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Chisa StudiosBy Chisa Studios
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Chisa StudiosBy Chisa Studios
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  ***The contents of this demo, including written assets, audio assets, visual assets and programming, are subject to change. We are pleased to showcase here a visual novel that is still in development***

Please support us on Steam and help spread the word! We'd love to use it as our platform to release this free game :)

Emilia, known as the “perfect girl” at Littlewood High, is insanely popular. Her life is complete now that Callister, the most popular guy in school and one of her best friends, has become her boyfriend. They’ve been going out for a while now and are living quite happily... until Emilia's childhood friend, Lily, transfers into her school. What's more, an interesting new student worker named Max just showed up at her job! With these two NEW ARRIVALS and William, her other best friend, added to the mix, life may be far less perfect than Emilia thought.

Bitter Truth ~Main Story~ is a third-person point of view FREE visual novel following the story of Emilia Teague. You will decide what choices Emilia will make, determining your relationship with Callister through the interactions she makes with the characters.

Genre: Romance, Slice of Life

Rating: PG 13

Platform: Windows, Mac & Linux

Release Date: Mid-2017 or sooner

  • FREE GAME 
  • 3rd person 
  • POV High Quality Artwork 
  • Original Soundtrack 
  • Multiple Endings 
  •  All player choices impact the game 
  •  CG and Music Gallery 
  •  Custom GUI 
  • Purchasable Extended Edition including 3 romancable characters and 9 different endings.
  • Potential Yuri Route
  • Potential Prequel and Epilogue 
  • Potential Full Voice Acting 
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We've been working extremely hard for the past two years to bring our game to life, and now, we need YOUR support, to make it happen!

History:

Bitter Truth originated from the Japanese radio play, "Tsurai Shinjitsu", that Samantha and I (Sakura) wrote a few years ago for Valentine's Day. We eventually decided to revamp it into a visual novel. I quickly reached out to Gaby, who was very willing to volunteer the past two years with us as a sprite artist. Working with such a talented artist who's bringing my project to life is deeply rewarding. More recently we've gotten a few other volunteers, like Chris, on board. But for the most part, I've been commissioning the other assets we need out of my own pocket.

Going Forward:

Unfortunately, that fund has come to and end. We are looking to raise a total of $10,000 to make the Main Story happen. This amount would go to 60 scenes of Main Story. This includes one male option with three different endings, where every single choice impacts your gameplay experience.

If the game does well enough, we are considering doing an extended edition in the future for the optional Romantic Story. This is a purchasable extended edition of the game that would include 50 scenes for each romanceable interest of the Romantic Route. This includes three male options with three different endings each, for a total of NINE different endings to the game, with every single choice impacting your gameplay experience.

The Difference:

  • The Main Story is a free game in which you enter Emilia's story and experience cute scenes as you decide whether she and Callister should be together. 
  • The Romantic Story, a purchasable extended edition, will allow you to follow Emilia's story and experience dramatic events that may change your feelings about who Emilia should truly be with in the end.

Why you:

We've made it this far through the gracious support of our volunteers and the budget I was able to provide. Also, a huge shout-out to our wonderful partner, Sekai Project, who will be marketing and distributing our visual novel once we attain funding for and complete our visual novel's development. Now we're turning towards you with hopes to finish the game. With your support, we will be able to complete the main story in two years with over 20 backgrounds and 15+ CGs.

With the support of a second Kickstarter, we would be able to finish the extended edition in another two years. This would include: 5 main characters, 8+ supporting roles, 3 romanceable options, 9 different endings, 50+ backgrounds, 45+ CGs and over 30 sound tracks for our game.

What's more, if we get any extra push, we'd be able to create a yuri route for Emilia and Lily to become a couple!!! This would now give you guys TWELVE different endings, if you purchased the extended edition!

Core Staff:

  • Developer
  • Publisher 

Chandra "Sakura" Hughes: Creator/Story

Chandra "Sakura" Hughes is a producer, voice actress, writer, audio editor, video editor, cosplayer, entrepreneur and a anime fanatic. She's the president at Chisa Studios, Operations Manager at GlowLime Games, and has had a management role in many projects.

Samantha Chan: Story/Writer

Samantha Chan is a college junior living in New York City. She started voice acting in January 2011 and has loved it ever since. Her goal is to someday be both a doctor and a professional voice actress.When she's not behind the microphone and recording, she can most likely be found either reading, writing, roleplaying, editing graphics, chatting with friends, watching anime, or just sitting and daydreaming. Amongst her friends, she is known for her reliability, good listening skills, and easy-going personality.

Olivia Raymond: Writer

Olivia Raymond, known as Hazel-Bun on Lemma Soft Forums (LSF), is a college student and professional writer. She's been a huge fan of visual novels for 5 years now, and has fallen in love with the otome / romantic girl pursues boy genre in particular. Along with handling her course load and publishing fiction, she dabbles in user interface design and makes her own games (outside and inside the VN genre) on the side.

Gaby Mutiara: Sprite/CG Artist

Gaby Mutiara, known as kimgaby90 on Lemma Soft Forums and kimgabydesu on Deviantart and also Tumblr, is an illustrator at a game developer studio in Indonesia. She's an interior design graduate but she's working as an illustrator for about 3 and half years now and loves her job so much. She likes to draw pretty girl at first but now enjoy drawing bishonen too. She has a dream to make her own video game company one day in her country.

Ray Cordova: CG/Background Artist

Allen Ray Cordova, also known as 53C, is a freelance illustrator/artist from Philippines. He's a computer science graduate that unexpectedly found his way to the visual novel industry for over a year now. Bearing his art which has been influenced by the anime/manga fandom, he strives to become better in this field of work. He has an introverted personality and is easily misunderstood due to his straight forward words; though a positive person by nature.

Erika Acosta: Logo Artist

Erika Acosta, known as crappyassdrawings on Tumblr, and hiko27 on LSF, is a college student from LA currently working both as a freelance artist, and an artist alley exhibitor on the side ever since 2014, and 2015, respectively. She's been into visual novels, especially otome games, since 2008 when she got a copy of Hiiro no Kakera for the PS2 and has loved the genre ever since. Some of the VNs she's working on right now are her own games (Tsundere-sama, otoge-Real!), and has been commissioned to work on the upcoming mobage Love Is Blind.

Skylar Nguyen: GUI Artist

Skylar Nguyen, also known as Skyevina, is a writer and graphic designer who is currently living in Australia. She's been designing graphics for 5 years and counting. Her love for anime and manga recently guided her to discover about visual novels. Since then she's been designing and coding game interfaces for visual novels.

Andrea Lee: Chibi Artist

​Anna Lee, also known as Kairui on LSF, is a professional artist/illustrator. She has been working as an artist for 8 years drawing mainly an anime/manga style. ​Being self-taught, Anna gained most of her inspiration through visual novels. She hopes to work on many visual novels in the future.

Camille Arana: Kickstarter Artist

Camille Arana, known as Camy on LSF, is an Jr User Interface Designer who has been a huge fan of visual novels since she landed upon her first one in 2007. While she does interface, she also does some graphic design by providing Kickstarter Assets and some blends/edits on Tumblr on the side for fun with characters she likes from other series.

Chris Thurman: Composer

Chris Thurman has been writing music since age 11, and playing instruments even before that, including guitar, piano, saxophone, flute, clarinet, bass, and drums. With some heavy jazz influences, Chris adds an element of improvisation to his music. A relative newcomer to visual novels, with his varied inspirations: Chick Corea, Joe Hisaishi, Pat Metheny, and Rie Tanaka to name a few, he is excited to bring a fresh, and eccentric sound to visual novels.

Grace Barrett-Snyder: Programmer

Grace Barrett-Snyder is a game programmer from New York with experience in graphic and web design. She loves RPGs and the unique puzzles that come with coding. This will be the first visual novel she has developed.

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~The Stranger~ $1

Thank you for your support! You will receive a digital thank you card with cute images of our characters.

+ all previous rewards.

~The Acquaintance~ $5

Your name will be credited in the game contribution credits.

+ all previous rewards.

~The Simple Friend~ $10

You will receive a digital wallpaper for your computer screen.

+ all previous rewards.

~The Regular Friend~ $15

You will receive a digital copy of the Original Soundtrack.

+ all previous rewards.

~The Good Friend~ $25

You will receive a digital artbook containing all final sprites, cgs, backgrounds, and promotional art.

+ all previous rewards.

~The Best Friend~ $35

You will receive a physical CD of the OST shipped directly to your house.

*Free shipping in United States*

+ all previous rewards.

~Speed Dating~ $50

You will have access to the Beta, and will be credited for Beta Testing.

+ all previous rewards except “The Best Friend.”

~Going on Dates~ $75

You will receive a 11 x 17 poster with the creator’s signature shipped directly to your house.

*Free shipping in United States*

+ all previous rewards except “The Best Friend” and “Speed Dating.”

~In a Relationship~ $150

You will receive a physical artbook shipped directly to your house that contains all final sprites, cgs, backgrounds, and promotional art.

*Free shipping in United States*

+ all previous rewards except “Speed Dating.”

~Casual Relationship~ $200

Choose one:

1) A digital artwork process book showing the progress from concept art to final art.

2) A digital story process book showing the progress from the original story to the final story.

3) A digital production process book showing the progress from the recruitment phase to the final product (*includes* voice over directing notes if “Full Voice Over” stretch goal is reached)

+ all previous rewards except “The Best Friend,” “Going on Dates,” and “In a Relationship.”

~Serious Relationship~ $300

Choose two:

1) A digital artwork process book showing the progress from concept art to final art.

2) A digital story process book showing the progress from the original story to the final story.

3) A digital production process book showing the progress from the recruitment phase to the final product (*includes* voice over directing notes if “Full Voice Over” stretch goal is reached)

+ all previous rewards except “The Best Friend,” “Going on Dates,” “In a Relationship.”

~The Proposal~ $400

Get all three!

1) A digital artwork process book showing the progress from concept art to final art.

2) A digital story process book showing the progress from the original story to the final story.

3) A digital production process book showing the progress from the recruitment phase to the final product (*includes* voice over directing notes if “Full Voice Over” stretch goal is reached)

+ all previous rewards except “The Best Friend,” “Going on Dates,” “In a Relationship.”

~The Engagement~ $500

Create and help design an original character that will make a brief appearance in the game.

+ All rewards from “The Stranger” to “The Good Friend” plus “Speed Dating” and “Causal Relationship.”

~The Wedding~ $1,000

Create and help design an original character that will be one of the main character’s best friends and will be included in multiple scenes.

+ All rewards from “The Stranger” to “The Good Friend” plus “Speed Dating” and “Serious Relationship.”

~Soulmates~ $2,500

Get involved with Chisa Studios forever! You will receive personalized updates via email regarding Bitter Truth’s progress, including builds of the game. You will receive the same updates about any future games created by Chisa Studios.

+ All rewards

Risks and challenges

This project has been with us for the past two years and we expect to pull through with a great game, no matter what. Upon success of the Kickstater, we will be able to release the game at a much faster rate and reward everyone who's been volunteering, and I personally, would love to see their awesome efforts rewarded.

For the past two years, we were able to complete an outline of the entire Main Story, around half the sprites and backgrounds done, along with a full script and sound track for the first Arc of the story, also known as our Demo.

This process has been slow because our project has volunteers, and we spend a huge amount of time in the concept stage for story and artwork. (Trust me, you would be shocked if you saw the original concept of Emilia!!!)

However, with the funding, we'd be able to complete the rest of the main route (remainder of 4 arcs, 50 scenes) in two years. We would spend this money on the art, audio assets, along with the story component and programming.

Our biggest risk is having such a high goal, and although we wish we could have set a goal like $4,000, the truth is: we won't be able to finish the main story of game in two years, without the $10,000 we're asking for. We're hoping on the help of our fan base to make this happen!

Challenge wise, there are always potential struggles when it comes to releasing the game on time. We've factored in a 4 month buffer time, in case such problems occur, but we will try our very best to get the release out! (As we've been putting in so many hours to get the demo up this time around... seriously, props to Grace, our programmer, for being able to make the demo in less then a week!!!)

Otherwise, with our physical rewards, we hope to get everyone who pledged them out as fast as possible! Of course, we do expect shipping and other problems to possibly occur.

As soon as we get funded, we will be getting right to work on the game and rewards.

This is a huge big step for a lot of us on the team, so want to do our best to provide the best quality game to everyone!

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Funding period

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