A Game About Peoples’ Relationships With Fictional Characters
Doki Doki Literature Club was one of the stand-out indie games of 2017, partly because of its adorable characters and slick production values, but mostly because of the twist: this cute, happy-looking dating sim is actually a very meta psychological horror game. Four years later, Dan Salvato has announced plans to expand the game’s content in the form of the upcoming Doki Doki Literature Club Plus!, an updated version that contains several new Side Stories where the members of the Literature Club get to know each other. Salvato states in the trailer that he wanted Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! to be a game about the relationships people can have with fictional characters and fiction in general. Of course, he also states that he thinks the Side Stories will be a great opportunity for wholesome storytelling and life lessons about respecting other people and overcoming communication barriers, which sounds pretty sus to us.
Key features will include:
- 6 new Side Stories about friendship and literature, totaling hours of new content
- 100+ unlockable images including new game art, wallpapers, never-before-seen concept sketches, and more
- 26 total music tracks, including 13 all-new unlockable songs by Nikki Kaelar, plus special guests Jason Hayes and Azuria Sky
- A built-in DDLC music player to unwind with your favorite songs in a custom playlist, or loop a single track forever
- A high-fidelity visual upgrade with all artwork now in Full HD (1080p)
Although Salvato freely admits the game is a psychological horror experience, he refuses to show off anything scary in this gameplay trailer, which really isn’t doing anything for our nerves. The longer he makes us wait, the more stressed out we get. How many more jump scares and new existentially horrifying concepts could he have packed into this re-release? It looks like we’ll have to wait and find out when it launches.
Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! will be available on PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S|X on June 30th, 2021.