Ninetail has launched a localization Kickstarter for their strategy / visual novel hybrid VenusBlood FRONTIER. Follow the half-demon Prince Loki as he sets out to conquer Yggdrasil. You’ll need cunning and skill to overcome the much stronger Demon heirs and Goddesses. You may even have to be underhanded, but hey all’s fair in love and war right? How you play this one is totally up to the player. Will you gather allies and rule empire peacefully ,or crush any who would stand in your way? Will you befriend captured Goddesses or brainwash them to be your loyal servants? The choice is yours, but choose wisely the fate of both the demons and humans is now in your hands.

Here is a more in-depth summary from the Kickstarter:

…Gods in heaven, demons on earth, and a giant floating continent inhabited by humans.
The continent known as the『Floating Continent of Yggdrasil』is also considered a floating miniature garden of the gods. It is a place where the human survivors of the great war live, the continent closest to the realm of the gods. The Demon Emperor Surtr who has his eyes set on that continent said this to his heirs:

“The one who brings me the Heart of Yggdrasil said to be safeguarded by the goddesses on the Floating Continent of Yggdrasil shall be the heir to my throne. As long as you get your hands on the Heart of Yggdrasil, I will not question your methods or your past transgressions. You are free to make alliances between yourselves, sabotage, or even ‘remove’ your fellow heirs as you would any obstacle. Kill and rampage as you wish, and prove to me your strength and worth!”

Hearing those words, Surtr’s heirs, all having motivations of their own, began their invasion of the Floating Continent of Yggdrasil. Among them, an ostracized member of the demon nobility, Loki, has also decided to participate in the prolonged battle for the throne.

To become the Demon Emperor means you will stand above and at the very top of every demon. If corrupting the goddesses said to be as beautiful and elegant as a flower in full bloom will be the key that leads to him gaining the throne, he saw no reason not to participate.

5 invading demons, and 5 goddesses fighting back. All the pieces have fallen into place. All that remains is for him to wager his own existence in this battle and fight. In a continent caught in a whirlpool of chaos and ambition, Loki’s own ambition burns brightly.

Here are some VenusBlood FRONTIER gameplay features:

★Army Composition 「Create your own divisions, building armies with unique synergies to overwhelm your foes!」 Create teams consisting of up to 6 units with varying skillsets into a division, allowing you to freely form teams tailored to your liking. In order to not be defeated by your enemies, the goddesses and rival heirs, your army composition will become a very important part of your strategy.

★Base Investment
「Make full use of your conquered lands and develop them!」
As the war on the Floating Continent of Yggdrasil continues, the land you conquer will only continue to grow.
Production of food and procurement of resources are important factors that keep an army running. Build structures on captured territory according to the needs of your army, whether it be facilities that generate more gold, food, magic, resources or training grounds for your men.

★Battles 「Conquer Yggdrasil!」 Invade the country governed by the goddesses, subjugate their capital city and capture the goddesses! Build your forces and capture enemy territory before finally launching an assault on the capital city in order to take over the goddess’ country!
「Friendship, or domination?」 Will you befriend the captured goddesses, or will you corrupt them, turning them into loyal servants who answer to your every whim? *Some scenes are only accessible in the uncensored version

★Corruption 「Corrupt the goddesses, and have them reborn as fallen goddesses!」 Corrupt the virtuous, gallant goddesses into depravity, and they will become a stronger and more loyal pawn. If you want a goddess that specializes in battle, you can even break the mind of a goddess, turning them into a mindless doll or even a battle-crazed berserker!

★Intimacy/Ruthless Training (some scenes are only available with the uncensor patch)

★Military Preparation/Growth
「Outfit your subordinates with equipment, and raise them to become stronger!」
As units gain experience, their status parameters will grow even higher.
The stronger your units get, the easier battles will become!

★The Routes of Law and Chaos
「Harmony or Pandemonium? Do the ends justify the means? You decide…」
Depending on your decisions throughout the game, your Law and Chaos ratings will change. Depending on your choices, how the story progresses could change…As well as the ultimate ending to your ambition.

★Multiple Endings
「Virtuous, Corrupted, Mindbroken…Decide, and lead the goddesses towards a new FRONTIER!」
Both the Law and Chaos routes have unique endings, as well as sub endings for specific heroines!
Do you opt to maintain peace, and settling down with your most beloved heroine…Or do you opt to throw the world into chaos, ruling as the new Supreme Ruler and keeping all the women to yourself?

Other Features

・15 main and side characters in this grand story with over 50 hours worth of content!

・Specific heroines have personal sub-endings alongside the unique endings for both the Law and Chaos routes, and this ending differs depending on whether or not the heroine(If a goddess) is corrupted or not!

・The protagonist and his alter ego are partially voice acted and all heroines and male side characters are fully voiced!

・Revisit any of your favourite scenes or listen to tunes with the CG and Music gallery, scene recollection with the ability to decide if a specific heroine is present or absent as well as if a specific goddess is corrupted or not!

I’ve seen a lot of Kickstarters in my years of working on the site, but this one is the most thorough and well presented one I’ve ever seen. There are a lot more details about the story, world, gameplay and even a trial version of the uncensored game found there. There are plenty of reward tiers to choose from if you decide to back this project as well. They include a wide variety of digital and physical goods, and I think the prices are pretty reasonable with a digital copy running you about the $35 or a physical copy running $65. They have Acrylic key chains, mugs, body pillows and even some tapestries to choose from. There are even have some samples up on the page, and I’d be totally lying if I didn’t say that Regret dakimakura wasn’t tempting. I’m sure the crew would be happy for any help on their way to the 150K goal!

VenusBlood FRONTIER will be disturbed on Steam, DLsite, and JAST USA is helping out as well. Steam users will be able to download a patch to uncensor the game day one from JAST USA.

Ninetail’s director, Keimaru, would like to say a few words…

The information I’ve presented here is but a fraction of what you can find on the Kickstarter page. VenusBlood FRONTIER appears to be one deep and engaging visual novel with some very solid strategy RPG elements to boot. I highly recommend if you’re a fan of either to check it out ASAP.

Steve Baltimore
Steve started with oprainfall not long after the campaign moved from the IGN forums to Facebook. Ever since, he has been fighting to give all non-mainstream RPGs a fair voice. As the site admin, he will continue to do this and even show there is value in what some would deem "pure ecchi." He loves niche games and anime more than anything... well, except maybe Neptune.