When Nutaku debuted in December 2014, we had one major title to our name: Lord of Valkyrie. It was a bizarre little adventure game with fantastic characters, sexy events, and a community-building ‘comrade system’ that would be a template for almost every game to follow. It helped get our site off the ground and, for many people, it was their first taste of hentai gaming.
Unfortunately, not every game ages well. In just over a year, LoV has been eclipsed by a number of new releases, several of which offer the same intensely adventuresome style of gameplay with improved combat mechanics and friend features. Hitsuji Chronicle has been described as “an unofficial sequel to LoV”, and from the amount of players who have migrated to it from its predecessor, it seems the community feels that way as well.
Sadly, all these new games have turned Lord of Valkyrie into a bit of a desert: many old comrades are no longer active, and finding friends during off-hours to help fight against timed bosses is frustratingly difficult. Compounding this problem is that newly arriving players are overwhelmingly choosing games like Osawari Island, Aigis, or the mobile-friendly Dragon Providence.
The departure of players to newer titles means we’ve had to make a tough call: whether to keep an unprofitable game running, or shut it down and direct our resources to new projects. In many ways, the rising costs of server fees, content licensing, and event translation has made that choice for us. At the end of the day, our decisions will also be aimed at ensuring the health of Nutaku as a whole.
That said, we’re not quite willing to abandon the die-hard fans who came from Lord of Valkyrie in the early days and have stuck with it through thick and thin. For those of you who haven’t left for Hitsuji, we’re putting together an excellent gift package that will allow you to transition to one of our newest, most popular games as easily as possible. You'll arrive in Hitsuji with some uber cool gifts matched to your progress in LoV, and the most dedicated players can expect to find a rare ally waiting for them. Of course, if you want to truly revisit the Lord of Valkyrie world, Quiz of Valkyrie is waiting for you.
We’d like to thank those Lord of Valkyrie players who helped launch Nutaku in the early days, including those that play still and those that have moved on to other games. We hope you’ll keep with us as we continue to host new games and strive to bring the latest and greatest titles to you.
All the best,
The Nutaku Team