Submitted by DaveK on Mon, 07/24/2006 - 1:49pm

To be brief, Blade Engine at has released their game engine for free for use in visual novels.

It is probably best if you look at their web site for more information as to what a visual novel is. In short it is a computer game with very little input from the player/reader.

I wonder if this might not be the future of novels. Once everyone has a cell phone with a reasonable display and memory why not simply sell licenses to a book or movie and the cell phone downloads the next chapter as needed.

There are other game engines available. Torque from, blender, just google game engines for a big list. Even flash from macromedia could be used. (If you are interested in flash check out

Dave K