Voltage (company)

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VOLTAGE Inc.
Industry Visual Novel
Founded September 1999
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Subsidiaries Voltage Entertainment USA
Website www.voltage.co.jp/en/

Voltage Inc (ボルテージ) is a Japanese developer and publisher of interactive story apps, such as visual novels and otome games, for iOS and Android devices. They also develop games with their San Francisco based subsidiary Voltage Entertainment USA.

History[edit]

The company originated in 1999,[1] based in Tokyo, and began to expand to English-speaking audiences in 2011, releasing English-language versions of their games through the Apple Store and Google Play. They went on to establish a US subsidiary company, Voltage Entertainment USA, in 2012.[2] Expanded versions of several of their games were previously released through GREE, however support for the GREE platform ceased in 2014.[3]

Voltage's American subsidiary, Voltage Entertainment USA, have released adaptations of existing Voltage games which have been localized to appeal to Western audiences. Beginning in 2013 the subsidiary began producing original games marketed directly to their English-speaking audience. By 2014 it was reported that Voltage had an audience of 22 million across all its games.[4] In 2017, Voltage Entertainment USA transitioned its AmeMix series into the app Lovestruck: Choose Your Romance.[5]

Games[edit]

Year Name Language(s) Genre
2011 Love Letter from Thief X Japanese, English Otome game
2011 My Forged Wedding Japanese, English Otome game
2011 My Sweet Bodyguard Japanese, English Otome game
2011 Pirates in Love Japanese, English Otome game
2012 Be My Princess Japanese, English Otome game
2012 Kiss of Revenge Japanese, English Otome game
2012 Class Trip Crush Japanese, English Otome game
2012 A Knight's Devotion Japanese, English Otome game
2012 Seduced in the Sleepless City Japanese, English Otome game
2012 In Your Arms Tonight Japanese, English Otome game
2013 Metro PD: Close to You Japanese, English Otome game
2013 10 Days with My Devil Japanese, English Otome game
2013 Kissed by the Baddest Bidder Japanese, English Otome game
2013 Serendipity Next Door Japanese, English Otome game
2013 Dreamy Days in West Tokyo Japanese, English Otome game
2013 Office Secrets Japanese, English Otome game
2014 Star-Crossed Myth Japanese, English Otome game
2014 Sakura Amidst Chaos Japanese, English Otome game
2014 Scandal in the Spotlight Japanese, English Otome game
2014 Enchanted in the Moonlight Japanese, English Otome game
2014 Kiss Me on Clover Hill Japanese, English Otome game
2014 Our Two Bedroom Story Japanese, English Otome game
2014 True Love Sweet Lies Japanese, English Otome game
2014 Be My Princess 2 Japanese, English Otome game
2014 Finally, in Love Again Japanese, English Otome game
2014 My Wedding and 7 Rings Japanese, English Otome game
2014 First Love Diaries - A Kiss on the Beach Japanese, English Otome game
2014 Her Love in the Force Japanese, English Otome game
2015 Butler Until Midnight Japanese, English Otome game
2015 Bad Boys Do it Better Japanese, English Otome game
2015 My Last First Kiss Japanese, English Otome game
2015 Gossip Girl: Style Your Love Japanese, English Otome game
2016 After School Affairs Japanese, English Otome game
2016 Era of Samurai: Code of Love Japanese, English Otome game
2016 Liar! Uncover The Truth Japanese, English Otome game
2016 Dangerous Seduction Japanese, English Otome game
2017 Irresistible Mistakes Japanese, English Otome game
2018 Our Private Homeroom Japanese, English Otome game
2018 Kings of Paradise Japanese, English Otome game
2018 In Your Arms Tonight Season 2 Japanese, English Otome game

Voltage Entertainment USA[edit]

Year Name Language(s) Adaptation of:
2012 My Lover's a Thief English Love Letter from Thief X
2013 My Killer Romance English 10 Days with My Devil
2013 White Lies & Sweet Nothings English My Forged Wedding
2013 Knight of My Heart English A Knight's Devotion
2013 Intimate Business English Office Secrets
2013 Glass Stilettos in Manhattan English Seduced in the Sleepless City
2013 To Love & Protect English My Sweet Bodyguard
2013 Speakeasy Tonight English n/a
2014 Queen's Gambit English n/a
2015 Astoria: Fate's Kiss[nb 1] English n/a
2016 Kisses & Curses English n/a
2016 Gangsters in Love English n/a
2016 Castaway! Love's Adventure English n/a
2017 Love & Legends English n/a
2017 Starship Promise English n/a
2017 Havenfall Is For Lovers English n/a
2018 Villainous Nights English n/a
2018 Astoria: Lost Kisses English n/a

Augmented & Virtual Reality[edit]

On January 13, 2017, Voltage Inc. released their first augmented reality title made available to users through the App Store and Google Play, entitled “Let’s Snuggle! AR”. The app is a unique first edition to the company's game portfolio, permitting fans of the Visual Novel romance apps to interact and talk with popular characters in a more personal setting. Following the release and success of the augmented reality app, Voltage Inc. created Voltage VR Inc., a subsidiary of Voltage Inc., dedicated to ensuring and providing fans high quality AR and VR games in the future. [1][2]

Year Name Language(s) Genre
2017 Let’s Snuggle! AR Japanese, English Augmented Reality
2017 Intimate VR: Eisuke Japanese, English Virtual Reality

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Originally titled Labyrinths of Astoria.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.voltage.co.jp/en/corporate/history.html Voltage Official Website Milestones
  2. ^ "My Sensual Journey into Japan's $90 Million Fake Anime Boyfriend Market". Broadly, Vice (magazine). 2016-03-18. Retrieved 2016-04-09.
  3. ^ "Voltage Inc. English GREE games to End Service in November". noobabble. 2014-09-26. Retrieved 2016-04-09.
  4. ^ "22 Million Women Worldwide Hooked on 'Otome' Romantic Dating Simulator Games". International Business Times. 2014-05-20. Retrieved 2016-04-09.
  5. ^ "Gamasutra - Press Releases - LOVESTRUCK: CHOOSE YOUR ROMANCE available on the Apple App Store and Google Play". Gamasutra. 2017-03-03.

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