Classic Visual Novel Clannad Seeks English Translation Via Kickstarter

If you love visual novels then you’ve probably heard of Clannad. Heck, you might have even played it with a fan translation patch in the past. Until now, though, there hasn’t been an official way for Western players to get their hands on Key’s classic title. Today that changes with an official English release¬†for Clannad arriving on Kickstarter.

This Kickstarter comes to us from none other than Sekai Project. Yes, they’re still funding for WAS The Hourglass of Lepidoptera,¬†too. Unlike that game though, Clannad has an incredibly strong fanbase as well as huge name recognition. The goal is set at $140,000 to offer professional-grade translation on this 50+ hour visual novel. Some of the funds will also go to licensing the Japanese voice acting cast.

Because Clanned is such a massive visual novel, it will have a price reflecting its high quality. If you hurry, you can nab an early bird copy of Clannad on Steam for $30. Once those 250 spots are gone, however, you’ll have to pledge $40 or more. Sekai Project’s latest campaign ends on January 9 and is set to raise far and above the initial goal.