If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy.

Visual Novel Maker is out today but costs a lot

The dating sims cometh

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.

About the Author

Brendan Caldwell avatar

Brendan Caldwell

List Goblin

Brendan likes all types of games. To him there is wisdom in Crusader Kings 2, valour in Dark Souls, and tragicomedy in Nidhogg.

Support Rock Paper Shotgun

Subscribe and get access to supporter-only articles, an ad-free reading experience, free gifts, and game discounts. Your support helps us create more great writing about PC games.

See more information

More News

Latest Articles

Rock Paper Shotgun logo

We've been talking, and we think that you should wear clothes

Total coincidence, but we sell some clothes

Rock Paper Shotgun Merch