By Angelina Tang
Popular Japanese rhythm game Project Sekai: Colorful Stage is following in the footsteps of games along the vein of Bandori and Ensemble Stars!! by releasing a Korea-localized edition of the app. Pre-registration has opened on the Korean App Store and Google Play already, and this version and all its translations will be handled by the company Nuverse.
Over the past one and a half years, Project Sekai has been swiftly growing in popularity. Featuring Vocaloid characters such as Hatsune Miku, the game has springboarded off of a large and enthusiastic fandom and gained traction in the process. The original game is Japanese, while English and Taiwanese versions were released around the first anniversary in October of 2021.
Nuverse also handled the Taiwanese version of the game, which leaves the upcoming Korean server with high hopes, since Nuverse has gone the extra mile to implement unique features to its regional servers, such as stamp contests and animated CGs in the stories.
In addition, as with other originally Japanese games, questions about whether or not there will be certain censorship rules come into play. More specifically, the song Sebonzakura, which talks about the Meiji Restoration and militarization of Japan, is known to be censored in Korea–likely due to the historical abuse the country suffered when Japan occupied it in the imperial era.
Project Sekai is an anime-style rhythm game, originally developed by Sega, Craftegg, Colorful Palette, and Crypton Future Media. It features a cast of 25 original characters and six vocaloids and beatmaps set to vocaloid music. Some of the maps are the hardest on the market, and competition during in-game events is extremely high. In addition, original stories are written for the characters that can be unlocked as one plays. Their themes vary from cute and typical otome genres to extremely dark storylines and everything in between, making Sekai accessible to all.