“Far Away” Visual Novel Wants to Redefine the Genre

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Far Away – Visual Novel (Image: PR)

From the Chinese development studio, HongCha Games, Far Away is an upcoming visual novel that wants to redefine the genre.

According to the press release, as the studio’s first title set for a worldwide launch across Steam and mobile platforms, Far Away tells the story of Krosa Nonet, “a bay worker in the fictional town of Bedjan who becomes wrapped up in the city’s underworld.”

The description reads:

This unique adventure sees Krosa drawn into a whirlpool of events where she’ll encounter gangs, corrupt detectives and spies. With multiple branching storylines and dozens of choices to be made, each decision taken directly impacts Krosa and the city. Players will need to find clues, explore perspectives on the same timeline and piece together the mysteries of Bedjan against the backdrop of a city filled with corruption.

As a studio, we wanted to create rich interactive storytelling. Videos were too simple and limited our ability to express ideas,” shared Lead Producer, HJL Misaki. “We’re excited to take visual novels to a whole new level. It’s allowed us to achieve our ideas and express emotions and actions that unfold in a unique way, in a world filled with secrets, danger, and alternative endings.”

The Key Features of Far Away include:

  • Stunning visuals from famed artists that brought characters in Girls’ Frontline and Arknights to life.
  • 500,000 words of text, 8 main storylines, and dozens of decisions to take.
  • The choices you make directly impact the story, its plot twists, and outcomes.
  • Explore noir themes in the murky underworld of Bedjan, and take on corrupt officials.
  • An original, unique soundtrack.

Published by the XD Network, Far Away can be currently wishlisted on Steam. It will be released on Steam and mobile platforms sometime in 2021.

As for HongCha Games, it was founded in September 2019 by veteran video producer, HJL Misaki. The studio brought together an experienced team from titles such as Shadowverse and Arknights.

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Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.

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