Publisher Sekai Project has announced upcoming visual novels at this year’s Sakura-Con. Catgirls, ninjas, and point and click adventures are all underway.
The publishing and localization studio Sekai Project has announced a slew of upcoming titles at Sakura-Con. Their first reveal is the return of catgirl ninjas, with NEKO-NIN exHeart 3 being officially worked on by the publisher. We don’t have a release date for the visual novel, but Sekai Project has revealed that they’re halfway done with the localization efforts.
The game will see a return of the animal-eared cast of ninjas bound by an ancient contract, as well as three new key characters, which have been introduced with the following official descriptions:
CV. Sakura Yorunaga
A beautiful yet high-handed young lady who comes to crash at the hero's house in typical (?) fashion. Has a habit of saying things are "quite exquisite," but neither her words nor her actions are very exquisite, to say the least. She is all-around very panicky, which is disappointing. She is, however, a good girl on the inside... one assumes, at least. Somewhat of a junkie for beast-eared girls, in addition to lovingly doting over her two attendants, she has been falling head over heels for Maya's charm as of late. And she also seems to have a rather deep relationship with Saiha.
“Perhaps this is a more fitting introduction? I am the next leader of the Saiga Clan! Successor to the Magoichi name... Saiga Himari!"
CV. Maya Suzuya
A self-proclaimed true cat ninja who wields the Demon Blade Murasame and a member of the Satomi Hachi-nyan Ninjas. She is supposed to be serving the hero in similar fashion to Ritsu and Maya, but she shows up alongside of Himari. Since she is the silent type of very few words, even her comrades think that it is hard to even guess what is on her mind at any given time. When the chips are down and her friends need her, she usually takes an all too galant stance and actively steps to the forefront, but this has the unfortunate result of making people think that she's a combat enthusiast and that the red from fresh blood is her favorite color, among other such misconceptions. Thing is, she is so shy and introverted that she can't even bring it in herself to refute those claims (even ones by her own teammates). She needs kindness and understanding. Also, she is a dog, not a cat. No doubt about it.
CV. Rin Mitaka
A tiger-eared maid who came along with Himari as her attendant, just like Shino. That is a title that she even gives herself, confirming that maid is the proper nomenclature. She also seems capable of using ninjutsu for the most part. To our hero, she is a breath of fresh air by the way of being the mature older sister type, with a kind and gentle appearance being her defining characteristics. But if one pays careful attention to her, you can sometimes see that she has an almost deadpan nature. In a certain sense, she is the hardest to get a proper gauge on. As a shikigami-user she masters all sorts of creatures, but her favorite is a tiger named Taison.
"I'm quite greedy when it comes to this. I always look for the most optimal result♪ Now, prepare yourselves."
In addition to the new sequel, Sekai Project has announced that NEKO-NIN exHeart 2 Love +PLUS will come to Steam on April 26th. The game is a standalone DLC featuring four short stories about characters from NEKO-NIN exHeart 2. The novel will follow Yura as she tries to win over Haruki, while Tama is enjoying new adventures as a magical girl. Meanwhile, Ritsu is trying to get a job and Maya adopts a stray cat.
The publisher’s next announcement was Ninja Girl and the Mysterious Army of Urban Legend Monsters ~Hunt of the Headless Horseman, which will be coming to Steam on June 27th. The visual novel is set in an urban fantasy world where a pair of two girls lead a dual life. During the day, they pretend to be cafe owners, while at night, they hunt dark creatures threatening the people.
Sekai Project has provided a Japanese preview video to give you a glance at what’s coming. A demo will be coming soon as well.
Next up was the announcement of Exogenesis ~Perils of Rebirth~, which is already available on Steam for $29.99 in early access. This adventure game puts you in the shoes of Yudai Sayashi, who once led a group of treasure hunters. The group disbanded after Yu’s sister, Miho, triggered a trap and died on a hunt. Years later, Yudai finds clues about the Noah’s Ark, whose rumored powers may be able to resurrect his sister. Driven by his desire to bring her back, he assembles the team once again.
You can find out more in the official description below:
Exogenesis ~Perils of Rebirth~ is an epic ADVENTURE GAME/VISUAL NOVEL HYBRID which combines the point-and-click gameplay of adventure games with the heavy focus on storytelling found in visual novels.
It's 2069. Yudai Sayashi’s ragtag club of “treasure hunters” known as Durchhalten faces tragedy, as Yu's sister Miho carelessly triggers a trap that kills her.
Two years later, Yu comes across a startling discovery. The mythical Noah’s Ark, borne of legend by those who believe the Old World can be restored, turns out to be real.
Yu learns about the existence of the Lazarus Protocol inside Noah's Ark – a system that can recreate anything from the past – and goes on a search for the Ark, believing Miho can be brought back to life.
Before setting out to find the Ark, however, Yu must reunite the now defunct Durchhalten. The group had disbanded after the tragic incident, and he wants everyone to be there when Miho opens her eyes once more.
- Many hours of gameplay - A full-length adventure several novels long, a world to explore, as well as numerous puzzles to solve.
- Important moral choices that affect how the story plays out.
- High replay value with multiple endings and branching story paths.
- Memorable cast of characters whose fates are determined by your decisions.
- Stunning rendition of post-apocalyptic Japan with real-life landmarks.
- Mysterious, intricate plots both personal and of larger scale.
- Mind-boggling, thematic puzzles - Contextual puzzles that make sense to the game world and aren't just there for the heck of it.
- Character interrogation - Gather physical and circumstantial evidence and use those as leverage in recruiting your former comrades.
Mature Content Description
The developers describe the content like this:
Violent scenes, on and off screen deaths, mild gore, mild explicit dialog, references to child sexual abuse, references to sex work, mentions of suicide, and references to cannibalism.
Aside from those new titles, Sekai Project has spread its wings to other digital marketplaces, with two of their games recently coming out on Discord. A Magical High School Girl is an isometric roguelike RPG in which you explore large maps, learn new spells and use them to defeat wandering monsters. You can also combine two spells to create new ones.
Heart of the Woods is a yuri mystery visual novel about two girls exploring a mysterious remote village known for its paranormal phenomena. Searching for new material to put on her vlog, Tara and Maddie stumble upon a very lonely ghost bound to a forest.
You can find out more about the game in the description below:
Heart of the Woods is a fantasy yuri visual novel about paranormal investigation, ancient mysteries, and a love between two girls that transcends life and death.
Maddie Raines has had enough. After years of serving as manager, editor, and general business-handler for her best friend Tara's popular paranormal vlog channel, she's finally ready to move forward with her own life. But when she agrees to take one last trip with Tara to the mysterious village of Eysenfeld, she's suddenly swept up in a dangerous supernatural crisis that will change the course of both of their lives forever. A strange young woman named Morgan has promised them undeniable proof of real paranormal phenomena, and what she has to offer eclipses anything they’d ever seen before.
However, out of all the strange occurrences the three of them bear witness to, one in particular captivates Maddie in a way she’s never been before: the ghost of a young woman. This woman is Abigail, the victim of a centuries-old injustice now bound eternally to the forest surrounding Eysenfeld. Drawn to Maddie in a way she can’t explain, Abigail reveals herself to another person for the first time in more than 200 years.
While Tara and Morgan investigate the mysteries surrounding the village itself, Maddie begins to form a bond with Abigail that grows to be more intense than any bond she’s felt before. As she learns the truth about Abigail’s death and imprisonment, she realizes that it falls to her and her friends to break the curse that has ruled over Eysenfeld for centuries. But more importantly than that, it falls to her to finally free the woman she loves.
Ending their announcements, Sekai Project has directed thanks to their supporters and asked for participation in the 2019 customer survey you can find here. You can also read the whole announcement page here.
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