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Highway Blossoms: Next Exit is DLC to the base game, Highway Blossoms. The base game will be necessary to run this DLC.

Return to Las Vegas with Amber and Marina in this new Highway Blossoms story! A couple months after the events of the first game, the two girls return to the desert city for an alien-themed convention and to see Tess for her birthday. They also end up reuniting with Cassi, the candy shop girl, who's determined to start following her own dreams.

  • Brand new story and scenario with multiple viewpoints. Some sections follow Amber and Marina, while some sections follow Tess. Additionally, there are certain parts where you can choose to read from Amber or Marina's point of view.

  • New character expressions and outfits, as well as gorgeous new CG's and item cut-ins
  • Full voice acting featuring all the original cast
  • Several new musical tracks from a variety of composers
  • Cassi
StatusIn development
Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
(27 total ratings)
AuthorsStudio Élan, Theo, adirosa, Karen/あけみ
GenreVisual Novel
Made withpygame, Ren'Py, SDL
TagsAnime, Female Protagonist, Gay, Lesbian, LGBT, Roadtrip, Romance, Story Rich, wlw, Yuri
Average sessionA few hours


Buy Now$10.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $10 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Highway Blossoms Next Exit 1.2.4 - DLC Only [67DEDF0A].zip 455 MB


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does this game have proper self-voicing?

Having trouble getting this to work with the version of the game I purchased from Jast USA recently (I'm on mac and the file is chilling in my autorun folder). Can I get some help troubleshooting? Looking forward to playing :)

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Can you send us an email to melanie@vnstudioelan.com please, and reference this post in it?

I also purchased the base game through JAST USA and I am also having issues getting the DLC to work. I am either getting error messages or the DLC is just not showing up. I tried installing Next Exit through the itch.io website and the launcher, but no luck. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. Am I just placing the DLC files into the wrong folder (I thought it would be under the "game" folder)? Do I also need to send an email to that same address? 

Yes, please send us an email


Come for more of the cute gay couple, stay for the story of the emotionally disturbed neurodivergent kid.

Seriously Tess' story made me cry so much. Not entirely sure what it says about me how much I can relate to her but w/e.


This was a fun addition to the original game! Loved the story of both the original and the DLC. The voice acting is really good too. 

I purchased this DLC and am having trouble getting it to work. I own the original Highway Blossoms on itchio. I followed the instruction on the download page but they did not work. I have Windows 10. Where can I get help getting it to work? Thanks.

Hey Samzilla, so sorry to hear that! We'll need a little more info to help see what the issue is:

Do you get an error message of some sort, or does it simply not show up when you start the game? It would be under the Extras menu on the title screen.

Make sure you have the most recent version of the base game installed too; if you installed it a long time ago, please try reinstalling it.

If these don't work, please email us at melanie at vnstudioelan.com, and we'll try and get you sorted.

Downloading the latest version of HB1 worked. Thank you!

Where in the game's directory do you add the .rpa file?

Never mind, got it all figured out.

Unfortunately, the adult patch didn't work with the DLC, not that the DLC really needed it.  It worked fine with the base game, but didn't get any adult scenes in the DLC.

Yeah, there's no additional adult content in the DLC with or without the patch

Ok, thanks.  I figured as much, but wanted to make sure, since the replies here weren't clear.


Im having trouble unzipping the file, it keeps giving me an error saying the file cannot be opened as archive

Is the adult patch compatible with this DLC? I'm getting some file not found errors in the gallery.


It's compatible, yes. Please make sure you're using both the newest version of the base game as well as the newest version of the adult patch

Ok, thanks! I have the most current version of the base game - how do I verify that my patch file is up-to-date?

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Umm... I have both the original game and the DLC on GOG (version 2.5.4). Do I need this patch for the GOG version, and if so - Where can I download it?

If you're referring to the adult patch, it's optional, and can be found and downloaded for free on Denpasoft (will work on other versions too).


Great base game, I purchased it from the Equality Bundle, and loved it so much! Definitely saving up for the DLC in the upcoming future! Thank you for the phenomenal experience, as it was my first time diving into VN as well.

Hi there! I apologize if my previous comment sounded a bit rude. I just pointed out those two problems because I wanted to help to improve this game. Those are just two minor things and guess what? I've just finished the DLC and those were the only issues I found.

I really loved the story and it made me realize that I like romance stories, I enjoyed it very much.

Thank you for making this!

By the way, regarding the issue with the voice volume, I have to confess that I actually fixed it myself. I downloaded a certain tool, extracted the voice tracks, and then used an Audacity macro to increase the volume of those tracks by +9db (with the Amplify effect). Finally I repackaged it and enjoyed a good voice volume for the rest of the story. So if you are planning on fixing that, a simple Audacity macro is all it takes.


Hi there! I want to point out a couple of problems I found.

  1. Right after installing the DLC and starting it, apparently all CGs have been automatically unlocked in the galleries. It has 4 pages and I think with the base game alone it was just 2. It's not a big deal, but it may be a bit spoiler.
  2. Maybe it's just me, but I think the voice volume of the DLC is a bit too low, at least compared to the base game. I've checked the game settings and verified that the volume of all characters was at 100%. Again, it's not a big deal, but it would be nice if you could increase the base volume. If someone finds it too loud they can always lower it from the settings.

Hi there! Quick question. Is Amber's route near the beginning of the DLC something that needs to be unlocked by reading further or there are sections not available from her perspective? I chose Amber and then some time later it switched to Marina's perspective automatically.

I actually chose Marina first, and then after completing the scene (or getting near it) I started the DLC again and chose Amber.

The POV swaps are only for certain scenes, not the entire game. Some scenes (like the first scene) let you choose which POV to read from, others have POV swaps by default.

Ok, thanks for the info, it's still cool to have those POV swaps. It was fun to get into Marina's head for a while.

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Sorry to bother you again, but it's now a month ago that I got the message that the GOG version would be updated to accommodate for the expansion. However - I checked today but is the stillsame old version 1.0, so I cannot buy the Next Exit expansion because it won't work with this version. 

I don't want to sound impatient, but I think that asking about it after a month of patiently waiting it is not too soon. So - how much longer do I have to wait? Any indication?

Hi, the game version on GOG was updated several weeks ago. Have you tried redownloading it? As for the DLC itself, we're still waiting for it to be uploaded to GOG, it's not something that we control ourselves.

I am sorry to say that there is still no new stand-alone installer on GOG. It is still version 1.0. I have contacted consumer support on GOG, and they said they will contact you about the situation. I really don't want to complain here, but I am starting to loose hope I will ever play this DLC. I am not sure who is responsible for this situation any longer, but it seems it's getting nowhere.

I really hope this will be resolved at some time, but I guess it won't be soon.

Hi. You most likely spoke to someone at a different department at GOG. We received a request for, and sent over, the promotional assets earlier this week. It will be on GOG. We cannot upload it ourselves. There's really nothing else I can say. Thank you for your patience.

Next Exit is now available on GOG

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I have noticed it. Thanks a lot. This is already on my "to buy" list, and will be bought the upcoming week. I also saw you brought out "I told you so", and as I loved Heart of the Woods I will get this one soon. I hope to see the sequel (at least I think I could call it that) of First Snow. And, of course, Please be Happy - I will buy that one for sure.
Anyway - Thanks for all the hard work, and best wishes for all your future projects.

I'm sorry, but an uncaught exception occurred.

While running game code:
Exception: Could not load from archive images/NextExit/minutes home/cgdefines.rpyc.

-- Full Traceback ------------------------------------------------------------

Full traceback:
  File "D:\visual novel\IGG-Highway.Blossoms\renpy\bootstrap.py", line 277, in bootstrap
  File "D:\visual novel\IGG-Highway.Blossoms\renpy\main.py", line 354, in main
    renpy.game.script.load_script() # sets renpy.game.script.
  File "D:\visual novel\IGG-Highway.Blossoms\renpy\script.py", line 259, in load_script
    self.load_appropriate_file(".rpyc", ".rpy", dir, fn, initcode)
  File "D:\visual novel\IGG-Highway.Blossoms\renpy\script.py", line 652, in load_appropriate_file
    raise Exception("Could not load from archive %s." % (lastfn,))
Exception: Could not load from archive images/NextExit/minutes home/cgdefines.rpyc.


everytime i try tu run it, iget this message , what should i do?


Hi, please redownload the base game and then install the DLC onto that, as you need the most recent version.

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I bought the game through the equality bundle pack. I was able to play the game by downloading it from the itch.io site but what happens when I buy the DLC? How do I load it into the game?
Many thanks

By the way, the game was sensational. It was my first venture into visual novels and oh boy was I impressed. The characters are so well written, the music is excellent and the emotional journey I went through along with the characters is up there with how I felt playing my favourite single player games. Very well done!

Hello! Thank you so much, we're glad you enjoyed it!

When you purchase the DLC, there'll be a step-by-step install instructions to put it into the original game folder. Once you do, if you hit play you should be able to access the DLC from the extras menu!

You will need to redownload the base game to play the DLC, too.

That's great, thanks for the reply and the info.
Keep up the good work! :)

Great sequel! It was cool to dive deeper into the other characters in the story.

Would you ever consider porting this and the base game to android?

We have no plans to right now, sorry!

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Sorry to bother again, but is this DLC compatible with the GOG version of the base game I own? I really want to buy this DLC, but of course only if it's working correctly. I do not feel much urge to buy the base game a second time on another platform, just to get the DLC working.

It will be up on GOG soon, it just takes us a bit longer to get things up on that platform. Right now it wouldn't work because the base game on GOG hasn't been updated to the new version yet.

Thanks a lot. It's not yet there, but I will wait patiently. It's a bit of a bummer that the GOG platform is late, but I still prefer it above other platforms.

I will looking forward to this DLC, because I really liked the original visual novel. I also liked Heart of the Woods very much, so I hope you will earn enough to keep you motivated to put out these nice visual novels.

(I deleted my first post, since what I thought was an error actually wasn't. My bad on that!)

So, the second time that the "select your perspective" option pops up (the time in the kitchen, if I'm wrong about that being the second time), when I select Amber's side, an error message pops up. Clicking ignore lets me continue just fine, and it doesn't happen when I select Marina's perspective, so it's not really much of a problem, but it still happens. Is anyone else having this? If not, I can trawl through the code that pops up to see where something's going wrong on my end - and, as I said, you can click "Ignore" at the bottom and continue on if it does happen to you.

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Yep, we'll be fixing this soon. Sorry for the trouble.

Edit: As of version 2.54, this issue has been fixed.


I pasted the dlc file into the game file but when i try to open the game now it fails and shows me a bunch of code


You may have to update your base Highway Blossoms game. We added a lot of UI improvements and new screens that are necessary to play Next Exit.


I own the original game on GOG, and would love to see this DLC coming to that platform too. Are there any plans to do so?
Anyway - I looking forward to this DLC. I loved the original one, so I have no doubt this will be a great one too.

I own the game on Steam and have like 40 hours in it, loved the voice acting update and thought that was all we would ever get out of these characters. So happy I was wrong. I will buy it first on Steam since that's where I play the game, but since I got it here in the recent charity bundle as well I may double dip for a DRM free version as well in the future. Always happy to support the great work you guys do on your VNs, I can't wait!


The original game made me cry for 5 hours and i didn't realize there was still more to come for their story... I cannot put into words how much this means to me. Thank you. <3

I bought the original on denpasoft and loved it. I'm very very excited for this DLC!

Will there be additional 18+ content?

Hey! Thanks for the interest, and we hope you enjoy!

This DLC will be all-ages, so there won't be any new 18+ content.

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I remembered my review on the original story... 

"I came here to review this splendid game but the new promotional trailer is too damn good for i to speak anything else.

New Game+
EZ Mode: Nice, very nice! Where is Mariah and the crew? ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
Normal: Don't know.... ( ͡ᵔ ͜ʖ ͡ᵔ )
Extreme: This is not the only weird feeling thing that's gonna been vibrating. (͠≖ ͜ʖ͠≖)

Thank you so much AlienWorks!"



What if you got the base game from the recent charity bundle?


Then you have the base game and can play the DLC.


Apologies,  but where's the download link?

Our bad - it's coming September 25th! Sorry about that.