Prototype announced that its otome visual novel Butterfly’s Poison; Blood Chains will be heading to Steam in June 2023. To celebrate the launch, a commemorative sale offering a 15% discount will run for a week after the game’s release.
Originally released with a first press limited edition for Windows PC on May 27, 2011, followed by its PSP and PS Vita versions in January 2014, in Japan, Butterfly’s Poison now comes to PC via Steam with English language support as its Nintendo Switch port.
Butterfly’s Poison; Blood Chains is set in Tokyo in the 7th year of the Taishō era, 1918, just as the First World War was about to end. The game follows the heroine, Yuriko Nomiya, born into an aristocratic family, and her romantic encounters with five young men amidst a series of disasters befalling her.
The PC version of the game comes with full support for the Steam Deck and gamepads. On devices equipped with a touch panel, it can also be operated via the touch panel. It also contains all additional elements from past console versions, including added visuals and additional episodes.
In Butterfly’s Poison; Blood Chains, players progresses through the story by selecting from the choices that appear throughout. Depending on the choices made, subsequent developments change, allowing players to enjoy a variety of endings for each love interest.
▍Butterfly’s Poison; Blood Chains Opening Movie
▍Butterfly’s Poison; Blood Chains Story
Yuriko Nomiya, born and raised comfortably in an aristocratic family, is suddenly struck by a series of misfortunes.
Is this fate brought about by the Taishō era, or is someone plotting against her?
The dark, bittersweet tale of Yuriko and five gorgeous young men is about to unfold…
▍Butterfly’s Poison; Blood Chains Character & Cast
■ Yuriko Nomiya (name changable)
The brilliant daughter of an aristocratic family. Although she is of marriageable age, she would rather go out into the world and rebuild the ailing Nomiya family than settle down with a new family.
However, Yuriko’s father has plans to marry her off to a wealthy and influential man, and he throws her a lavish party to celebrate her upcoming entrance into society.
■ Junichi Shiba – CV: Chasuke
A 28-year-old merchant and nouveau riche. He has been invited to the party as the most promising contender for Yuriko’s hand in marriage. However, the soiree is soon disrupted by an anti-aristocracy mob, and the party devolves into chaos. When Yuriko falls into a tight spot, it’s Shiba who comes to her rescue.
■ Mizuhito Nomiya – CV: Tatsuya Hirai
The eldest son of the Nomiya family. He is 22 years old. He is the illegitimate son of the family’s head, Yasuyuki, and a maid. He is skilled in the arts, such as flower arranging and painting, but has no interest in worldly affairs, and he continues to pursue his hobbies despite the family’s poverty.
■ Hitoshi Fujita – CV: Sandayu Chianoze
The 37-year-old butler of the Nomiya family. He was born to an English father and a Japanese mother and has been working for the Nomiya family ever since Yuriko was a child. He is a reserved but honest man, and Yuriko trusts him very much.
■ Hideo Ozaki – CV: Kiya Suga
The eldest son of an aristocratic family gets along well with the Nomiyas. He is a 24-year-old army sublieutenant. He has known Yuriko since they were kids, and he really cares about her, but his serious demeanor often makes him come across as cold.
■ Yoshiki Majima – CV: Keizo Oishi
The 25-year-old gardener for the Nomiya family. He started as a lowly laborer for the Nomiya family several years ago, but through his diligence and hard work, he has worked his way up to taking care of the entire garden. He has a gentle personality and is Yuriko’s first love.
■ Kyoko Amami – CV: Nekomiai
The only daughter of a wealthy liquor wholesaler. Her husband is a meek man, and after giving birth to her first son, she has been living the good life.