This project has been a long time coming, and I’m happy to finally be able to announce it in a semi-official capacity.

Briar is a visual novel game I’m working on with Britt, who my longtime followers will recognize as one of my oldest friends who I frequently collaborate with. The initial idea for this VN came to us over a year ago, but between moving, university, and work it’s taken us a long time to scrap together the time to properly focus on it.

The game is a retelling of the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty, focusing on the question of: what happened to her after she woke up? Set in a Eurasian-inspired world, the plot features a wide range of characters, four romance paths (GxG and GxB, 2 of each) and explores themes of courtly intrigue, imperialist politics, and colonialism. Although some of the topics involved are heavy, we’re doing our best to incorporate them in a way that honors the realities they reference but still keeps the story interesting and self-contained.

Currently, we plan for Briar to have 4 episodes, and scripting/concept art for episode 1 are well under way. Please follow our dev blog for updates such as sketches, concept pieces in progress, and screenshots. Official announcements and larger updates will appear on our Lemmasoft thread

We really appreciate any and all support, and look forward to sharing this story with you!