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Crimson Sunrise is a mystery/psychological horror visual novel with dating sim elements. Love is in the air!

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Welcome to Hinode Academy, home to the brightest minds and cutest girls in Shinku City and all of Japan, as well as a terrible "curse". Every three years, students are found dead, and their cases are quietly closed after little investigation, conclusion or justice. You play as Hideki, an academic prodigy and the latest unsuspecting transfer student to the renowned Academy. As you discover more about the city, you’re drawn deeper into a web of conspiracy that threatens your very life, as well as those around you in pursuit of the truth.

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Crimson Sunrise’s seventh update is here, and so is the free, playable Alpha’s latest version 0.56! While you download it below, please also check out all the other new character outfits and backgrounds we’ve included! Also, we’ve got a new, unannounced game project to tease!

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General Development Progress

For those of you who enjoyed our last Alpha release to the fullest or those newcomers reading this, we’ve got good news! This latest 0.56 version of Crimson Sunrise includes a host of requested bug fixes, tweaks, and polish, as well as two new days worth of story added to the Common Route! Feel free to read the full changelog below before downloading and playing the latest version!

Crimson Sunrise Version 0.56 Changelog

  • Added Day 14 to the Common Route.
  • Added Day 15 to the Common Route.
  • Various spelling, grammatical, syntax fixes.
  • Added in some voice lines that were missing from some scenes.
  • General editing and polishing.

Our Next Project Teaser

Our Next Project... What Could It Be?


As for a certain other unannounced project that our Esoteric Legacy Games studio has been working on as well… It’s not something we can tease too much of just yet, but if you enjoy compelling characters, a strong story, and classic RPG gameplay, stay tuned for future announcements!

New Character Outfits

Many of your favorite characters are getting brand-new cute and sexy outfits for all sorts of exciting new scenes and situations!

Himura Cheri (Swimsuit)


Himura Cheri (Swimsuit)


Cheri may be a smart girl, but even the most prodigious student needs time for fun in the sun. When not splashing about in the waves or enjoying some refreshing ice cream, Cheri likes to spend her time helping to clean the trash from the beach and keep it pristine.

Watanabe Kotone (Gothic Lolita Idol)

Watanabe Kotone (Gothic Lolita Idol)


Kotone’s desire to enter into the world of pop idols may not be as innocent as she lets on at first. A macabre appreciation for cemeteries, classic styles and gallows humor inspired by her late sister reveals more about who she really is behind the mask.

Hamasaki Michi (RPG Dark Elf)


Hamasaki Michi (RPG Dark Elf)


Michi takes the form of a dark elf slave in Tairana’s twisted fantasy role-playing world. Dark elves are known for their cruel, lewd and shameless acts, and Michi gets depicted as ready and willing for you to yank her chain as hard as you please. Is she more trouble than she’s worth?

Oshiro Renga (Underwear)


Oshiro Renga (Underwear)

Making it to Renga’s bedroom can be a bit of a messy adventure, but shows a great deal about how trusting and laid back she’s become with you around. Armed with nothing more than a tank top and striped panties, she’s ready to be your gamer girl waifu.

Hisakawa Tairana (RPG Evil Witch)

Hisakawa Tairana (RPG Evil Witch)


In Tairana’s fantasy world, she is the supreme top witch in this relationship. Your most trusted companion and worst nightmare. Where will your adventures together take you, and will she simply allow you to win? Rocks fall, everyone dies.

Tomi Turnip (Fancy Dress)

Tomi Turnip (Fancy Dress)


Back in America, Tomi is no stranger to elegant balls or politically intriguing events, rubbing shoulders with the elite of society. Pampered and dolled-up like a princess, it’s no surprise that Tomi has taken this look into everyday life where she expects much of the same attention.

Tsukada Tsuki (Lingerie)

Tsukada Tsuki (Lingerie)


By the time you’ve made it to Tsuki’s bedroom, you’re already more than aware of what you want. She’s pulling out all the stops and stopping you from pulling out. No shame here, dear reader… this game supports one-handed play.

Background Artwork Samples

Our new backgrounds have been carefully crafted to deliver an atmospheric experience worthy of Crimson Sunrise’s story and characters. Each location has its own story, as you’ll find out for yourself!

Arcade


Arcade


This downtown arcade features all the games and prizes that schoolkids dream of, and makes a hot date spot for friends and couples alike.



Downtown Shinku City (Night)


Downtown Shinku City (Night)


The nightlife in downtown Shinku City rivals even parts of Tokyo, as many businesses are open late to cater to any need of the citizenry.


Cocytus Convenience Store


Cocytus Convenience Store


Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Shinku City, Cocytus supposedly gets its name from all the delicious frozen treats it has on offer. It claims to ‘Never Betray Your Expectations!’


Hideki’s House Hallway (Day)


Hideki's House Hallway (Day)


Hideki’s house is similar to other student living accommodations in his neighborhood, and most of his neighbors are students as well. He’s not the best interior decorator, but his parents provided him with as many things as possible to make it feel like home.


Neighborhood (Night)


Neighborhood (Night)


Hideki’s neighborhood is rather quiet, which is just how he likes it. Most of the lights and noise come from studying students, not wild party animals.


Hinode Academy (Evening)


Hinode Academy (Evening)


The evenings at Hinode Academy are filled with extra-curricular after-school activities, club meetings, and students hanging out together.


Hinode Academy (Night)


Hinode Academy (Night)


Few school faculty remain at Hinode Academy late into the night, except for teachers grading a backlog of papers. Still, strange lights and figures moving across the school grounds have been reported…


Shinku Shrine Path


Shinku Shrine Path


The shrine atop Shinku Mountain was not originally built for casual tourists, but for devout religious priests and pilgrims. This is one such reason why many find it difficult to ascend its lengthy stairs, especially if they are lacking in faith.


Conclusion

Thank you for following the development of Crimson Sunrise! Please download and play our latest Alpha build and tell us what you think! Also, please be sure to follow our Discord, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages, and follow us here on IndieDB as well for any new updates! We hope you had a merry Christmas, happy holidays, and a happy new year!

With love,

The Esoteric Legacy Games Team

Crimson Sunrise Update #6 - Alpha Release!

Crimson Sunrise Update #6 - Alpha Release!

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Our sixth update on Crimson Sunrise, a mystery-horror visual novel and dating sim by Esoteric Legacy! Try out the playable Alpha!

Crimson Sunrise Update #5

Crimson Sunrise Update #5

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Our fifth update on Crimson Sunrise, a mystery-horror visual novel and dating sim by Esoteric Legacy! A new character, outfits, and more!

Crimson Sunrise Update #4

Crimson Sunrise Update #4

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Our fourth update on Crimson Sunrise, a mystery-horror visual novel and dating sim by Esoteric Legacy! New teaser trailer, characters, and more!

Crimson Sunrise Update #3

Crimson Sunrise Update #3

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Our third update on Crimson Sunrise, a mystery-horror visual novel and dating sim by Esoteric Legacy! Sneak peek at the Alpha build and more!

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Crimson Sunrise Alpha 0.56 - PC

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The 0.56 Alpha version of the Crimson Sunrise visual novel! Further updated builds will be periodically uploaded after this one.

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Crimson Sunrise Alpha 0.56 - Linux

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The 0.56 Alpha version of the Crimson Sunrise visual novel! Further updated builds will be periodically uploaded after this one.

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Crimson Sunrise Alpha 0.56 - Mac

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The 0.56 Alpha version of the Crimson Sunrise visual novel! Further updated builds will be periodically uploaded after this one.

Crimson Sunrise Alpha 0.55 - Linux

Crimson Sunrise Alpha 0.55 - Linux

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The first Alpha version of the Crimson Sunrise visual novel! Further updated builds will be periodically uploaded after this one.

Crimson Sunrise Alpha 0.55 - Mac

Crimson Sunrise Alpha 0.55 - Mac

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The first Alpha version of the Crimson Sunrise visual novel! Further updated builds will be periodically uploaded after this one.

Crimson Sunrise Alpha 0.55 - PC

Crimson Sunrise Alpha 0.55 - PC

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The first Alpha version of the Crimson Sunrise visual novel! Further updated builds will be periodically uploaded after this one.

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TheHyde Creator
TheHyde

Crimson Sunrise Update #6 is in progress!

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TheHyde Creator
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Crimson Sunrise Update #5 is in progress!

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Anime was a mistake.

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TheHyde Creator
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Luckily for you, this is just a wholesome visual novel. :^)

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Crimson Sunrise Update #4 is close to completion, will include something extra special!

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What's the update?

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Crimson Sunrise Update #4 will show off a new trailer, some of the character sprite artwork, background art, and music that we've been working on! We're also working on polishing the Alpha version of Crimson Sunrise and will soon make it available to those who will support and follow us on our upcoming Patreon account!

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TheHyde Creator
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Crimson Sunrise Update #4 is in progress!

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Working on Update #3 for Crimson Sunrise, look forward to it! ^_^

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