The picture book-styled visual novel by Japan-based video game developer, Chosuido, will finally be available in the West next month.
Chosuido’s ghostpia Season One is a captivating visual novel that boasts colorful picture book-like visuals and is inspired by nostalgia. It follows the mysterious story of Sayoko as she searches for answers about the isolated town, surrounded by a vast desert of snow and stuck in an endless loop unable to fit.
Ghostpia Season One was initially released in Japan last month, on March 23rd, for the Nintendo Switch with both English and Japanese language support. A few days ahead of its release in Japan, UK indie publisher PQube announced their plans to publish ghostpia Season One in the West. Today, PQube revealed that the game will be released on May 23rd for the Nintendo Switch. Get a sneak peek at the exciting features of ghostpia Season One in a new trailer from PQube’s official Youtube channel:
As described by Chosuido, ghostpia Season One encompasses both elements of cruel cuteness and melancholy violence. It is a vibrant visual novel filled with shifting perspectives, cute sound effects that replace speech, and a linear story that immerses players in an experience that is different from typical visual novels.
The illustrations ghostpia Season One are in a hand-drawn picture-book style. To fully sink into the nostalgic lo-fi aesthetic, players have the ability to turn the glitch effect on or off. Players can also rewind the game similar to old-school VCR.
In addition, ghostpia Season One features a cast of memorable characters each with strange and unique personalities, full of quirks and slices of unexpectedly dark humor. Players will be on the edge of their seats as they deal with the twists and turns that arise as Sayoko navigates the black hole of her memories. Sayoko is not one to shy away from dangerous situations and crime if it means getting what she or her friends need.
Ghostpia Season One is quite reminiscent of the 2020 role-playing video game, Omori. This is particularly true for how it combines a charming hand-drawn visual style with a dark narrative. In contrast to Omori, ghostpia Season One, being a visual novel, is mainly centered on providing an interactive story experience.
You may follow PQube’s Twitter account to be updated when the ghostpia Season One page on the Nintendo Store goes live.