Afterthought Studios certainly didn’t make Queen’s Crown an afterthought. The Otome-style visual novel featuring a queen thrust into a position of power after her brother’s untimely death, all while trying to seek a proper suitor for marriage, has been quite popular in the visual novel community. The game has already more than doubled its crowdfunding goal on Kickstarter, blazing to new heights thanks to the added efforts from the Steam Greenlight community.
For some games doubling up the Kickstarter and Greenlight campaigns can work against them… the developers may not have time to answer questions on Greenlight, resulting in a lack of interest and low engagement from users, thus in turn dragging down the momentum of the crowdfunding campaign. Other times they may focus too much on trying to get Greenlit but fail to foster the promotion of the Kickstarter campaign, and they sometimes end up failing to secure enough funds to develop the project. Well, in the case of Queen’s Crown, the developers managed to find the perfect balance of promotion for both the Kickstarter and the Greenlight campaign, bringing in $9,100 as of the writing of this article with a goal of only $4,000.
The Kickstarter still has 12 days to go, just a little under two weeks. So there’s still time to see the project grow even further if that’s what Afterthought Studios has in mind.
The Greenlight denizens actually seem to like the project, as it sees players attempting to get to know three potential suitors while dealing with an ongoing war. The crazy part about it? One of the suitors is the person you’re waging war against.
You can see what the Kickstarter pitch video is like to get an idea of what the art-style and characters designs are like in Queen’s Crown.
While the game may have already managed to surpass its goal, Afterthought figured they could continue to raise funds by luring gamers in with a playable demo of Queen’s Crown. So if you’re interested in playing the visual novel for yourself, you can do so by grabbing the demo from over on Itch.io.
If you feel this is a visual novel you would play on Steam, you can give it an upvote over on Steam Greenlight. If you feel this is something you would like to see come to fruition and you want to take the money out of your wallet and throw it at the screen, you can do that as well by visiting the Kickstarter page.