Today, acclaimed development studio HongCha Games have announced a new stunning visual novel set to redefine the genre called Far Away. This is HongCha Games’ first title set for a worldwide launch across Steam and mobile platforms. The story revolves around Krosa Nonet, a bay worker in the fictional town of Bedjan who becomes wrapped up in the city’s underworld. As the story unfolds, Krosa is drawn into a whirlpool of events where she’ll encounter gangs, detectives, and spies. There are multiple branching storylines and dozens of choices that need to be made. Each decision impacts Krosa and the city. Over the course of the game, 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.
Key Features of the game 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, and an original, unique soundtrack.
HongCha Games was founded in September 2019 by veteran video producer HJL Misaki. The team brought an experienced team from titles such as Shadowverse and Arknights. The stunning visuals are from famed artists who brought characters in Girls’ Frontline and Arknights to life. The studio shares an interest in anime, JRPGs, and Doujinshi culture. Far Away is the studio’s first game and will be released on Steam and mobile platforms in 2021.
“As a studio, we wanted to create rich, interactive storytelling. Videos were too simple and limited our ability to express ideas,” says Misaki who serves as Lead Producer on Far Away. “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.”