Gay visual novel Chasing the Stars is a steampunk and retrofuturistic game set to be released this year. It is the second gay game from developer Ertal Games after its boarding school-themed visual novel A Hand in the Darkness arrived on Steam earlier this month.
Chasing the Stars Offers Threesomes and Multiple Endings
In Chasing the Stars, players assume the role of Tirs Abril who is studying environmental engineering at college and longs to part of Earth’s colonization efforts on the planet Alaya. But Tirs won’t just be making tough choices as he chases his dreams, he will also be navigating the messy aftermath of breakup with his boyfriend and will be able to find a new love too.
Currently raising funds on Kickstarter, the game has raised twice the amount of its €1,500 goal and has unlocked all of the stretch goals (including partial voice acting.) Speaking to me in an email, developer Ertal Games explains that the crowdfunding goal was the minimum required to pay the game’s artists. The “really attractive” and “very unique” character sprites by the artist Kazeen and the CG art by Kurosilver are a significant draw.
But Chasing the Stars isn’t just a popular title because of how it looks. Promising around 75,000 words and a playtime of seven to eight hours, it’s one of the more substantial visual novels on the block. The fact that it offers a variety of 18+ love scenes will have helped too.
Three love interests are available for Tirs and there are top and bottom love scenes as well, which is an option also not seen in most VNs. Ertal explains that “relationships and sex should be portrayed realistically” and that “I think most Western visual novels will be offering [a top/bottom] option from now on, to be honest.”
Gay male fans let down by the representation of sex scenes in other titles may be happy with the prospect, but some may fear that Steam will require Chasing the Stars to be censored. Ertal has thought of that already, though, and isn’t worried. The game lets people skip all adult content including the kissing scenes and so there is “no need for a censored version, since the player will be the one who chooses how much they see!” Problem solved; look out for this on later this year.
Chasing the Stars will be released on Windows PC and Mac later this year. A demo is available here.
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