-based systems.

Last, but not least, Variable Barricade joins the list as the oldest of the bunch with its release back in 2019. Hibari is a determined young woman rejecting the path her wealthy grandfather tries to impose upon her. Setting her up in a luxurious villa, her grandfather begins sending potential suitors after her. As the guys vie for Hibari’s affection, she tries to stand firm without falling in love.

There’s no word just yet on which release will come first, but all three titles should be available in English speaking countries next year.

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Andrea Shearon is a news editor at TheGamer who loves RPGs and anything horror related. Find her on Twitter via @Maajora.

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