Hello! I’m here with a new teaser image! This time, it’s a screenshot of the new club that will be coming to the game in the next update:
What do you think the club will be? What do you think that big grey object in the middle of the room is? What do you think you’ll be able to do in this room? I’m interested in hearing your theories!
But, that isn’t the only thing I wanted to share with you today. There’s something important that I think I should clarify. It’ll require a lot of text, so I’ll put it underneath a “Continue Reading” link. Click “Continue Reading” to hear what I’ve got to say.
“10 Rivals Update” Clarification
On June 17th, the day that I began working on the 10 Rivals Update, I wrote a public post on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/posts/future-plans-and-52607859 In this post, I clearly communicated the exact nature of the 10 Rivals Update. This is what I said:
“I’m going to implement a new gameplay mode. In this new mode, you don’t play as Yandere-chan; you play as a completely different protagonist. The star of this mode is a different yandere girl, who has her own 10 rivals to eliminate. The purpose of this mode is to allow people to playtest the experience of eliminating 10 rivals across 10 weeks, so I can gather feedback and criticism.”
(The Patreon post goes into thorough detail, so if you want to gain a deeper understanding, you should really just read the whole Patreon post.)
I decided to keep most of the details of the mode a secret so that it would be a big surprise when it was finally revealed. That is the reason why I often used very vague wording in my progress reports.
When I recently stated that I had “finished the 10th rival,” I was talking about the 10th rival of this new gameplay mode. I was announcing the completion of the new gameplay mode, not the completion of the entire game. (This context is missing from a screenshot that has been getting a lot of attention on Twitter.)
When I first announced Yandere Simulator in 2014, a lot of people got excited to play a game about killing 10 rivals. However, over the next 7 years, instead of focusing exclusively on implementing the rivals, I chose to expand other aspects of the game. This resulted in a lot of people becoming very disappointed in me.
In many ways, the upcoming 10 Rivals Mode is intended to be the Yandere Simulator that you expected when you first heard about the game. Not an amusement park that is constantly updated with new activities; a complete experience with a beginning, a middle, and an end. You start a new game, you do the tutorial, you eliminate 10 rivals over 10 weeks, you watch the ending cutscene, you see the credits roll. It is very elaborate, with a lot of new characters, new environments, and new features. The main character is not named “Yandere-chan”, and the rivals that you will eliminate are not the ones I announced in 2016, but in every other way, it is what you wanted me to deliver when you first got hyped about the game.
Once the 10 Rivals Update has been released, Yandere Simulator will finally offer a “complete” experience; an experience where you kill 10 girls over 10 weeks, and bring a story from its beginning to its conclusion. You will be able to “complete a playthrough of Yandere Simulator” and “play Yandere Simulator from beginning to end.” However, this doesn’t mean that Yandere Simulator will officially be “finished” as soon as the update is released. The game will not qualify as being “done” until I’ve implemented the 10 rivals that I announced in 2016.
By the way! All of the work I did for the 10 Rivals Update is work that needed to be done eventually, anyway. For example, creating a system that allows the player to transition from week to week. Creating a system that changes the characters and circumstances at school depending on what week it is. Et cetera. This is all work that needed to get done, anyway, regardless of whether or not I was creating a side-story where a new yandere girl kills 10 new rivals.
At the end of my most recent video, I described some of the reasons why a lot of people have lost faith in me. I know that I will have to do a lot of work to get that faith back. I had to start somewhere, and so I chose to start by giving people the Yandere Simulator they expected and wanted when they first heard about the game. That’s what 10 Rivals Mode is.
There is a lot more that I could say, but it would spoil the big surprise. The only other thing I’m willing to say at this point in time is this: Once 10 Rivals Mode is released, you’ll never hear me call it “10 Rivals Mode” again, because that’s not what it’s going to be called within the game.
I hope that this post has cleared a lot of things up for you! And remember: When you see a random screenshot on Twitter/Reddit/YouTube, you are never getting the full story. Get your information firsthand, instead of just believing whatever you hear online.