If you’re a fan of the classic PC88 and PC98 visual novels, indie developer Space Colony Studios and publisher Astrolabe Games have something for you. Sol Stories: The Hunting Dog is a visual novel inspired by the classics of those platforms, and it’s coming to PC via Steam sometime this year.
sun stories intentionally evokes classic PC98 adventure games like policenauts Y thief (Okay, the latter technically debuted on the PC88, but it has the same vibe about it.) It’s a visual novel that uses a retro-style green screen aesthetic to bring to mind those heady days, and judging from the game mechanics and ’90s anime-inspired artwork, it’s clear the developers have done their homework on this one. case.
You play as the security officer of the patrol ship Gun-Dog, which is assigned to investigate mysterious signals being transmitted from the edge of Jovian space. Naturally, this doesn’t work out well for you or the Gun-Dog crew, and before long, you’ll be fighting for your survival as you try to piece together what’s happening and why.
As for the gameplay, you will be able to fully explore the Gun-Dog and talk to its crew. You’ll have to have in-depth conversations with each crew member and investigate your surroundings to find out what’s going on, scrutinizing the words of your fellow crew members and paying attention to misleading statements. Of course, the team itself consists of a wide range of characters to meet, from the optimistic Cassandra Quinn to the imposing Chief Cathays.
Unfortunately, we don’t have a fixed release date for Sol Stories: The Hunting Dog yet, so you’ll have to wait a bit longer to get your hands on this one. When it arrives, it will be available in English, Japanese, and Simplified and Traditional Chinese. You can wishlist the game on steam right now if you want to keep up with its development. According to developer Space Colony, this will be the first in an anthology meant to express the studio’s love of old-school anime and retro sci-fi, so if you like the look of this one, there’s more on the way. Stay tuned for more news on this.