On Monday, the developers behind the Arcade Spirits visual novels Fiction Factory Games announced that their next project, Penny Larceny: Gig Economy Supervillain is now available for players to buy and download on Steam. The game was delayed by a little under a month, as it was originally supposed to launch in July.
Another visual novel, this game follows the life of a young woman named Penny who is working as a freelance villainous henchperson in a world of caped crusaders and over-the-top villains. Penny has aspirations to become a supervillain herself, but that dream seems out of reach. Until she gets access to the Crimr app, that is. This gig economy service connects henchpeople to villains so they can help execute schemes.
Players will use Crimr to help Penny take jobs and build her reputation and career as a villain. Like past Fiction Factory titles, this game allows players to make branching choices throughout the story. You can use these choices to shape how the story turns out across seven capers. As you progress and start to make a name for yourself, you’ll have to come to a decision: will you overthrow capitalism or become its ruler? Beyond the fate of the world’s economic systems, though, you can also romance several of the game’s NPCs, who comprise a pretty diverse cast of both heroes and villains.
Fiction Factory employs a “play-it-your-way” philosophy, which goes beyond its choice-based narratives and inclusive romances. The devs also included several ways to help players across ability levels and preferences customize it to fit their needs. Some of these features include choosing your preferred name and alias, pronoun options, customizable player character appearance, settings for pursuing romance and NSFW content or not, text-to-speech, OpenDyslexia fonts, and other UX options.
“Penny Larceny represents something new for us — an open-fire social satire with fun characters occupying a moral grey zone. We’re hopeful it’ll resonate with an audience currently enduring the ongoing ‘fun’ of the 21st century,” said Fiction Factory Games Director Stefan Gagne in a press release.
Players can check Penny Larceny: Gig Economy Supervillain out now on PC via Steam for $10.79, 10% off to celebrate its launch and inclusion in Steam’s currently ongoing Visual Novel Fest.