Doki Doki Literature Club Plus Announced – E3 2021

Game designer Dan Salvato announced the release of Doki Doki Literature Club Plus today, an updated version of his breakout indie horror game Doki Doki Literature Club. Doki Doki Literature Club Plus will include the original Doki Doki Literature Club game as well as new story content, music, and art, and will release on PC, Switch, XBox, and Playstation on June 30th.

2017’s Doki Doki Literature Club took the internet by storm upon its release, as a free-to-play indie psychological horror game masquerading as a poetry-based dating simulator. While dating sims as a genre are known for having one particular character/route that leads to a bad or horrific ending, Doki Doki Literature Club as a game takes a hard left turn out of cute dating sim shenanigans and into inescapable horror about ninety minutes in. It became a darling of the Let’s Play community, as viewers would flock to let’s play videos to see reactions to The Twist and its subsequent events, including horror every bit as meta as it was terrifying and a climax that required tinkering with the actual game files in order to succeed (something that the game itself makes very clear). DDLC is a beautifully written and tightly programmed rabbit hole of a game, drawing players in from the get-go, and the announcement of DDLC+ today was met with unbridled enthusiasm from the fanbase, still present and active four years after the game’s release.

DDLC+ will include extra stories called Side Stories detailing how the game’s characters became friends before the events of DDLC; it will also include 26 audio tracks (including new music and some guest tracks from World of Warcraft composer Jason Hayes) and an art gallery with 100+ unlockable pieces (including game art, wallpapers, and production sketches), as well as surprise content not revealed in the initial announcement. The physical packages for the console versions will also include a sticker sheet, character standees, a soundtrack download code, and a Literature Club membership card. Doki Doki Literature Club Plus will release on June 30th; more information is available at ddlc.plus.

— Katie Cullen

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