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Out of the Blue is a romance/mystery/fantasy interactive fiction set in Regency Era England for anyone (like me) who is obsessed with Jane Austen and other period dramas, and always dreamed of being transported into that world to find romance and intrigue.

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You are a university student struggling to find the motivation to finish your degree as the world seems to be falling apart around you, when you find yourself transported to what appears to be Regency Era England. With no idea how you got there or how you can get back, you are at the mercy of the fates. Given the probability of being classified insane if you reveal your true origins, you decide to feign amnesia. Lucky for you, a wealthy couple decides to take pity on you and take you in.

Will you be able to keep your secret hidden from your new friends, or risk ending up in an asylum? Will you conform to the expectations of regency society, or show regency society what a modern person is like? Will you solve the mystery of how you ended up there and find your way back home, or perhaps decide that you’d much rather stay?


  • Fully customisable character - name, gender, pronouns, appearance, sexuality, background, studies ++
  • Character driven story with choices that matter
  • Try to solve the mystery of your time travel
  • Romance - romance any of five different love interests, two male, two female and one non-binary
  • Friendship - build friendships and meet new people
  • Explore an AU England in the 1800s

Isobel Claymoore [she/her] | Portrait

Isobel resides at Oakley Estate with her father, who runs the local coal mines. Being the daughter of a man whose fortunes were acquired through trade, she is not widely accepted amongst the higher class society, and her reputation is only made worse by her being an unmarried woman in her thirties. At first glance, Isobel appears to be cold and haughty; a proud woman who has little interest in you, but as you spend more time around her, you might discover there is more to her than meets the eye.

Maximillian “Max” Winthrope [they/them or he/him] | Portrait

Max is the eldest son to Lord Charrington, the Earl of Charrington, and thus the heir to both title and land. He is upbeat, frivolous and a bit of a flirt, and people aren’t quite sure what to make of him. Although he seems to be cheerful and unconcerned, you can’t help but feel like he’s holding something back. Will you discover what lies behind his careless facade? 

Richard Winfield [he/him] | Portrait

Richard is a Captain of the Royal Navy, just returned from the Napoleonic Wars to his childhood home to visit his brother and his wife at their new abode. Though he has made a name for himself, and amassed a sizeable fortune, his deepest desire is to find a spouse to start a family, and build a home, with, but he seems to be caught up on the past. He is suspicious of your intentions and sceptical of the credibility of your story. Will you be able to change his opinion of you and help him move on from his past?

William Taylor [he/him] | Portrait

William is a local farmer who struggles to get by while raising his two children by himself since his wife disappeared. Given that William and his son are the ones who found you and helped you, you feel like you should repay him somehow, but William seems to take an immediate dislike to you and wants nothing to do with you. Will you be able to weed out the story behind his harsh, biting shell and worm your way into his fortified heart?

Clara Amelia Hamilton [she/her] | Portrait

Clara is the daughter of one of the wealthiest families in Charrington, the Hamiltons of Ainsley Park. She comes from a life of comfort and privilege, seemingly lacking in nothing. Being cheerful and outgoing, she is well liked and generally always surrounded by people, so why does she feel so bored? Will you help her find some sense of purpose in her life, and possibly fill that void in her heart?


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I really enjoyed this game! It was really intriguing, and I can't wait to see where it goes! But since the creator specifically asked for feedback in terms of criticism, here's mine! **MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD**

The customization aspect was really cool, and I enjoyed being able to make my character look like me was awesome! However, I noticed there was no options for weight customization. I don't really know if that's a good thing or not. It's a super sensitive issue for some people so it might be something that shouldn't be included, but if it is included, it might help some people feel better about themselves in the sense that they can be loved and be found attractive at any weight, ya know? Another thing was tattoos being grouped in with things like freckles. This might be asking for too much, but what about people with freckles and tattoos. Currently, they have to choose between the two. Totally aware this is a nitpick, but I'm trying my best to be helpful! Also, I want to talk about when the character talks about seeing things in the corner of their vision and says the line "At first you dismissed it as nothing more than stress, or your brain playing tricks on you, but the more it happens, the more you begin to wonder... You're either going certifiably insane, or[...]" So that's a joke in poor taste. I've experienced minor hallucinations as a symptom of depression before and it's frustrating when symptoms like that are used as the butt of a joke. Since you're looking for this type of feedback specifically, I know it wasn't intentional and I don't blame you, but hallucinations definitely don't make you "certifiably insane".

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Thank you! ✨

Glad you liked the customisation. I'm working on changing and adding more content to chapter 1, so there will be options for body type/weight in the next update. I know that it can be a sensitive issue for many, I totally understand, but I'm hoping it can be done in a positive way. I will try, at least. You will also be able to select several options for freckles, tattoos, etc. in the next update.

Thank you for the feedback on the hallucinations, that's really insightful and helpful. I hadn't even thought of it that way, but I can definitely agree that it's a joke in poor taste all things considered. It's never my intention to be offensive, but but there will always be areas where i'm somewhat ignorant, so this is exactly the kind of feedback I'm looking for. Will rewrite that for the next update. 

Thank you so much for your detailed feedback! ✨🤎

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time travel yess >:)) i love stories like this and the way you designed everything is absolutely gorgeous!! i really love how you can choose how panicked/anxious/ect your character is, it makes them so much more relatable. the "why cant i focus?" hits sooo hard, ahdh babe. its adhd lol.

as for the mc in general, i don't think they were overly feminine, white, or cis - though this is just my singular opinion as a black enby. if possible, i would like to see more hairstyles added in the "you usually keep your hair" section  - maybe an option for locs, braids, and fros? 

Love a good time travel, yes 😍👌🏻 Thank you so much! ✨ I wanted MC to have a variety of "struggles" to chose from, and adhd is a pretty common one. I'm really happy it comes across relatable though, that's the highest compliment! 

Thank you for the feedback, and there will definitely be more options added to chapter 1 in the new update, amongst them some more hairstyles ✨🤎

Time travel yessss !!! I enjoyed the demo ❤️

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Glad I'm not the only one who enjoys a good time travel story! Thank you! ✨🤎

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Thus far it looks really cool, I'm excited to see the future updates!

the covid depression/homework apathy hits really hard lol

tiny grammar note:

When the player character thinks "okay, [name] time to wake up now!" The comma should be after the characters name: "okay [name], time to wake up now!"

Thank you! Ugh, yeah, that's from personal experience lol. It's been rough for a lot of people, I think. Thank you for the feedback, I'll make sure I fix the grammatical error in the next update ✨🤎

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Super cool game! I was so sad when I reached the end, and I'll definitely stay here for new updates!

English is not my first language, but I think I did see a gramatical error, where instead of ''you do X'' it was writen as ''do you X'', but it wasn't supposed to be a question. Im really bad remembering stuff, so I can't be more specific, my apologies.

About the MC and story in general, I don't think it was overly femenine nor cis. I am a white trans nonbinary person, so I can't really talk about poc representation, but from what I've seen in other comments, everything checks out!

What I would personaly change is the gender choosing.

Instead of 

''Man

Man but was assigned Female at birth''

I would say 

''Man and was assigned Male at birth

Man and was assigned Female at birth''

Just to not separate so drastically those two. 

However, I think it would be easier to just say 

''Trans Man

Cis Man''

I don't think what you wrote was offensive or transphobic, I felt everything was really inclusive and comfortable to read for someone who doesn''t get that much representation, I just think it would be easier and more comfortable to read as a trans person.

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Thank you so much! ✨ I thought for sure I had replied to this before, but I guess that was just in my head lol. I'll see if I can find this grammatical error and fix it for the next update. 

Very glad to hear it though, and thank you so much for the feedback on the gender choices. Will definitely rephrase that in the new update. I also think it's much better to just say "trans man" or "cis man" in hindsight. Really appreciate this kind of feedback! ✨🤎

Hi! I just finished playing through the demo and so far it's really good! The detailed character customization really helped bring my MC to life. It would be cool if we could select piercings as well as tattoos. I have both and they're very important to me.

Hi! ✨ I'm so happy you're enjoying it so far! I will definitely be including piercing options in the next update, so stay tuned for that. I had always intended on including them, I legitimately just... forgot! So they're coming. Thank you for the feedback ✨🤎

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I've barely started so far, but I just want to say that I do have a degree in psychology, and your passage right after selecting the title is so, so accurate. That's exactly how I felt.

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I've played through the demo now and as a man, the MC definitely isn't overly feminine. If anything they seem more on the masculine side. I am cis and white myself so I don't really have comments on that part.

That was amazing! Lowkey, I felt so called out in the beginning, nailed those feelings perfectly my dear. I'll be on the edge of my seat for the next chapter.

Love the game and I can't wait for more! The only thing I found offensive was that you would make us wait for more...jkjk!!! I can tell you put a lot of hard work and dedication into it and it came out great <3 

Don't leave me waiting for long, I beg! 

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it was so great and damn relatable. Can't wait for more

Thank you! I'm so happy you liked it ✨

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Hi, I'm really looking forward to this one. You could've easily gender-locked the MC to be cis-female for a story such as this to make it simpler for you later on but you didn't, more work for you but I appreciate it as a gay man. I love the customization, I got really into it and I'm interested in seeing how the people from the Regency Era react to a guy with pink hair that's tatted up. In regards to mistakes there's only one I've managed to notice and it's the scene where my MC was enthralled by the mirror.

"Okay, $name time to wake up now!"

Goodluck~ I love what I'm seeing so far.

edit: spelling

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Hi! ✨ I'm very happy with my decision to make MC not gender locked. I honestly think I had some preconceived notions that no one but females would be interested in playing this, but I'm very happy to stand corrected! Just goes to show why we shouldn't make assumptions. I'm so glad you liked the customisation though! It's going to be so much fun to explore all the reactions. Thank you! ✨🤎

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I'm really excited to see where the story goes and hope this feedback helps!

1. The MC didn't come across as partiuclarly feminine, cis, or white- then again we're only one chapter in so that might change? As a brown skinned Latina it's super important to me with customizable games that they don't feel super white-washed. Will skin color/ethnicity change the way people address or speak about you in the regency era or is that avoided? 

2. As for choices in making an MC, again I feel like it's a little soon for me to have a concrete opinion about it. I'm guessing throughout the story we will be given choices/dialogue/reactions that will solidfy our character in the world. I will say the options you gave us in demo were very natural and fitting within the chapter.

3. I didn't catch any spelling errors. As for awkward phrasing I think that's more to do with me having ADHD and getting into the groove of reading, especially if someone has a particular writing style. 

4. I found nothing within the chapter offensive or ignorant. 

I hope everything goes well for you and you can get past any roadblocks in your mind with your writing. I feel the same when i'm writing, the constant overthinking and asking myself if what I've written is good enough. Good luck! :)

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I  feel that it may be an interesting, if not a bit dangerous, choice if the creators made race a factor. So rather than simply ignoring the racism back then, maybe it can be hinted at, perhaps a character has a specific relationship with race and you as the MC can change their views on race as a whole. But obviously, since you're a person of color, your opinion may have more sway than mine. What would you think of my proposition, should it be implemented, from your point of view? (Although I doubt it lol)

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Personally, I wouldn't mind if the racism/race wasn't really mentioned within the game. I can understand why the author wouldn't want to write that, and have read/played games that I really enjoyed that didn't. It definitley would make it more realistic and relatable, but only if done well. As for the MC being a POC and trying to convince/change the mind of the love interest, I (personally) wouldn't want that. Having experienced a lot of conversations with bigoted people it gets really tiring trying to justify your existence (especially to people you care about). Although, that trope is definitley used in fantasy games among the races and I don't mind it as much, probably cause their not real. Thanks for being interested in my thoughts lol :)

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I'm glad to hear it! It's important to me too that the game doesn't feel too white-washed. I want it to feel immersive to everyone, and certainly don't want it to be offensive in any way, but I'm sure I'll make some mistakes along the way, so I'm happy to be corrected. With that being said, no, skin colour and ethnicity won't change how you're treated in this game :)

I'm sure many people struggle with the same, but all we can do is keep writing and keep improving. There's no shortcut. Thank you for the feedback, and the sweet message! ✨🤎

Congratulations on the demo release! 'twas a fun read! Can't wait for more <3

Thank you so much! ✨🤎 I'm so happy you liked it!