Find the first part of the February Update right here.
So after just a few more weeks, we’ve gathered enough information to post another news update that is yet again featuring Visual Novel news exclusively.
First things first, the biggest news, or more likely the news I’m most excited about is the release of the first demo for the much hyped Visual Novel Flowers -Le volume sur Printemps, as well as an official release date for this little gem.
If you don’t know this one already, here’s a short plot summary:
In the middle of a forest isolated from the rest of the world lies Saint Angraecum Academy, an all-girls school. This is where Suoh Shirahane, a painfully shy girl with a mysterious past, will begin her first year of high school. Follow her as she navigates new friendships within the academy’s special “Amitiė” partner program and attempts to unravel the many mysteries at the academy, including occult rituals and the mysterious disappearance of fellow students, all while trying to pass her classes.
Within the halls of Saint Angraecum Academy, spring warms into summer, as does Suoh’s friendships until they too blossom into something much more.
The release date is set for March 21st, 2016, so you better get ready for this soon. If you’re interested, you can already download and play a free Demo Version on Steam. But be warned, after reading the comments for this demo, I’m pretty sure JAST USA, the ones behind the translation of this, still have a lot of work to do before they can actually release this.
Next up, we have two Visual Novels that just got greenlit. In case of the first one, Highway Blossoms, you can vote right here to get it greenlit on Steam.
Here’s a short plot summary:
Developed by Alienworks, Highway Blossoms is a short lesbian (or “yuri”) story set in the American Southwest. After an old gold rush miner’s journal is discovered,
supposedly detailing where he hid parts of his stash, a nationwide craze begins as would-be prospectors try to solve its clues and strike it rich.
Amber couldn’t care less. Wandering the desert in a recently-inherited motorhome, she mourns the loss of her grandfather – indifferent and unaware to the hunt happening around her. It’s not until she meets Marina, a young hitchhiker lost in New Mexico that the girls get swept up in the rush.
A tribute to music and Americana, Highway Blossoms is a linear visual novel experience. With an emphasis on romance and adventure, the game is sometimes somber and sometimes silly. We hope to write a game that both
long-time VN fans and newcomers to the medium can enjoy, as well as a fun contribution to the yuri genre.
Just like for Highway Blossoms, you can vote for the next one, namely Catch Canvas, to get on Steam right here, so be sure to leave your vote, if you want to play this Visual Novel.
Catch Canvas is a indie visual novel being developed by Unwonted Studios and partnered with Razz Art. You may recognize these names from games like No One But You and Starlight Vega.
In Catch Canvas, you start your adventure as you arrive at your uncle’s cabin. Your uncle, a world-renowned artist, has agreed to take you under his wing, and to teach you what you need in order to take your art to the next level. If you do well enough, your work may even be put on display at a prestigious, upcoming art exhibition, known for the instant fame it brings anyone lucky enough to participate.
Once you arrive at your uncle’s cabin, however, you discover that it won’t be so straightforward. Your uncle is nowhere to be found, and he has left you with the task of getting three young girls, all aspiring artists, to finish their Mars sculptures in a mere two weeks! Worse, the girls all seem totally unmotivated, and have no desire to listen to you, a complete stranger.
Can you help the girls finish their sculptures before the deadline?
We here at Unwonted Studios hope you all can help fill our empty canvas!!
Next up, we have something particularly exciting for all of the Katahane fans out there. Roughly 10 years have passed since this Visual Novel was first released, and right now, it seems that we might get a remake of this awesome Yuri VN. For more information, check OG-Man’s YuriNation, where I found out about this awesome news~
And last but not least, I have a few words I’d like to leave regarding everyone’s favorite topic lately, Kindred Spirits on the Roof. So first of all, yes, I’m playing it, and I’m about to finish it during this or next week, so a review is on its way. But that’s not really what I wanted to say.
A few of you guys have asked me if it’s really worth spending about 30 dollars on a Visual Novel like this – so here’s my answer:
YES!!! So far, it is worth every penny I spent on it. 30 dollars might seem a bit much, but the playtime is roughly about 20-30 hours, so it’s of course pricier than VNs like Sono Hanabira. Well, all I can say is, try the demo and decide for yourself. Personally, I can only recommend it.
Buy the game or get the demo right here.