(Joshy and the gang certainly have been busy announcing new upcoming titles for 2020 and 2021 and now unveiling their “developmental” brand. Way to go doods.)
So Studio Élan recently introduced a publishing wing called Bellhouse. Put simply this is the branch to help up and coming yuri developers, be it Visual/Kinetic Novels, Manga, Comics or whatever other form of yuri/LGBT+ media with female protagonists that fit their criteria a chance to get more eyes on them. Their “NXT” before it became the 3rd brand of WWE basically. For now the focus is on games with other media becoming viable the bigger the company gets. I thought I’d help promote their “developmental” branch and their two premiere upcoming titles.
First up we have the conveniently titled First Snow by Salty Salty Studios.
Plot Summary: Allison Merlo is a fresh college student struggling with the new challenge of independent life away from home, but the enigmatic artist Eileen Turner catches her off guard…
More detailed summary courtesy of this OPRainfall article:
Having moved away from her friends and family to attend community college, Allison Merlo is a fresh student struggling with the day to day challenges of life.
Faced not only with living independently for the first time, but also having to get past her nerves to find new friends in an unfamiliar environment, she finds herself falling in with a group of eccentric writers and artists.
As she pushes through this new stage in her life, the art of the cold and enigmatic Eileen Turner takes her attention, setting her on a course she never expected.
A beta version will be made available soon followed by the full game along with an optional 18+ Patch. Stay tuned to SSS or SE for more info on this title.
Next up we have a dark fantasy title in Without a Voice by Adirosa who is the head of L³ (L Cube, I think). Originally part of the 2016 Yuri Game Jam the March 20th release will be the Definitive Edition.
Plot Summary: In the depths of a dark and unforgiving forest, an exiled princess whiles her time in solitude. For a girl raised in the lap of comfort, the woods are impossibly harsh, and day-to-day survival is the most she can manage. One day, however, a mysterious, beautiful maiden appears, throwing her world out of its already delicate alignment. The princess is instantly captivated by this stranger, and begins to fancy herself the heroine of a fairytale, even as the maiden proves herself to be less and less of a fantasy.
Foolish princess. She should know by now that her life is no fairytale.
In seven days, the wheel of fate will splinter. Seven days, for better or worse…
Interracial couples are my jam, yes.
Both games are free but in Adirosa’s case picking up Without a Voice on itch.io and donating some moolah has extra perks as shown in the below tweet: