MILAN – July 7, 2020 – Milky Way Prince – The Vampire Star, a visual novel from publisher Santa Ragione and developer Lorenzo Redaelli about intimacy, idealization, and abusive relationships, descends from the heavens on Aug. 13, 2020 for Windows PC and Mac.
One day, while following the trail of a shooting star, Nuki happens upon Sune, a brooding young man who closely resembles the hero from his favorite childhood storybook. The meet-cute soon develops into an intense and passionate affair. However, it is one marred by dysfunction.
Each encounter between Nuki and Sune provides new insight into the pair’s histories and will ultimately determine the fate of their tumultuous relationship. Explore Nuki’s five senses during the couple’s intimate moments, focusing in on sensations that will open up new dialogue options and guide the story down branching paths toward a multitude of possible outcomes.
As Nuki learns more about Sune and the psychological demons that draw a stark contrast between his boyfriend and the man of his dreams, he must contend with his own issues, such as idealization, boundaries, submission, and his sense of self-worth. A semi-autobiographical story inspired by the life of sole creator Lorenzo Redaelli, Milky Way Prince — The Vampire Star aims to deliver a realistic portrayal of romance complicated by mental illness.
Redaelli’s first foray into the realm of games, Milky Way Prince is being brought to the world by Santa Ragione, the acclaimed game design studio behind award-winning titles such as MirrorMoon EP, FOTONICA, Wheels of Aurelia, and the upcoming Saturnalia, as part of a new publishing initiative to highlight and lift up the work of fellow independent Italian artists.
“Santa Ragione has received tremendous support from the gaming community over the years and we feel now is the time to pay it forward,” said Pietro Righi Riva, co-founder and studio director, Santa Ragione. “Milky Way Prince is a touching story that spotlights relatable subjects that are underexplored in this medium and we can’t wait to share it with everyone this August.”
Milky Way Prince – The Vampire Star will be available for $9.99 on Windows PC and Mac via Steam, the Epic Games Store, itch.io, and the Humble Store starting Aug. 13, 2020. The game features English, French, Italian, German, Russian, 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 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.