Announcing “Volleyball Heaven”

Hey, what time is it? TIME FOR A NEW GAME!!! Yes, and following what I said earlier this year, I would announce a game only when it’s quite advanced. What does it mean? Well at the time of writing this post, the main story is all finished and it’s being reviewed/polished.

As for the art, the main cast and several CGs are finished, but we’re planning to add several more CGs (including some VERY spicy ones…).

So the missing stuff is more CG art and scripting the whole thing. I believe it could be out before the end of year, of course depends also on the other games (if Love Bites comes out first, I’ll need to take a break of some weeks to test it).

This is a yuri-only game. This will make many people happy and other unhappy. However, I think I really owed the yuri fans something, considering all the delay of the <cursed game> and the “missing yuri routes” of Amber.

The training screen, where you decide what skill each character should try to improve

This is also a dating sim, with an emphasis on “sim”. Because as you could guess from the game name, you are going to manage a team of beach volley! And this includes training, and playing matches.

Playing a game week, each day several events can happen (skills increase and other stuff)

Regarding the matches: first of all, you will be able to skip them with instant result. So those who only want to play the game for the story won’t need to play them.

If you decide to play a match, you’ll need to pick the two players (in beach volley you play 2 vs 2):

Then, the match will play. For now in my current build, the match is non interactive and the outcome of each single action is based on the skills/stats:

It even features small animations for each action type (Dig, Smash, Serve, etc). I might introduce some more interactivity to the match later, like maybe some strategy that could modify the overall stats with bonus/malus system, for example “Play Aggressively”, will give a bonus to Strength and Determination, but will lower Teamwork and Technique and so on, so players could influence the match itself not just based on the players’ stats 🙂

Then, there will be the story, with choices, and the love interest (you can see them above but I’ll make a proper introduction for each one of them in the next blog posts). The story and writing is definitely MUCH MORE MATURE than anything else I’ve done before. It’s risky but personally I think will be worth it. You’ll be able to play the game “censored”, even if some hot scenes are key part of the story/characters. So… be warned 😉

And now I leave the word to the writer’s official game announcement!

Announcing: Volleyball Heaven

When 19-year-old Kayla Perrin leaves her eventful small-town past in rust-belt America to take up an athletic scholarship at upstart Asgard College on the Gulf Coast, she thinks she has reached heaven on earth. Imagining only a chance to start afresh after a troubled adolescence, and reuniting with her childhood best friend, Lana, little does she know what lies in store for her as she makes new friends and faces unexpected adversaries.

Abruptly drafted to captain the College’s nascent Asgard Valkyries volleyball team, which has experienced its own troubled development, Kayla soon finds herself striving to balance academic life with managing the squad and her social life.

As she tries to build a cohesive team with aloof heiress Jade, aggressive, hyper-competitive Zoe, controversial, secretive Rika, and unpredictable, newly estranged Lana, under the supervision of their driven coach, Emily, Kayla finds herself re-examining her past even as she strives to figure out her friends and her future. As for the present, Kayla must ensure that the team attracts publicity and sponsorship without becoming the object of salacious rumor and gossip.

Volleyball Heaven is a unique visual novel focusing on female friendship and love amid the complex social currents of contemporary America. Coming soon from Winter Wolves.

Hopefully, this time it’s soon and not “soon ™”* 😀

* it’s a joke often made in my forums, so that “soon” would in reality mean “it will be out ONE DAY” haha
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24 Responses to Announcing “Volleyball Heaven”

  1. adelrex says:

    Is this the same artist as the other yuri only game? I was uninterested in that because of the art style haha…I guess I’ll keep holding out for Cursed Game or C14 yuri. Also interesting that it also has similar themes to the other one? (beach/summer etc)

    • admin says:

      Yes same artist as Summer In Trigue. The main difference here is the mature themes and sexual content 😛
      Honestly I think the art is quite good (Shiori in Summer In Trigue is super cute, and in this game Jade is really hot). But of course I know tastes are tastes 🙂

  2. Bob "The Mob" says:

    “…with an emphasis on “sim”. Because as you could guess from the game name, you are going to manage a team of beach volley! And this includes training, and playing matches.”

    Does that by any chance mean that it’s possible to avoid any kind of yuri-based thing altogether, Jack? 🙂

    ‘Cause aside from it being a yuri thing it actually seems pretty cool! 🙂

    • admin says:

      I think should be possible to get an “alone ending” but some scenes are fixed/can’t be skipped since the main goal of the game it’s still to get together with one of the girls 😀

  3. Jule says:

    Was kinda hyped until I saw that it was a yuri game. I enjoy imagining myself as the MC while playin these kinda games, so having to play as woman destroys any immersion that I’d have.

    Hope you make a sports game where we can play as a dude in the future.

  4. lilypuff says:

    Woo! New game…which pushes all other games back in queue. Will I ever be able to make pouty faces at the “new” Elenor and Chanbara? ;_;

    • admin says:

      A new game doesn’t push back ANYTHING. It’s not like because someone is writing this game, that Loren 2 writer suddenly freezes and can’t write anymore! 😀
      Whenever I start/announce a new game I do this just to survive. Basically would be like this:

      Loren 2 would be out in 2020
      A new game is announced
      New game out in next 6 months – Loren 2 will still be out in 2020

      That’s it. I’m amazed that I still need to repeat myself every time I announce a new game. If I can’t make a game go faster, I try to release something between to get some cash to survive, it’s that simple 🙂

      • lilypuff says:

        Actually, I was just being dramatic. Like you said, you’ve been over this a couple of times already 🙂

        Keep up the good work. Your games are great!

  5. Larite says:

    I have a question if you don’t mind: I LOVE games focusing on female friendship, but I’m not a big fan of yuri. Do I have to romance someone to read main plot and friendship scenes or I can have friendsip routes without romantic relationship?

    Thanks in advance!

    • admin says:

      Hmm I think depends how you define “romance”.
      In this game as said in the post there are more mature themes, but also varies character by character. If you’re interested in friendship, there’s a really nice storyline going through the whole plot between Kayla and Lana (her childhood friend) which reminds me a bit of Chloe/Maxine relationship 🙂

      • Bob The Mob says:

        What does Chloe/Maxine mean?

        If that’s a strictly platonic, friendship-type thing, I might yet actually be able to get this.

        I wanna be able to support ya, Jack! 😀

        • admin says:

          Well I haven’t read yet the ending scenes, but maybe not exactly platonic 😀
          However not as hot as the others for sure.

  6. Franka says:

    Wait, you need at least one person telling you that this is awesome, so…

    THIS IS AWESOME!

  7. Kaesi says:

    Oooh this looks awesome.

    I love all of your games where you can be a female MC and have some kind of F/F relationship so I’m super hyped for this.

    <3

  8. Shawn says:

    Wow this game looks great! Day 1 purchase for me.
    Thanks!

  9. PertSam says:

    This just made my day. Finally a yuri game that seems like it will be released sometime this century 😀
    Jokes aside, i’m looking forward to this one, especially now that you’ve promised “mature themes”.

    • admin says:

      Haha, thanks. The mature themes of this game will be really nothing like I’ve done in the past. It’s a bit “scary”, but I want to try it and see what happens 🙂

  10. Rincewind says:

    Oh my, that’s a pleasant surprise, for sure!!

    While I must say that is not my prefered art style it looks pretty cute and the volleyball management sounds like a nice idea!
    (And now I’m having flashes of other yuri-sports combinations, like Scorching Ping Pong girls and Saki).

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