MILAN – June 1, 2020 – Milky Way Prince – The Vampire Star, a visual novel from publisher Santa Ragione and creator Lorenzo Redaelli about intimacy, idealization, and abusive relationships, will make a pass at Steam and the Epic Games Store in Q3 2020. Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One releases will swipe right soon after. This story of troubled romance will have a first date in the Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition, showcasing its opening chapters with a PC demo debuting Tuesday, June 9.
Milky Way Prince follows a budding, dysfunctional relationship between two young men. Following a chance encounter, the starry-eyed Nuki falls head over heels for Sune, a brooding and mysterious character seemingly ripped from the pages of Nuki’s favorite childhood story. The ensuing dalliance isn’t without its problems, though, as it spawns an emotional whirlwind fueled by the couple’s intense psychological demons and complicated histories.
During the star-crossed lovers’ intimate encounters, Nuki can focus on his senses to guide the experience and learn more about his troubled boyfriend. Contend with discoveries about the fabled man of Nuki’s dreams while grappling with issues including idealization, submission, boundaries, and self-worth. Every decision has consequences and will coalesce to reveal hidden truths and diverge the story down branching paths leading to multiple endings.
Milky Way Prince is a semi-autobiographical tale that draws inspiration from a tumultuous romance. Redaelli is partnering with Santa Ragione, the studio behind award-winning titles such as MirrorMoon EP, FOTONICA, and Wheels of Aurelia. This is the first project published by Santa Ragione, which is now distributing independent games from talented Italian creators that share the spirit of its own impassioned, experimental works.
“Santa Ragione always seeks to create games that both challenge and enlighten players and Milky Way Prince felt like a perfect fit for us to expand upon our mission as a studio,” said Pietro Righi Riva, co-founder and studio director, Santa Ragione. “We hope Milky Way Prince leaves everyone as captivated by Lorenzo’s touching story as when it first caught our eyes.”
Progress made in the Milky Way Prince’s Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition demo will carry over to the full PC version upon launch. While the demo will feature English, the final release will also include French, Italian, German, and Spanish language support.
To learn more about Milky Way Prince – The Vampire Star, please visit the official website and follow Lorenzo Redaelli on Instagram. For more on Santa Ragione, check out the studio’s website and official dev blog, and join the community on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
About Santa Ragione
Santa Ragione is a Milanese micro game design studio founded in 2010 by Pietro Righi Riva and Nicolò Tedeschi. Developers of FOTONICA, MirrorMoon EP, Wheels of Aurelia, and Saturnalia, Santa Ragione focuses on experimentation and eliciting a visceral response from players while striving to stand out stylistically and continue the tradition of Italian design.
Milky Way Prince represents a new expansion of the team’s mission, which now involves publishing independent titles from other Italian creatives who share their vision and spirit.
About Lorenzo Redaelli
A graduate of cinema and new media at ILUM University of Milan, Lorenzo Redaelli creates art while pursuing his Master’s Degree in Game Design. Under the name “Eyeguys,” Redaelli produces music, film, and illustrations. By combining these disciplines he is now developing his debut game, the semi-autobiographical visual novel Milky Way Prince – The Vampire Star.