Visual Novel Maker is out today but costs a lot

Don't listen to her, Willow. Make your own decisions.

Lovers of dating sims, rejoice. Thy time is now. Visual Novel Maker, a game-making tool that lets you create your own choice-driven stories, is out today. It’s priced at £46/$60, though. That isn’t so surprising, considering that it’s made by the same folks who do RPG Maker, which has always been expensive outside of a sale. But when Ren’Py is free and does more or less the same thing, £40 feels like a lot.

The appeal is in the drag and drop nature, I imagine. You can use scripting as well, but it’s an optional layer of control. Obviously, they want this to be as easy as possible for beginners and non-technical folks. They’re also bundling it (for a higher price) with something called Live2D, which lets you animate your characters, as the developers explain:

Live2D is a fantastic utility that allows you to animate a character without having to create a 3D model or having to draw every single animation frame. With Live2D, you can add a myriad of extra features to your character – such as animating their mouths when they talk or giving them body language that conveys their dialogue and personality better.

Although that particular type of model needs to be made in Live2D itself, they say, a tool that is sold separately (you can find it here).

Visual Novel Maker is on Steam where a sale has it at about £40 for its release.

5 Comments

  1. Someoldguy says:

    It’ll be interesting to see if it gets any traction when use of Ren’Py is so widespread and support for developing in it is reasonably accessible.

  2. Seafoam says:

    You know I’m happy it costs that much. At least the person using it has to have some level of dedication because of the price.

    I’m all for free stuff don’t get me wrong, but the possibility of a huge influx of low quality and effort DeviantArt-y fanfiction games is much worse.

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        I get the impression that your existence doesn’t scare him as much as bore him. Having to wade through mountains of trash on Steam to find good games.

  3. DasBilligeAlien says:

    Some alternatives are:

    Ren’Py – free/opensource
    link to renpy.org

    TyranoBuilder – 15€ and a good community on steam. No scripting required
    link to tyranobuilder.com

    Belle Visual Novel Maker – free/opensource. No scripting required. Though it was buggy last time I used it.
    link to fr33mind.github.io