(c)アリスソフト Box art
|Release date||April 28, 2011|
|Genre / Rating||SLG / 18+|
Daiteikoku (literal translation: "Big Empire") is a visual novel and simulation game set as a sci-fi epic parody reminiscent of World War II. Players follow the colorful and extensive cast of characters—many of whom are inspired by figures of world history (similar to the anime Hetalia)—as they enact the major events which defined the World War II period alongside a slew of anime tropes, hijinks, and amorous interactions.
As a full-fledged eroge, Daiteikoku features several erotic encounters between the protagonist, Tougou Tsuyoshi, and the game's female cast. (No yaoi scenes are depicted in this game.) The player obtains scenes by completing specific events and gameplay objectives. For players who wish to enjoy the game without viewing erotic content, all but a few scenes can be avoided by not selecting "H" events as marked.
The first notable fan-driven English translation project was established on June 23, 2011. Before its abandonment due to lack of active translators, the project had reached 35% completion in a downloadable release published on March 10, 2012. This release remains the most developed translation to date. A number of translators over the years have attempted to revive the project, but no further publications have been made.
Another team of fan translators moved to continue translation on September 2, 2015, three months after English publisher MangaGamer announced a licensing partnership with the game's original publisher, AliceSoft. This licensing partnership gave MangaGamer official rights to translate and localize AliceSoft games, including Daiteikoku, to the English market. After discussion with MangaGamer's in-house translator, Arunaru, fan project leader ArtresLayfon would announce the termination of the project before it could begin. In the announcement, ArtresLayfon offered the impression that their translation effort was "rendered obsolete" by the possibility of a future release.
As of September 12, 2017, no further news regarding either official or fan translation of the game has been announced.
Long before the universe united, its many planets were inhabited by small human factions. Nations were established, yet navigation to other regions in the universe—essentially making contact with others—was impossible. Such travels at the time would have required hundreds of years.
However, The Empire of Aeris soon discovered strange bodies scattered throughout the universe. Upon further research, they learned these, hence called "warp gates," enable one to instantly move from one location to another. This advancement allowed many regions, previously isolated from each other, to begin making contact—thus beginning the Age of Discovery.
Over time, major powers were established through conquests, destructions, and submissions. The current universe is the very result of this.
It is now 939 A.D, and conflicts continue. At the summit is The Empire of Aeris, the world's largest nation, still at large due to their warp gate technology. They vow to unite the universe and restore peace to the world. In contrast, The Empire of Japan—the world's oldest nation—is nearly ruined after prolonged wars with The Empire of Chun. But, unable to bear the death of the previous minister and numerous veteran admirals, the Empress (Mikado) takes drastic measures. She appoints Tougou Tsuyoshi, a renowned, unorthodox admiral, in charge of the nation's navy, which must be rebuilt from practically scratch. Mikado has an eye for potential men, and she believes Tougou Tsuyoshi has what it takes to protect The Empire of Japan.
Downloadable Content Edit
Daiteikoku's latest content update is 1.02, which adds several new features. Specifically, new gameplay enhancements enable the player to scout enemy forces before invasions, to reconstruct tech buildings, to begin a new game with collected fish ships, to perform emergency repairs, and even to create custom admirals. The game's post-release content also includes new events and ships.