In a world where humans worship dragons as their gods, a human girl and a dragon boy meet each other by chance.
Follow the story of Chi An as she struggles between the responsibility towards her family, society, and freedom to pursue her own happiness.
To be honest, I have been waiting for this game to come out for sometime since I played the first demo and now it is! I can confidentially say that this game first introduced to Zeiva Inc. and while it has taken me awhile, I have come to really enjoy their games. One thing that caught me attention early on about this game was its wonderful art, which is done by SoundlessWind. Everyone has a great design, but there is something magical about the art, especially when it comes to the dragons and CGs. While, it is really strange to start off the game in black and white, there is a good reason for that. The GUI is also done well and does a good job in connecting the player to the setting of the story, though I am still getting used to the Unity system. The story also has an interesting concept when it comes to duty and family with the player deciding which path Chi An will follow in order to find her true happiness.
The story starts off with Chi An (name is not changeable) as a child, as she and her friends try to make it to the festival in time in order to see the fireworks. However, Chi An has been hiding something from those outside of her immediate family — she is completely color blind. However, something on this night changes her life forever and Chi An become fascinated with things outside of her everyday world. Flash forward 10 years later and Chi An is a young woman that is getting ready to marry her childhood friend, Ming Jie, though she isn’t as confident or as happy, as everyone around her seems to be about the prospect. Yet, one day while strolling win the Imperial Capital, Chi An meets a strange and mischievous young man with blond hair — Tian Zhao. From that point on, Chi An has to decides whether she will continue to follow what is dictated for her or whether she want to truly be free, though nobody said it was going to be easy.
Chi An seems to be hiding a lot by the end of the demo, but she seems to be good at handling all the pressure put on her because of all it. Chi An might seem quiet and dutiful, but she is also very curious with quite a rebellious streak, though she tries her hardest in order to make her mother happy. Though, she might be anxious about her upcoming wedding, she doesn’t seem to stop it from occurring, but that might change as she moves forward with her desire to learn more about Tian Zhao and dragons. She is also shown to be very hardworking when need be, but can be sort of a daydreamer and is determined to find out things when it peaks her interest. However, Chi An seems to have serious problem in voicing her emotions in regards to certain subjects, so it will be interesting to see how that changes over the course of the story.
There are 4 other main characters are connected to Chi An’s journey — Tian Zhao, Ming Jie, Tian Xi, and Xu Wei. All these young people seem to be searching for something, though some are more secretive and cautious about it than others. First off, Ming Jie is the childhood friend that Chi An is supposed to be marrying and while he does seem to love and care about her — there seems to be something missing between the two of them for it to actually be considered a “romance”. There just seems something really “perfect” about him, though it seems Chi An is one of the reasons that he changed so drastically. Tian Zhao has been the great disruption in Chi An’s life twice now, though his carefree and mischievous personality allows her a lot of freedom and shows a different side to her personality. However, the two of them being different species makes everyone oppose their friendship, so how will it work if they begin to fall in love? The last two make small appearances in the demo, though aside from being mysterious, there isn’t enough for me (personally) to form an opinion on them.
The game can go a lot of different ways and Chi An seems to have a lot of potential development in the full game, depending on how the player decides to spend her time and with who. Dragon Essence has been in production for quite some time, but from the demo it seems that it will be worth the wait. So, consider checking the demo out and pre-ordering the game!