Headed by University of California, Los Angeles student Emily Pitcher, indie game developer Sondering Studios has released their emotional visual novel The Space in Between. The game features a emotional narrative and presents a contemporary role for Asian-American identity and mental health.
Available as a free to play title on Steam and Itch players can relive the first time that they ever fell in love. The story follows the journey of love between a spunky Chinese-American college student named June and Miles. June has a complicated relationship with her immigrant mother and Miles is a quiet artist that is recovering after a harsh experience with mental illness.
Players in the game can affect the narrative for a different personal story. This is done by connecting the stars to make constellations and depending on what constellation the player creates will result in a different story. The game features two recommended playthrough paths and features original writing, art, and music.
Sondering Studios is an indie game development studio headed by University of California, Los Angeles student Emily Pitcher who also goes by Volcano Girl. Being a Chinese-American, Pitcher and six of the seven other team members working on The Space in Between consists of six Asian-Americans. Recognizing that the few Asian roles in mainstream gaming are mainly samurai warriors or martial artists the studio sought to create a project with a more contemporary representation.