I see very few articles out there on hentai games. Although they represent an important share of the market, they’re still controversially seen as either pornography by some or as a subset of a broader anime genre by others.

Instead of writing an extensive research on that niche for this post, I decided to interview Victor White and Cat Gangrel, who are currently starting up the eXp game studio specialized in that niche! They even have a patreon profile you might wanna check out now.

Let’s see what they have to say.

 

Could you tell me a bit about yourselves? Who are you? 

Hey there! We are a pair of lifelong friends. We live near the sea in Spain, and consider ourselves crafters and passionate beings.

Cat is a multidisciplinary artist: illustrator, writer of juvenile and adult literacy, mural painter… Vic is not only a writer, but also a professional that worked in different aspects of book industry, such as publisher, bookseller, or magazine manager. At this stage of our life, we want to try new scenarios to keep working, learning and crafting. Adult videogames is our goal.

What are your hobbies? What did you do before going to the game industry?

You could say we are geeks…we love all things related with artsy disciplines, and pop culture: books, comics, movies, anime, scenery games, roleplaying, and of course videogames. We met in a literary fair a long time ago.

Which games do you guys play?

Cat: Maybe this isn’t going to sound very original, but Final Fantasy VII. Why? Story, characters, and all the minigames and subplots the game sets forth. Combined with ambiance and soundtrack, it’s still my favorite, and I love to replay it every now and then. Also, in my top you can find Shadow of the Colossus, because its originality and the way it gets you immersed with every new encounter. My third one (but not last in the rank) is Okami. Loved its innovative aesthetics and stimulating gameplay, far different from usual.

Vic: Although I play all kind of games, I have 2 primary obsessions: Tactical Rpgs and Sandbox games. It’s difficult for me to choose a favorite, because I find that playing, like music, depends on the mood. A list of games I spent more hours with could be: Mount and Blade Warband, Baldur’s Gate 2, Fallout New Vegas, Tactics Ogre: Let us Cling together, Stardew Valley, Battle Brothers, Dark Chronicle, and Sid Meier’s Pirates.


What about your game ideas? What do they come from?

We have too many ideas, man. Cat is always drawing and thinking plot twists, while Vic is addicted to testing more and more games, trying new gameplays and concepts. So it’s very exciting for us to know that finally we can share all this.

About testing, we have a deep belief: the best way is to stay close to the people that will play our games. We are working on a classic JRPG with adult (naughty) content. We will share our beta and learn from lessons that the experts (gamers out there) wish to share with us.

Tell us about your current interest in starting a game studio on hentai RPG. Who had the idea?

You can say Cat got jealous when she knew Vic went for solo game developing, haha!

It’s not the first project that keeps us working together, and hopefully won’t be the last one. We both like challenges and crazy ideas, and that is what eXp games is after all: a challenge and quite a crazy idea. We love anime and hentai. We love RPGs and video games. And we want to create GREAT naughty games from the viewpoint of user experience.

At this point, 90% that we played so far is a mechanical, often boring gameplay that only works as an excuse to share some hot images. We want the gamer to have fun and be passionate about the story while getting horny. That’s our vision: that hentai RPGs need to be games too.

What’s been the challenges you’ve been facing to make this work so far?

As all indie developers and passionate beings will know, the hardest challenge is to find time and energy. We try to find free hours to develop our games while working and keeping our daily life. Fortunately, being just the two of us in this project is a great relief. We can cheer and support each other.

On the next level, our challenge will be to get known and share our work with people. So thanks a lot to Indiewatch and all Indie game supporters. This task would be completely impossible without you.

 

What is your current project?

We are working in a freeware video game: The Ivory Sisters: a grimdark fantasy RPG.

Greed, betrayal, revenge and mysterious cults surround the story of a heist and its consequences; all taking place in Zamara, the city of thieves. The action-packed story features two female characters that guarantee to win your love and get you equally aroused.

Our vision is to integrate the sexual component into a story that is worthwhile on its own. But don’t worry, that does not mean it won’t have a lot of hot scenes.

How good is the market for hentai RPGs? Who are your players?

Steam and other video games platforms apply sexual censorship, which means hentai RPGs tend to be developed by independent studios. We like that and we think eXp Studio is gonna fit perfectly in that gap.

Our player is this person that loves adult content, but who also wants to have a great time playing video games. As we said before, we come from the book world. There we could experience the great feeling of a direct relationship with your readers. This is gonna be a direct relationship with gamers.

How is gonna be that “direct relationship with gamers” possible?

Luckily, we live in such an interesting times for creators. There’s a lot of opportunities out there if you do a little research and are ready to work hard. We decided to focus on Patreon as our platform to meet new gamers and get our work known.

What advice would you offer for those who want to follow a path similar to yours in this industry?

Being productive is easier if you set short-term goals and segment your work. When you get very exhausted, mentally, disconnect. Do something totally different for a few days, empty your head. If you associate with a partner, he/she must be someone you know well in life, but also at work. Someone you trust.

Learn more about Cat and Victor. Check out their patreon page now.

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