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In 1993, Gainax, the studio better known for its animation work such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, released the second in their Princess Maker series. Originally planned to have an English release, that ran into some issues and was cancelled, condemning it and the rest of the series to follow to never get an official translation. While some fan translations were done, the series never officially made it to the West, not even when the title got a remaster in 2004 with Princess Maker 2 Refine. However, this is 2016, and that means that this classic game is getting an updated release on PC and an official English translation.

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In Princess Maker 2 Refine you play the role of a father who has to raise a princess who was bestowed on him from heaven. You were chosen because your previous actions had led to the defeat of an army of devils that had invaded the land, and now for the next eight years, you will raise the princess from the age of 10 to the age of 18. Each month in the game you set up a schedule for her, which will impact what skills she trains from things like etiquette classes to  part-time jobs to learn about the real world, all the way to swordsmanship. You must also be careful of her status and make sure she isn’t overworked or ends up sick, because when you anger a deity about how their child is treated they may just decide on some divine punishment.

There are over 70 different endings in Princess Maker 2 Refine, and while your goal is to end up with a princess, that isn’t the only place she could end up going. As this is the Refine version of Princess Maker 2, the game will feature full Japanese voice overs. Beyond English and Japanese, it will also be out in Korean, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese. 

The Steam version will support modern resolutions and will have your usual Steam conveniences such as trading cards and achievements. Princess Maker 2 Refine comes out on PC in October and will be $19.99 on launch with a discount for pre-orders bringing it down to $14.99.

Correction: We listed at first the price was $14.99, but that is just the price for the pre-orders. Its main price will be $19.99. That has been fixed in the article above.

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Don Parsons

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I've been a gamer for years of various types starting with the Sega Genesis and Shining Force when I was young. If I'm not playing video games, I'm often roleplaying, reading, writing, or pondering things brought up by speculative fiction.