So, what's a Visual Novel?
Let's let wiki speak a bit:
"A visual novel is a work of interactive fiction, featuring mostly static graphics, most often using anime-style art or occasionally live-action stills (and sometimes video footage). As the name might suggest, they resemble mixed-media novels or tableau vivant stage plays. They are analogous to a digitized version of a Choose Your Own Adventure novel."
OK, why are you making one?
Hmmm... trickier. On August 4th, txting with a colleague who draws, I suddenly suggested that we make a VN. He, sensibly, asked, "What's a Visual Novel?" Just over a month later, we have a production company, website, devblog, hundreds of drawings and over 24,000 words... for Act I... of an expected series of sixteen acts.
But, why? He likes to draw; I like to write. Things kinda clicked. I know that's imprecise, but that's the best I can do right now.
How much will OTChi Kocchi cost me?
Act I, due for a (fingers crossed!) release of January 4th will be free. The complete game, due (plucks date from air) Halloween of 2013 might or might not be sold... we are still investigating that end of the business model