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.
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.
Zodiac•Axis is a fantasy-fusion otome visual novel by Studio Theophilus where you play as Alison Hart, a journalism graduate who joins an online tabloid specialising in ‘supernatural events’. You’re sent to investigate six individuals carrying the Spirits of the Zodiac, but you get caught up in various events and start to think that maybe journalism is harder than it looks.
VISUAL NOVEL DEVS UNITE
Zetsuna here, this time covering an online conference for visual novel (time to drink) developers by VN developers. It’s not only the seasoned pros though, but rather including and welcoming amateur and pro alike in a gathering of enthusiasts, in a mission to learn from each other.
So here I am, writing an aftermath article on one doozy of a conference hosted on the morning of Saturday January 14. Talks from experts ranged from business/project management, creative (artist, writer, and composer), and programmer perspectives.
Japanese School Life has been released on Steam by Sekai Project and code:jp! This is their first original IP where you play as Brian, a foreign exchange student in Japan. He gets along with two girls (Chiyoko and Arisa) in his class and spends the seasons with them, with many events to go to such as Comiket and the summer festivals.
Frontwing and Tokyo Otaku Mode have relaunched the Sharin no Kuni crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, with a goal of $80k. Sharin no Kuni is a popular visual novel made by AKABEi SOFT2 (G-senjou no Maou), which is set in a society where ‘Duties’ are imposed on those who break the law. The Special Elite rank is given to individuals which oversee the criminals. Morita Kenichi moves to a country town in the hopes of passing his final exam of supervising four of his female classmates’ rehabilitation.