Idea Factory and Intragames recently released the Otome visual novel Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk onto Steam for the very first time. The game originally came out back in 2016 in Japan as Haitaka no Psychedelica on the PlayStation Vita, and two years later it made its way Stateside for Sony’s doomed handheld only to be forgotten and under-promoted. After many months of testing and porting, however, Intragames managed to provide English speaking gamers with a localized version on PC.
You can pick up a digital copy of Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk from over on the Steam store for $29.99.
This is actually the second entry in a trilogy of Otome visual novels from Idea Factory and Otomate, which started with Pschedelica of the Black Butterfly, which originally came out back in 2015 on the PS Vita in Japan, but was later made available in English both on the PSV and on Steam for PC.
It’s quite telling that we’re seeing more and more games make the leap from PlayStation systems to either PC or the Nintendo Switch. This is all thanks to Sony’s restrictive censorship policies, which are doing nothing more than ruining games for everybody.
Anyway, more platforms with more choices to play games is always a great thing.
In this case, Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk is practically a game for girls. It’s a romance-mystery visual novel (hence, Otome) that follows a chick named Eiar who has a scarlet eye that glows with magic. In order to avoid being labeled as a witch, she masquerades under the guise of a young boy as she attempts to unravel the mystery behind the magic relics and her attachment to the scarlet light.
As players navigate through the town controlled by two powerful families, they’ll be able to experiment with exploring branching routes and interacting with characters in ways that can unlock different endings.
The core mechanic of the game is being able to switch between presenting Eiar disguised as a boy or in her natural attire as a girl.
Your choices as Eiar will affect the romance that sits at the center of the story, as well as Eiar’s relationships with the different characters she encounters along the way.
You can grab a digital copy of Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk from the Steam store right now or learn more about the game by visiting the official website of Korean publisher Intragames.