Set out to discover and record plants and creatures for the Violet Archive. Grow crops, tame animals, and build the perfect farm! Forge friendships along the way as you begin your life as a researcher!
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Very Positive (119) - 94% of the 119 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Feb 20, 2023

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Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Research Story is being developed mostly by a small team of one programmer/artist and several composers. We've gotten valuable feedback for the game since our demo's release, and the game wouldn't be what it is today without it. We want to continue engaging our community as we work towards the full release, so we can build a game that you love!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“About 6 months to a year. Depending on player feedback and suggestions, this timeline may change and I’ll be transparent with any scheduling updates as we continue development.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“These are some of the additional content and features we plan to include in the full version of Research Story:
⁃ More creatures, fish, and crops, and expanded researching mechanics.
⁃ More NPCS, more romanceables, Heart Events, and a marriage system.
⁃ Additional features such as festivals
⁃ More content for decoration and building
⁃ Controller support
The full roadmap will be shared on our launch day.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The Early Access version of Research Story features core systems and gameplay:
Research, farm, tame, fish! Players can complete research scrolls by observing different species, growing crops, taming animals, and fishing. There are currently 60+ researchables (crops, creatures and fish) in the game.
Explore the caves and mines! Players can also explore the mine for ores and gems, forage mushrooms, and solve puzzles in the caves of Shimmerbrook.
Befriend NPCs and go on Dates! Players can meet and befriend over 15 townsfolk, learning some of their backstories along the way. You can also schedule dates and hang out with 6 of them, and enjoy various activities while on a date.
Craft and Build! Add decor and useful items to your farms, such as Creature Pens, Shade Cloths, and Sun Lamps. There will also be Crafting Stations such as the Stone Forge and Composter where players can craft more items.
Complete Main Story Quests to uncover the reasons behind the plant and creature appearances in Shimmerbrook.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Research Story will be offered at a lower price during Early Access, and we expect the price to increase as we transition to full release.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We will be involving the community mainly through our Discord server and Steam’s Discussion forums. I’m always happy to hear your feedback and suggestions, and look forward to building a fun and adorable game with the community!”
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About This Game

Sightings of exotic plants and creatures near the town of Shimmerbrook have attracted a wave of new settlers. The Violet Archive was set up to record the development in the region, and is looking for researchers to aid its cause!

The Violet Archive needs your help!

  • Discover and record plants and creatures at various locations around Shimmerbrook, and contribute your findings to the Archive.
  • Grow crops, learn about the conditions they thrive in, and plan your farm layout accordingly!
  • Raise creatures and meet their needs! In turn, your creatures will give you perks to help you with farming and exploration.

Craft, tame, and build!

  • Craft items to customize your farm!
  • Tame creatures by observing them and learning about their diet!
  • Build the perfect farm based on the needs of your plants and creatures!

Meet the townsfolk!

  • Befriend townsfolk through conversations and by completing quests! From a druid whose family has lived for generations in the mountains, to a featherfolk whose first job is in this new town - many characters await in Shimmerbrook!

System Requirements

    • OS *: Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10
    • Processor: 2 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 RAM GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti
    • Storage: 600 MB available space
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.

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