Milky Way Prince – The Vampire Star, a visual novel from publisher Santa Ragione and developer Lorenzo Redaelli about intimacy, idealization, and abusive relationships, strikes up a torrid affair on Windows PC and Mac today with versions for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One coming soon.
Nuki is an idealistic young man who comes across Sune, who resembles the Milky Way Prince from his childhood stories. The pair quickly begin a passionate relationship, but this is not a storybook romance. Nuki must balance taking care of and supporting Sune with his mental health issues, while not losing his identity and self-worth to his partner.
Take in an interactive, branching story with multiple endings, discovered through dialogue choices and the senses system. During the pair’s intimate encounters, use Nuki’s senses to trigger different reactions, and discover hidden truths about Sune that take the relationship to dark, unexpected places.
Milky Way Prince is a semi-autobiographical story, created by Italian multimedia artist Lorenzo Redaelli. A graduate of Cinema and New Media in Milan who sought to explore games as an artform, Redaelli created all the core content in the game, including the script, artwork which fuses Japanese and abstract influences, and the electropop-meets-baroque soundtrack.
Redaelli teams up with Italian studio Santa Ragione for his first game release. The award-winning studio is known for its award-winning and best-selling titles MirrorMoon EP, FOTONICA, Wheels of Aurelia, and the upcoming Saturnalia. It now counts Milky Way Prince among its striking collection of titles, as part of an initiative to publish games from up-and-coming Italian creators.
“Santa Ragione strives to make games that push the bounds of what games can be, and it was time for us to support others who believe in that mission,” said Pietro Righi Riva, co-founder and studio director, Santa Ragione. “It’s an honor to work with Lorenzo and to bring his one-of-a-kind vision and story to the world.”
Milky Way Prince – The Vampire Star is available now on Windows PC and Mac via Steam, the Epic Games Store, itch.io, GOG, and the Humble Store at a 20% launch discount of $7.99. A soundtrack bundle available for $9.99, the game features English, French, Italian, German, Russian, Spanish language support.