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Because We're Here ~Mohnblume und Blauerose~

Status Updates

2015-07-24: title added to greenlight with the title of 'Because We're Here ~ Mohnblume und Blauerose'
2015-07-26: status changed from 'Waiting' to ''
2015-08-06: status changed from 'Waiting' to 'Greenlit'
2016-01-01: title changed from 'Because We're Here ~ Mohnblume und Blauerose' to 'Because We're Here ~Mohnblume und Blauerose~'
2016-06-03: item has been marked as Incompatable
2016-06-04: item has been marked as Compatable
2016-07-06: item has been marked as Incompatible
2016-07-06: item has been marked as Compatible
2018-06-29: status changed from 'Greenlit' to 'Released'
Because We’re Here ~Mohnblume und Blauerose~ is an upcoming visual novel otome game for Windows and Mac, following neurotic postwoman Elfriede Rauss as she navigates the battlefields of an alternate First World War. While investigating the harsh realities of her country’s involvement in an unwinnable war, Elfriede is given the opportunity to grow close to - and even romance - a variety of eligible gentlemen; from childhood friends to aristocrats to corporals to cowards.

Unfortunately, in exciting times things rarely work out so simply - and life can change completely from one day to the next…

Because We’re Here is an excessively dark dating sim, with a rich in-game lore and a twisting narrative full of humour, heart and extreme anti-romantic horror. It’s Studio Elfriede’s flagship visual novel, with knockout character and CG art by J. L. Bartels and a magnificent original soundtrack by Matias Heimlander.

Praise for the Because We’re Here Demo:

"It’s an amazing accomplishment for just a demo to create such an emotional investment in the story and the characters, and that’s exactly what this demo does. It makes you think. It makes you question. It makes you feel." - Otome Sweetheart

"Because We’re Here reminded me of what great writing could do for a visual novel […] The pacing is excellent and the humor is on point. The characters, story and gameplay are all wonderful enough to make this game deserving of your time." - Kokoro Cafe

"This game’s great. Hands down, no ifs, ands, or buts. I’m loving it and I can’t wait for the next chapter or section to come out. But you really, really know how to tear out someone’s heart, Indiana Jones style, grind it into the dirt, and then toss it into shark-infested waters. And that’s a quality you don’t often come across. Basically, I’m super excited to see the next installment!" - Tumblr user ‘MadlyHazel’

"Because We’re Here isn’t just an otome game, it is telling multiple stories woven together […] Studio Elfriede has a great and complex game on their hands, I deeply enjoyed it and highly suggest everyone to play it." - Hayurika

"It isn’t trying to be some cute dating game during a war, but rather a game that explores the horror of combat and the humanity of those who have to fight […] Depressing, irreverent, and touching at the same time." -

"This is exactly the kind of visual novel (and romance game!) I’ve been waiting for; played the demo, which was fantastic and completely broke my heart to boot. If it continues in the vein of the first chapter - and the story feels like it’s just hitting its stride, so there’s no reason to think it won’t! - the full product is going to be something really special." - Steam user ‘Gaby’


Visit for full character profiles, more screenshots and a free download of 'Because We're Here ~Mohnblume und Blauerose~ Chapter 1', a three-hour-long demo and practically a short, self-contained visual novel in its own right!

The game is made using the Ren'Py engine.