By Steve Baltimore / September 8th, 2020
The time has finally arrived! International 9tail and JAST USA have launched the Kickstarter for VenusBlood Hollow. This time the story takes place in the Holy Land of Helvetia. The Empire’s veteran warrior Leonhardt Arknoah is yearning for his freedom from Empress Karvia. She has forced him into a life of servitude, and has tasked him with taking over three surrounding nations. In a fated encounter with a young girl named Sylvia, who is Known as the White Princess of the Empire, he discovers that she is Karvia’s younger sister. Sylvia deposes the tyranny of her older sister and to two set out on a quest for revolution!
I was huge fan of the previous title, VenusBlood Frontier, and while this title looks very similar, there is deep Strategy RPG gameplay, Goddesses can be morphed into powerful corrupted forms and of course multiple endings. Not only is their endings for law and chaos, but each heroine has an ending as well. There are also some sub character ending and one secret ending. All these endings along with several difficulties and a new game+ give Venus Blood Hollow a ton of replay value. You can check out my review of VenusBlood Frontier if you want a more in depth description of how this battle system works.
Let’s talk a bit about the reward tiers being offered by this Kickstarter. 9tail has a great variety of physical and digital goods for fans of all tastes. Starting at around $38 you can snag a digital copy of the game with a digital wallpaper set. or you can kick in just a few buck more at $54 and add on a digital OST and artbook. A Physical copy will set you back $75 and if you want a physical OST and artbook you can hit up the $90 tier. Other tiers include rewards such as Dakimakuras, Tapestries, Canvas Art Key Chains and more. If the tier you wish to purchase doesn’t include a physical reward you want most of them can be included in as an add on.
As of right now VenusBlood Hollow has $75,901 of its $124,188 goal. It would be nice to smash through that soon just see what kind of stretch goals 9tails would add to this already fantastic project. The game will be releasing in All Ages on Steam with a free 18+ patch. JAST USA will have an 18+ version on their site as well. You can also check out a free demo on JAST USA!