Muv-Luv is a visual novel developed and published by Age in 2003 that has since become a large franchise spawning several sequels, spin-offs and adaptations into other media. The title was originally released for the PC as an eroge but an "all-ages" edition was created in 2006, which removed all the adult content, and was later ported to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 by 5pd. A direct sequel called Muv-Luv Alternative was later released in 2006 for the PC. An English version of Muv-Luv was released by Degica Games on the PC more than a decade after the game's initial publication in Japan on July 14, 2016.
Age's copyright holder, Ixtl, and Degica, publisher of the RPG Maker series in the West, launched a Kickstarter on September 24, 2015 to fund the localization of both Muv-Luv and its sequel, Muv-Luv Alternative. The Kickstarter began with a goal of 250,000 dollars but managed to raise over a million by the end of its 40 day campaign.
Degica's release used the fan patches by Amaterasu Translations as a base for their localization, although the scripts were extensively edited and retranslated. The English editions also contained several improvements over the original PC trilogy including HD assets from the console releases, an updated game engine and new unlockable content. All three games were made available for the PC on Steam as "all-ages" titles with the original uncensored content planned to be made available through an official patch at a later date. Ports for Android devices and the PlayStation Vita along with translations of Muv-Luv's fandiscs are also being created thanks to the Kickstarter campaign reaching all of its stretch goals.
Mu-Luv is separated into two chapters: Muv-Luv Extra and Muv-Luv Unlimited. The game begins with Extra with Unlimited being unlocked after the player completes the two main routes in Extra.
Muv-Luv Extra takes place in modern-day Japan where the player navigates the game through the eyes of Takeru Shirogane, a third-year student in Hakuryou High School. Lazy, carefree, loves video games. One day he wakes up with the daughter of a powerful family, Meiya Mitsurugi, sleeping in his bed claiming to be engaged to Takeru. This situation enrages Takeru's childhood friend, Sumika Kagami, and a series of comedic adventures ensues as the two girls compete with each other while Shirogane tries to decide who he truly cares about.
Muv-Luv Unlimited begins with the player waking up in an alternate timeline where extraterrestrials called BETA invaded the earth in the 70s. Instead of being executed as a suspected spy, Shirogane is given a second chance by this world's version of his previous instructor, Yuuko Kouzuki, and placed in 207th Training Unit with the alternate-world version of his previous classmates.
|PC CD-ROM||February 28, 2003||Original release.|
|PC DVD-ROM||April 30, 2004||Same as original.|
|All-Ages Version||September 22, 2006||Adult content removed, new opening sequences, CG sequences, minor script changes, ported to a new engine.|
|Xbox 360||October 27, 2011||Same content all-ages version, uses an updated engine.|
|Windows 7 Edition||June 29, 2012||Same as Xbox 360 version but with adult content restored. New openings not included. Compatible with Windows 7 and Vista.|
|Playstation 3||October 25, 2012||Same as Xbox 360 version. New openings added.|