Chemically Bonded Releases Oct 13th on Nintendo Switch!

Indie publisher Ratalaika Games, together with developer ds-sans, is proud to announce the soon to be released graphic novel, Chemically Bonded. With over seven years experience working on this specialised genre with more titles in development, the focus is on creating titles that will endeavour to make this style of game even more popular.

Releasing on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Microsoft Xbox One,  Xbox Series S/X and Nintendo Switch, on 13th October 2023,  Chemically Bonded was created for a western audience based on anime and manga tropes.

What Awaits……………..Enter the melancholic life of an ordinary Japanese high school male as you become entwined in the dispute between two neighbouring female students.

Learn more about their past together as you piece together their relationship and mend their bond, all whilst forming new bonds of your own. You’ll be presented with both conventional and unconventional choices which shape the relationship formed with the girls. You could choose to help restart the Science club, or increase your athletic capabilities… all the while growing closer to the girl who holds the key to your heart.

The objective of the game is to mend the friendship between two students, Kiyoko and Naomi. This is done through in-game choices which affect the story and its outcomes. Find out what caused the breakdown in the relationship between Kiyoko and Naomi and learn more about each of the girls as individuals.

Kiyoko Ishikawa – Age 18 – As an aspiring scientist, Kiyoko prides herself on her ability to control her emotions through the use of logic. At least, that’s what she believes. Despite having an overly emotive personality, she’s often mistaken for the quiet type despite having a lot to say. Her inquisitive nature usually leads to chaos, as despite enjoying an experiment or two, she has no concern for health and safety procedures. Kiyoko is the founder and currently sole member of the science club and tends to keep to herself, being known around the school for her outstanding intellect.

Naomi Satou – Age 18 – Naomi is a girl with plenty of passion, most of which she puts into her attitude. Extremely popular, even to those of the same sex. She isn’t afraid of conversation, however despite her popularity her social circle is quite limited. She is the captain of the athletics team when she isn’t having her say over every sporting club in the school. She’d be considered a tomboy by most outsiders, but those who know her well are privy to her innermost girlish quirks.

“The story has been written with the tastes of the audience in mind and what people are looking for within the romance genre. It offers a more conventional take on modern day relationships and the emotional struggles of early adulthood as one stage of life progresses to the next. In contrast with other titles in this genre, Chemically Bonded follows the theme of ‘facades’ throughout its narrative and how people’s true selves often conflict with their desires to be accepted by others”, ds-sans.

Feature & Facts of Interest

  • In Chemically Bonded the outfits and poses change depending on the scene/setting.
  • ‘Interactive phone system’.
  • A realistic depiction of a Japanese highschool (including classrooms, hallways and cafeterias) and a modern Japanese city featuring cafes and arcades.
  • The ‘main character’s’ house which is used for moments of reflection.
  • Replayability to allow for the player to reach every possible ending.
  • Fully original soundtrack consisting of 14 different songs.
  • Fully voiced by a talented team of voice actors / actresses
  • Approx playtime is between 6 and 9 hours

Looking Good – Technically A1

Graphically the presentation is of the highest quality, as would  be expected, in a graphic novel. Focus and attention has been made with character and background artists creating an accurate depiction of the Japanese setting which is distinct from other visual novels. The backgrounds specifically have been 3D modelled based upon extensive research into how each location is presented and includes a careful attention to detail. Importantly, the choice of the character artist has also allowed to replicate the look of modern, originally Japanese titles within the genre allowing to cater better to the tastes of anime and manga fans looking for an ‘authentic’ feeling to the artwork.

Source: PR Email

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