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The tone can vary from the melodramatic to the comedic.
The recent release of , one of the more eccentric titles which casts the player as the sole human in a pigeon dating sim, also saw a successful international release on both Steam and the Playstation 4 this summer. opened up a North American branch with the goal of producing otome-inspired dating sims specifically targeted at a Western audience.
jo (or “young, beautiful girl”) games.” While many were doubtful about the market for female-targeted videogames of any kind, the genre became hugely popular among young Japanese women, inspiring an entire subculture of dedicated players.
Since then, the genre has garnered surprising success not only in Japan but worldwide as well, attracting the attention of over 22 million women last year.
“The games aren’t actually about ending up with your one true love,” explains Amanda Cosmos, game developer and founder of blog
“It’s actually more like this quantum perception of a storyline.
Following a successful Kickstarter where it made over double its original funding goal, released on Steam to overwhelmingly positive feedback, demonstrating how otome-inspired titles with Americanized subject matter and style are not only possible but welcome.
Cosmos even helped organize the Despite its peculiarities, otome is proving to be an oddly universal format.
Nowadays, with the advent of North American dating sim companies like Voltage and Idea Factory, the west is finally being invited to take part in the fun—and perhaps even develop its own unique identity.Largely, however, Voltage found that the love for bombastic romances was pretty cross-cultural.As Voltage CEO Yuki Tsutsami told The Daily Dot, “We feel this is an ubiquitous genre.One of the only choose your own adventure style games I have actually gone through multiple times.While not all the stories are brilliant, Rin & Emi's stories both do things I've never seen done in the genre, going places I would expect to see only in a quite good movie or book.