A playable demo for Fruitbat Factory’s Chuusotsu – 1st Graduation: Time After Time is now available! The final stretch goals of the Kickstarter campaign (we’ve previously written about it here) have also been revealed as a new opening movie, limited physical artbook and an all-new side-story from Studio Beast; Chuusotsu – 1.5th Graduation: The Moving Castle! Expected to be 1-2 hours in length, it introduces a new character and will be included with pledges over $15 if met. Funding for this will start after the new CG stretch goals have been met.
Life a Little’s slice-of-life romance visual novel, A Butterfly in the District of Dreams (originally titled Dare ka ga Koi Shita Hankagai, or Darekoi for short), has been released by Sekai Project! First released in Japan in 2013, Darekoi is set in a town named Olive Village, which happens to be paradoxically old-fashioned and refreshingly new. Further confounding regular perception, time seems to not pass at all beyond the course of a regular day. Thus our protagonist, Yumesaki Haruki, strays from the university path and partakes of the story of Olive Village and its residents.
Fruitbat Factory have launched a Kickstarter to localise Studio Beast’s (creators of J.Q.V Jinrui Kyuusai-bu ~With Love from Isotope~) all-ages visual novel, Chuusotsu – 1st Graduation: Time After Time. Originally released in Japan in August 2016, Chuusotsu – 1st Graduation is the first chapter of the Chuusotsu series but can be played as a standalone game.
CONTENT WARNING: This visual novel contains blood splatter and descriptions of suicide/murder.
Zetsuna’s back, this time with Miniature Garden! Development was from Muzintou and released in Japanese back in 2015 (under the original title of 箱庭の学園 or Hakoniwa no Gakuen) and Fruitbat Factory picked the title up for localization.
Unisonshift’s A Clockwork Ley-Line trilogy is now on Kickstarter! Set in an isolated boarding school with a clock tower deep in the mountains, the protagonist Koga Michiru is a first year student who accidentally breaks an expensive-looking statue on his first day. Along with the other boy who caused the incident, the principal orders them to work for the school’s ‘Bureau for the Investigation of Special Affairs’. There they learn that magic exists and once the clock chimes, the ‘Realm of Night’ appears and together they try to protect the school from magical items known as ‘Mists’.
Purple Software’s time-travelling visual novel ChronoClock has been released by Sekai Project! It previously had a Kickstarter campaign to offer backers limited edition goods and a collector’s edition of the game. This was incredibly successful and raised over four times the original goal of $20,000.
The Steam version of the game is now available with a 20% discount for $23.99/£18.39 until 7th March (normally retailing at $29.99/£22.99).
Fruitbat Factory have announced that they will be localising the psychological yuri visual novel, SeaBed by Paleontology. The story is told from the perspective of three different characters: Mizuno Sachiko, Narasaki Hibiki and Takako. Sachiko is a designer haunted by hallucinations of her ex Takako, who suffers from developmental amnesia which causes her to forget her past. Hibiki is a psychiatrist interested in human memories and is friends with Sachiko.