Doki Doki Literature Club was a freeware visual novel that was first distributed through itch.io and Steam as a deceptively light hearted dating simulator with a dark psychological twist. Its crazy surreal and unsettling aura has made it a cult classic and now it’s coming to consoles on June 30, 2021 as Doki Doki Literature Club Plus!
Announced at the IGN Expo 2021 livestream, Doki Literature Club Plus! will bring the fourth-wall breaking horror send up of high school anime tropes to not just Xbox consoles, but Nintendo Switch and PlayStation. Oh and PC too. This digital release will also coincide with a special physical launch via boutique publisher Serenity Forge.
A post by developer Dan Salvato, who wrote the game based on some of his discomfort towards dating anime tropes, detailed some of the new content coming. There will be six new Side Stories that take place outside the timeline of the original game, focusing on how all the club members met and became friends.
“I really wanted to create an environment where these characters, with very real and relatable insecurities, have to learn to overcome communication barriers, respect each other’s needs, and reflect on themselves,” wrote Salvato. “I think that will be really meaningful to those of you who relate to the characters, or maybe even find yourselves in similar situations. I think this is a great time for some wholesome storytelling that can help keep us inspired to continue improving ourselves and our relationships with others.”
There will also be new music, and a built-in music player with a custom playlist function, in case you want to just build your own chill lo-fi playlist with some low-key horro vibes. Other features include a picture gallery with over 100 unlockable pictures, including artwork and never-before-seen concept sketches.
All of the artwork from the original game has also been scanned back in at a higher resolution. And fitting a modern, more sensitive climate, there are optional content warnings, so you can get a heads-up when the story is approaching some scenes with sensitive material. It’s worth it though, for all the memes that the original release spawned, it dealt with some tough and relatable themes.