Milky Way Prince: The Vampire Star Announced for Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC

Milky Way Prince: The Vampire Star Announced for Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 June 2020 / 356 Views

Publisher Santa Ragione and developer Lorenzo Redaelli have announced "visual novel about an abusive relationship, idealization, and intimacy," Milky Way Prince: The Vampire Star, for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store. It will launch for PC first in Q3 2020 and later for consoles. 

A demo will be released on Steam as part of the Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition on June 9. The demo will support English, however, the final release will also support French, Italian, German, and Spanish languages.

"Santa Ragione always seeks to create games that both challenge and enlighten players and Milky Way Prince felt like a perfect fit for us to expand upon our mission as a studio," said Santa Ragione co-founder and studio director Pietro Righi Riva. "We hope Milky Way Prince leaves everyone as captivated by Lorenzo’s touching story as when it first caught our eyes."

View the announcement trailer below:

Here is an overview of the game:

A visual novel about an abusive relationship, idealization, and intimacy.

Live a summer of dysfunctional love through branching storylines, twists, sudden changes, and a special mechanic where you choose which senses to use with your boyfriend. In these moments, you will learn about him, his personality, and his past, making you question everything.

Theme:

Milky Way Prince: The Vampire Star is entirely designed, programmed, illustrated, and scored by a very young author, Lorenzo Redaelli. The story itself is partially autobiographical.

“During my experience with a borderline partner, I thought that falling in love with him was like becoming part of a binary star system. It’s the rarest, most precious thing in the universe—but the closer they get the more unstable they become. My idea was to create an immersive experience where the player is asked to try to understand the dynamics of this unusual relationship. The character you interact with adapts their behavior to yours—using academic terminology, they could set up ‘rage tests,’ ‘love bombing,’ or otherwise guilt trip you. The plot’s branching storyline is guided by variables such as ‘submission’ and ‘interest’ that fluctuate at each interaction.”

Key Features:

  • Semi-autobiographical dark romance story.
  • Branching narrative paths with multiple endings.
  • Intimate new sensory gameplay system.
  • Character art inspired by Suehiro Maruo and Masaaki Yuasa.
  • 3D environments influenced by the stage design of Robert Wilson.
  • 30-plus minutes of baroque electropop original soundtrack.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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