November 1st Bug-Fixing Build and Artist Spotlight

Have you heard of “Inktober”? It’s a drawing challenge that takes place in the month of October; the idea is to create one drawing for every day of the month. Artists are given a “prompt” for every day of October; a prompt might be “Poison” or “Whale” or “Muddy” or something else along those lines.

In 2016, a Russian artist named TachTan decided to create Yandere Simulator-themed drawings for Inktober. She drew Kokona eating poisoned food for “Hungry”, Yandere-chan hiding a knife for “Hidden”, etc. I was absolutely astounded by TachTan’s artwork, because she frequently drew characters in locations or situations we’ve never seen them in, such as Yandere-chan hugging a body pillow of Senpai, or drew creative and artistic concepts, such as Oka Ruto’s body tangled around the arms of a clock. I was also amazed by the sheer amount of details she packed into the backgrounds of her images, such as all of the books on Info-chan’s shelf in this image.

So, of course, I was absolutely thrilled when TachTan chose to draw Yandere Simulator-themed images again in 2017. Once again, she drew plausible scenarios that we’ve never seen in-game, such as Kaga Kusha experimenting on rats, or Yandere-chan spacing out on a date with Senpai. Within the game itself, we’ll never actually get to see Yandere-chan rotting in a prison cell after being arrested for her crimes, but thanks to TachTan, we get to see what it might look like. Just like before, she drew fantastical scenarios such as Yandere-chan having a katana duel with the Succubus Demon, and packed her backgrounds with dozens of details, like in this illustration of Kuu Dere reading a mountain of books.

When the calendar date rolled over from September 30th to to October 1st, I thought of TachTan. I wondered if she’d chose a Yandere Simulator theme for her Inktober drawings again this year. With a sigh, I acknowledged that it was unlikely. The amount of Yandere Simulator fan art and cosplay has been dwindling over the past couple of years. Many artists who frequently drew Yandere Sim fan art in the past have now moved on to other fandoms. Of course, I fully understand why; it’s not easy to maintain enthusiasm for an unreleased game with an unusually long development cycle. It makes perfect sense that there are people who have moved on. I only hope that I can capture their interest again when the final game comes out; that’s the only time when hype really matters.

Dejectedly, I gradually accepted the fact that I probably wouldn’t hear from TachTan again this year.

Then, yesterday, I got an e-mail.

It was TachTan! Typing no more than a single, simple sentence – “please look at my art” – she linked me to 31 Inktober drawings – all using the theme of Yandere Simulator!

Surprisingly emotional artwork depicting Midori learning about her true nature as a clone. A shocking number of objects in the background as Oka Ruto reaches for a book on a high shelf. A scenario that we may or may not actually see within the game itself, the Gardening Club discovering bones in their garden. Fantastical situations, such as Miyuji floating in a column of music. And, of course, just cute and silly stuff, like Yandere-chan geeking out over Senpai’s boxer shorts. It’s all here! Everything I love about TachTan’s artwork! And in 2018, a year that has only seen a relatively sparse amount of Yandere Sim fanart! 31 new illustrations from TachTan! Even though it was Halloween, it felt more like Christmas when I opened that e-mail!

It’s difficult to express how happy it made me to see TachTan’s artwork again this year. And when I saw it, I simply couldn’t do any less than write a blog post about it. I want the world to see her art, and to know how much I appreciate it!

So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you, TachTan! I’m very, very happy that you chose to give your Inktober drawings a Yandere Sim theme this year, and I hope that this isn’t the last time I’ll see you draw the characters!

…by the way, new build. Click “Continue Reading” for the changelog.

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Happy Halloween!

EDIT: I’ve uploaded a new build with bug fixes! If you downloaded the original Halloween build, you should upgrade to the new one!

If you’ve been visiting this blog for a few years, you’re probably familiar with a few of my annual traditions. Some of them are pretty silly, but when a tradition has been going for several years in a row, I have a hard time breaking it. So, just like last year, and the year before that, and the year before that, and the year before that, it’s time for another…

 Yandere Sim Spooktacular!

What’s a “Spooktacular”, you ask? Well, the name probably makes it sound a lot more grandiose than what it really is. In short, a “Spooktacular” is when I take a couple of days to produce a horror-themed minigame that pays tribute to one of my favorite games. The first one was Yanvania, and the second one was Yandertale, and the third one was Midori Forest. So, what have I got prepared for this year?

Because I already produced two minigames this year (the Miyuki shoot-em-up and the Light Music Club’s rhythm game) I decided not to make a third minigame. I wouldn’t want to become known as “MinigameDev”, after all! I want to spend the majority of my time on developing the core game, so I didn’t make a minigame this year. Instead, I decided to very quickly put something into the game that I’ve been planning for a very long time. It’s horror-themed, which makes it perfect for Halloween!

You want to know what it is? Well, here’s a hint, in the form of artwork drawn by Lincoln Sherlocks:

As far as hints go, this one is about as subtle as a slap to the face, isn’t it? You can probably already tell exactly what it is!

A new build is now available, containing some bug fixes and a couple of Halloween treats. Because some YouTubers have already figured out the steps to unlock this treat, and I feel guilty that they have to do it all over again, I’ll type out some tips to make the process a bit smoother:

  1. To learn exactly what you must do, visit the Demon Realm and speak to the Empty Demon.
  2. If the Empty Demon isn’t present in the Demon Realm, it means that you eliminated a key character too early. Reset the week to revive everyone, and try again, but this time try not to let that character die too soon.
  3. With the debug menu open, the left ctrl key teleports you to the Occult Club. Using the Void Goddess and teleportation, it’s possible to accomplish the demon’s request very quickly – I was able to do it in 3 minutes and 15 seconds. (I wonder if anyone can beat my time?)
  4. Once the demon’s request is fulfilled, you will gain a new ability that can be toggled on or off by giggling. Approach a student and you’ll see a new option become available!

EDIT: If your Halloween simply isn’t complete without a horror-themed Yandere Simulator minigame, then you should consider checking out “YandereDev’s GREATEST NIGHTMARE”, a minigame created by AMZE!

It’s simple, but charming! You can download it at AMZE’s blog!

To read a list of the bug fixes and changes I made in the current build, click “Continue Reading”!

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October 24th Bug-Fixing Build (and framerate improvement?)

Hey! The previous build was mostly stable, but had a few annoying bugs, so I’ve released a new update that hopefully fixes those issues. By the way, there’s something I’d like to mention:

About a month ago, I saw the game’s framerate mysteriously drop by about 7 FPS. I reviewed the changes I made to the game, around that point in time, and I couldn’t identify anything that would have such a significant impact on the framerate. I was completely baffled!

While I was attempting to search for a solution, I found something completely unrelated that improved the framerate by 7 FPS. But, because of the mysterious FPS drop, the result was -7, +7…in other words, zero! So, even though I found something that drastically improved the FPS, it felt like I hadn’t made any progress at all!

For the past month, I’ve been trying to figure out what caused that mysterious FPS drop…and today, I think I’ve finally discovered and fixed the problem! My FPS seems to have increased by about 7 FPS – meaning that it’s actually gone up 14 FPS within the past month! I’m really psyched about that!

If you have the previous build of the game, I’m curious to know if you’d be interested in comparing it to the current build of the game, and letting me know whether or not you see an improvement. If we can confirm that the FPS went up in the latest build, then this provides me with a huge amount of insight, and I’ll be able to make further progress with improving the FPS! Exciting stuff!

Anyway, to read a list of everything that changed in the latest build, scroll down past this super badass illustration by Lincoln Sherlocks!

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October 21st Bug-Fixing Build

Oops! There were a lot of weird bugs with the End-of-Day sequence in the previous build. I guess it’s to be expected, since I changed practically everything about it and couldn’t test every one of the numerous scenarios. If you played yesterday’s build, then you saw a buggy, half-functional version of the EoD sequence I wanted you to see. However, I feel confident that the latest version is fully operational and bug-free!

I also made a handful of minor improvements. For example, now you actually see the police discovering an unconscious girl in a box, instead of just seeing the box itself:

I’ll continue to tweak it and improve upon it over time.

The changelog for this build is longer than usual! For a full list of everything that I fixed in the new build, scroll down past this absolutely phenomenal artwork by COOLBOSS13!

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End-of-Day Visuals

How many times have you seen these words?

When the player leaves school – or when the school day ends – there are several events that may need to transpire. Depending on the player’s actions, the police might arrive at school, someone might get called into the guidance counselor’s office, a club might get shut down, etc.

Instead of depicting these scenarios visually with 3D models and animations, I have been using pink words on a black background to describe what happens when the school day ends. I call this the “End-of-Day” sequence. Even though I almost never mention it in my videos or blog posts, it’s one of the most important (and complex!) aspects of the entire game!

From the beginning, I’ve always wanted the End-of-Day sequence to have visuals, instead of being text floating in an empty black void. As of now, I’m proud to say that the End-of-Day sequence finally has visuals! The visuals are very, very simple, but they’re still much better than plain text on a black background. Here’s an example of what the player will see if the police arrive at school and arrest Yandere-chan for murder:

Huge improvement, don’t you think?

I regard many of the current animations to be placeholders; I’m planning to have them replaced with improved versions in the future.

The End-of-Day sequence has visuals for all of the following circumstances:

  • The police arriving at school
  • Whether or not the police find any corpses
  • Whether or not the police find any murder weapons
  • Whether or not the police find any fingerprints on the murder weapons
  • Whether or not the police find anything helpful on the school’s security cameras
  • Whether or not the police find Yandere-chan guilty of a crime
  • Whether or not the police find an unconscious tranquilized student inside of a musical instrument case
  • Whether or not masks are banned from school, as a result of security cameras or eyewitnesses seeing a masked killer at school
  • The police leaving school
  • Yandere-chan stalking Senpai and returning home
  • A student (like Kokona) being sent to the guidance counselor
  • One of Info-chan’s “Schemes” failing (like failing to complete the Scheme that involves Sakyu Basu’s ring, or failing to complete the Scheme that involves stealing an answer sheet from the faculty room)
  • A club shutting down
  • Yandere-chan returning to school to retrieve a tranquilized victim
  • Whether or not the school erects a fence to prevent rooftop-related deaths in the future
  • Whether or not Megami orders the installation of security cameras and metal detectors in response to a student council member’s death
  • Whether or not Yandere-chan is arrested
  • Whether or not another student besides Yandere-chan is arrested
  • Whether or not the police investigate a corpse that fell from the school roof, was poisoned, was drowned, or was electrocuted

Because of the sheer number of different outcomes that can occur during the End-of-Day sequence, it’s possible that there are some bugs in the current build. I tried to bug-test it as much as possible, but something might have slipped past me. Rest assured that if there are any bugs, I’ll address them in the next build!

Speaking of fixing bugs, I also fixed a bunch of bugs in the latest build. Click “Continue Reading” to see a list of everything that was fixed!

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October 16th Bug-Fixing Build

There were still a few bugs lingering around in the previous build, so I’m releasing a new build that addresses those issues!

To read a list of everything that is new/fixed/different in the latest build, please scroll down past this gorgeous cosplay by HeartlessAquarius, photographed by Deegan Marie Photography!

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