I wanted to let everyone know about a visual novel that I haven’t found any posts about just yet. It’s been gaining in popularity among streamers and gamers who don’t usually read VNs, even getting articles on Polygon and Kotaku (which I am not linking because they are much more lenient with spoilers). I recommend for anyone who is interested in reading it to avoid spoilers if you can. I will use spoiler tags for those who don’t feel like reading, but who might be wondering about the attention it’s receiving.
There are warnings you might encounter when you download or research this game, these are serious.
This game is not recommended for children or those who are easily disturbed.
Doki Doki Literature Club is a free visual novel by Team Salvato, a new US game studio started by Dan Salvato, who some may know in the Super Smash Bros Melee community. It follows a school aged protagonist joining a literature club with four members: Sayori, Natsuki, Yuri, and Monika. A full playthrough generally takes between 4-5 hours.
For those who have read visual novels before, it is not a generic school life dating sim. It starts this way,
but eventually reaches a twist and the genre shifts to horror The visual novel does a really nice job of playing off of expectations and then breaking them.
It is not a perfect VN, and I wouldn’t expect that from a brand new studio releasing a free visual novel. But with its design and how it’s been received I’m really excited to see what comes next from Team Salvato.