We’re feeling pretty emotional around here. It’s been a year and a half since our writer first pitched Crown of Worlds to the Patron-in-Chief, and the concept pilot saw a lot of changes—both before, and after, funding. As of today, our ideas are no longer visions; they’re reality. We love how the final structure, plot, art, and designs have shaped up, but in keeping with our company motto, we’ll let you decide for yourself.
—Crown of Worlds Team
This page will receive periodic updates.
Story and Design Features
Projected content at launch in 2020:
- 300,000+ words
- 30 character sprites
- 30 character paintings
- 30 background paintings
- 20+ story endings
- 14 original music tracks
- 5 optional romances
Crown of Worlds transports readers into the shoes of Bellot, a former navy medic. Through a twist of fate, they are offered the chance to save not only our world, but five others that traverse various themes, from brassy steampunk to sleek sci-fi. The adventure is daring and bold—exploring not only choices, but the aftermath that comes with them, in an unflinching narrative that’s not afraid to address the darkest sides of idealism.
You will experience the entire story from the main character’s first-person perspective and travel to four different worlds as you attempt to prevent the collapse of Earth’s universe. Will you find yourself sympathizing with the antagonists? Will the correct choice always be the right one? You will find your will tested and your morals challenged throughout the adventure.
Each choice may have an impact as you discover 20 endings, either advancing the plot or obtaining glimpses of a far darker outcome. An all-original soundtrack provides exceptional reach and emotional depth, while optional romance with multiple genders and sexualities makes Crown of Worlds an adventure that can be enjoyed by a wide audience. No more being railroaded into smushy sexy times for a good ending…unless that’s what you want!
Romanceable characters in the base story consist of the five main protagonists: two males, two females, and one nonbinary character.
About the plot
Crown of Worlds is formatted like a traditional science-fantasy hybrid. Instead of offering separate “routes,” the story has a single, over-arching plot. This plot develops throughout four parts, featuring complex themes in equally distinct settings: dark fantasy, urban dystopia, steampunk fantasy, future utopia, and mythic fantasy.
Crown of Worlds is intended for audiences of sixteen years and older. You will encounter bad people, medically accurate wound descriptions, violence of a non-sexual nature, and references to drug/alcohol consumption. Readers who select “Adult” modesty will encounter vulgar language. They may also encounter sexually implicit content (romance is optional).
You choose whether to experience the story as a male or female.
Choose your modesty: Teen for PG13 (no swears, innocent romance), or Adult for NSFW.
Accessibility: Enable sound descriptions or large text within the story.
You decide if romance is part of your happy ending. Get sweet and sexual or keep it strictly platonic. Both options are written with the utmost affection. (Romance routes are available to both player genders. BxB, GxG, BxG, GxB, BxNB, GxNB).
No stat-raising or mini games to distract from the narrative. Game branches occur at critical junctions within the story. Other choices offer personal flavor, but don’t derail the story. This frees you to respond naturally instead of changing your behavior to “win.”
Dark Ends: Alternate histories worth reading. “Game over ends” in this story aren’t simply for shock value. They explore what the main character’s life would be like if they chose differently at a critical junction in the story, and are guaranteed to include additional lore.
Realistic Diversity. Multiple races, disabilities, genders, and sexualities enrich the character cast.
Crown of Worlds is purely narrative.
As such, users may not stream any content without first obtaining written permission from Prismatech Media Arts.
All screenshots must be out of context and include an attribution and linkback to to this website, Steam, or Itch.io. Any more than three (3) consecutive screenshots will be considered copyright infringement.
You may never share full-sized CG screenshots (found in the “images” menu). Screenshots of the images thumbnail menu are OK. Please be kind and avoid spoilers for anyone who has yet to read the the novel, and respect those who have already purchased it.
EXCEPTIONS: You may stream, screenshot, and share any content that is available to the public free of charge (including the demo). All sharing must include an attribution and linkback to this website, Steam, or Itch.io.
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We added modesty and accessibility toggles in addition to standard visual novel settings.
The first notable change we made to the story structure was to create a modesty setting. Lydia originally wanted to write the story for mature audiences only, but thanks to the flexibility afforded by software accessibility, she agreed to write versions for both a teen audience, and an adult audience.
- Teen: Readers who wish to avoid vulgar language (and sexually implicit content, should they start a romance or five) can choose the “Teen” setting for a PG-13 experience.
- Adult: Readers who live by the words “Life is rated R” would probably enjoy the “Adult” setting (for colorful language and sexually implicit content, of course).
- Sound Descriptions: Crown of Worlds has sound effects in addition to the original soundtrack. Deaf and hard of hearing readers, or readers who play with no volume, may enjoy the SFX Captions switch. Captions will appear above the message box where the story text appears.
- Large Text: Increases the message box’s text size from 40pt Arial to 60pt Arial for the visually impaired.
Note: We must use programming software that’s accessible to a disability within our dev team. That software’s ability to produce an application that’s compatible with screenreaders is untested. Just in case, our writer has already agreed to convert the Crown of Worlds script into an e-book format which the blind can more easily enjoy.
We added all the things we love to see in a visual novel’s special menu:
- Myth: Read the Crown of Worlds origins myth.
- Music: Places individual tracks from the OST at the whim of your clicks, and provides an easy way to purchase it for your very own.
- Dark Ends: Lists each Dark End and indicates whether or not it has been unlocked, and allows for easy re-reading.
- Album: Relive character paintings and their scene progression (visual records only).
- Scenes: Easily navigate to a specific chapter within the story.
Note: We may add another sub-menu for romance and normal endings depending on how complicated things get. Oh, what tangled webs we weave!
Character Design and Introductions
Note: At this time, we do not plan to program a sprite for main character Bellot.