Touchstarved: A new monstrous Visual Novel from Red Spring Studio

TOUCHSTARVED is a gothic horror romance visual novel and debut game from Red Spring Studio: a small indie team made up of veteran game developers from Riot Games, Nix Hydra, Bungie, and more. The game will be crowdfunded via Kickstarter in Spring 2023 for release on PC and Mac.

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Jack Jeanne to get 3 Exclusive Limited Editions from Aksys Games

Fans to be spoiled with three special editions of the upcoming game created by Sui Ishida

Aksys Games today announced that the highly anticipated visual novel and rhythm game Jack Jeanne will receive three Limited Editions in addition to the Standard Edition. Created by noted manga artist Sui Ishida (Tokyo Ghoul), Jack Jeanne is expected to launch in June 2023 for Nintendo Switch™.

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Slow Damage, the latest Boys’ Love title from JAST BLUE, Releases this November

Hugely anticipated since its smash-hit Japanese release, the English translation of Nitro+CHiRAL’s Boys’ Love title Slow Damage will be released digitally on November 14th 2022.

Slow Damage is now available! Check out the full review for all the details: Slow Damage BL Game Review – Beauty in the Macabre!

Physical copies will be available for preorder through J-List and the game will be sold digitally through the JAST Store and GOG. JAST BLUE is currently exploring a Steam release in the near future as well.

Slow Damage tells the story of Towa, a hedonistic artist living in a yakuza-controlled city of the near future. Intent on painting people’s darkest desires, Towa seeks out extreme sensation and seedy underworld connections. But in exposing the truths of those around him, Towa may have uncovered more than he bargained for…

Game Details

  • Developer: Nitro+chiral
  • Publisher: JAST Blue (EN)
  • Platform: Windows (PC)
  • Genre: BL | Mature | 18+
  • Release Date: 2020 (JP) | November 14, 2022 (EN)
  • Preorder the Game: Digital | Physical
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Butterfly’s Poison Blood Chains (Chou no Doku) Switch Port with English language support

This morning brings some good news to the otome community! Taisho era, R18 otome game, Chou no Doku, Butterfly’s Poison; Blood Chains, is getting a Nintendo Switch port with English language support from Prototype! In the game, five young men pursue the daughter of a declining noble family.

While the initial Japanese PC release was an 18+ release, it appears that the new worldwide release date is November 11, 2022.

Game Details

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Exclusive Card Set Revealed for Paradigm Paradox [Press Release]

Yuuki’s ordinary life changes forever when she’s rescued by superheroes in this romantic sci-fi adventure

Hey Blerdy Tribe! Here’s some otome news hot off the presses! Aksys Games announced today that the upcoming otome game Paradigm Paradox will launch on October 27th and all first run copies of the title will include an exclusive set of 9 full-color character cards. Fans who order from the Aksys Store have the opportunity to add on a bonus soundtrack CD to their order while supplies last.

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Find Your True Love in Birushana: Rising Flower of Genpei this June!

I know everyone is eagerly awaiting the release of Idea Factory International’s Birushana: Rising Flower of Genpei. I am excited to report that the official website for the visual novel otome game Birushana™: Rising Flower of Genpei is now updated with the following:

  • Character Profiles: Shanao, Yoritomo Minamoto, Noritsune Taira, Tomomori Taira, Benkei Musashibo, Shungen
  • System: About the Game, Protagonist Name Change, Love Catch, Information Screen, Dictionary, Flowchart

Birushana: Rising Flower of Genpei will be arriving physically and digitally for the Nintendo Switch on June 28 in North America and July 1 in Europe. So, let’s check out the details on the game!

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Taisho x Alice All in One Now Available in Nintendo eShop

Yesterday brought us the surprise announcement that PROTOTYPE would be publishing Primula’s fantasy otome game, Taisho x Alice All in One to the Nintendo Switch! Well, today is release day and All in One is now available in the Nintendo eshop!

Game Details

  • Genre: Fantasy | Psychological | Otome
  • Rating: ESRB T
  • Developer & Publisher: Primula & Prototype
  • Price: $54.99 | English Text DLC Add-On: $4.99
  • Where to Get the Game: Nintendo eShop
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Primula Launches Site for New Title, “Qualia/Δ” Tentative English and Simplified Chinese Support

There is even more news for the joseimuke community! Yesterday, Japanese publisher, Primula (the team behind the much beloved, Taisho x Alice series) launched the official site for their upcoming title, “Qualia/Δ” for PC. While there has been no official localization announcement, the site launched with tentative English and Simplified Chinese support. So far, what we know is that this is not an otome game, but a romance title focusing on three main protagonists.

Game Details

  • Developer: Primula
  • Release Date: TBA
  • Platform: PC
  • Languages: Japanese (English and Simplified Chinese tentative support)
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Cheritz to Release New Title, The Ssum: Forbidden Lab This Month

April Fools Day is the time of year when just about everyone tries their hand at trolling the unsuspecting masses with false announcements and pranks–and each year otome lovers seem to get the short end of the stick. Within the gaming industry fake dating-sim announcements have been the prank of choice for most publishers, much to the ire of actual fans, so when Korean publisher Cheritz teased a new game on April 1st, let’s just say folks were skeptical.

But, I am happy to say that this is one announcement that isn’t fake! After four years in development, Cheritz revealed that their real-time boyfriend/companion app, The Ssum: Forbidden Lab is finally getting an official release on April 27th! The team has also launched an official site for more information on the game before it drops later this month.

Game Details

  • Developer: Cheritz
  • Release Date: April 27, 2022
  • Platform: Android | iOS
  • Languages: Korean | English
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Birushana: Rising Flower of Genpei Launches June 28/July 1 (NA/Europe) on Switch!

Idea Factory International announced during New Game Plus Expo that the otome visual novel game Birushana™: Rising Flower of Genpei will be launching physically and digitally for the Nintendo Switch™ on June 28 in North America and on July 1 in Europe. The Limited Edition and the Opening Movie Trailer also premiered during the NGPX showcase stream. Fans get an exclusive trading card when they pre-order the Limited Edition on the IFI Online Store!

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