Samuele Zolfanelli has published a variety of projects, but his game Dry Drowning, created in 2019, received many awards including a nomination for best debut game at the Italian Video Game Awards in 2020. Dry Drowning is notable for its strong focus on meaningful choices and world-building. The protagonist’s decisions can dramatically affect the unstable socio-political climate in the dystopian near-future.
The successfully Kickstarted VN Doki Doki Dollmaker features Lyle, the player character, who copes with the stress of moving to a new town by creating dolls with a mysterious sewing kit.
We caught up with the creator to discuss their inspirations, process, and the game’s full release.
You may recognize developer Boys Laugh + from their many published titles including //TODO: today, Defaction, and the currently updating Brassica. We caught up with the developers to discuss their visual novel background, their creative process, and their commitment to inclusivity.
Self-described as “partners in life, art, and game development,” Ze and Nim are the sole developers of the dark fantasy VN The Remainder.
With its bold, striking visuals, rich lore, puzzles, and inclusive romance system, the stories in the world of The Remainder have already been making waves.
We caught up with Ze and Nim to chat about their creative process, their inspirations, and what we can expect in the upcoming launch of The Remainder: Act 2.
Born out of the success of Highway Blossoms, Studio Élan self-describes their work as “uplifting stories of magic, fantasy, and love between women.” Since their founding they have launched successful titles such as Heart of the Woods, as well as their own publishing wing.
We caught up with Studio Élan founder Josh Kaplan to chat about Highway Blossoms, Studio Élan’s creative process, and their future projects.
GB Patch is known for their various published titles spanning many genres, most notably their hit visual novel Our Life: Beginnings and Always, which serves as the first entry to the Our Life series.
We caught up with GB, the founder of GB Patch, to talk about her visual novel career, the development process for Our Life, and the future of our relationship with Cove Holden
If you’ve ever browsed itch.io’s catalogue of story games, chances are you’ve come across one or more of npckc’s 30 published titles. Self-described as a creator of “cute story games,” her games have gained popularity and resonated with players.
We caught up with npckc to chat about her process and her projects.
Cooking Companions is not your average dating sim. The upcoming visual novel by Deer Dream Studio is already making waves, due both to its successful Kickstarter and the free version already available, titled Cooking Companions: Appetizer Edition.
We caught up with Deer Dream Studio to learn more!
Matthew Vimislik, or “Vimi,” stands out among visual novel creators for his bold, comic book-inspired art style. His visual novels display a high level of polish and unique programming elements, which are reflective of his extensive background in art, illustration, and game design.
Read on for an in-depth look at Vimi’s background, creative process, and his upcoming visual novel.
Katy133 is a very active member within the visual novel community. While working on her own visual novels, she also hosted a the Winter VN Game Jam, her own VN podcast, and spoke at Visual;Conference.
Learn more about her work, inspirations, and upcoming projects in our first official VN Game Den interview!