The Final Stage of Osana’s Development

New video, check it out!

A significant portion of the video is about extremely minor changes that I’ve been making recently. It might seem a little boring to hear about such tiny adjustments, but that’s the entire point; to communicate that, at this stage of development, the only things left for me to do are minor fixes, because all of the major stuff is complete!

In short: Osana is fully functional, and what I’m doing right now is testing each one of her elimination methods to make sure there aren’t any problems, so I can prepare her for release. Exciting, right?!

But, don’t get TOO excited, because there is still one last hurdle to overcome before Osana is released. I want the official demo to feel like a significant upgrade from the debug sandbox, so I want to update several aspects of the game before I release the demo. Trust me, it’s going to be worth it.

While I was going through the “quality assurance” phase of Osana’s development, I fixed bugs and removed exploits that were unrelated to Osana. I’ve decided to release a new build so that you have access to the latest and greatest version of the game. Click “Continue Reading” to see a list!

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Crossover Announcement and Poll

Recently, I suggested that if Yandere Simulator were ever to have a hypothetical crossover event with another video game, it would be helpful to know which characters are the most popular ones, so that the fanbase approves of the characters who are chosen for the crossover event. I created a poll and asked people to rank 25 female characters from most-favorite to least-favorite.

Unfortunately, there were several problems with that poll! Namely:

  1. Asking people to rank 25 characters is asking too much. It’s a time-consuming and tedious task, so most people aren’t going to bother with it.
  2. There aren’t any pictures, so it’s difficult to actually participate in the poll unless you’ve memorized every character’s name.
  3. The results of the poll were more-or-less in the same order as the default order, which means that most people simply clicked “Vote” without bothering to organize the characters into a list of most-favorite to least-favorite.

As a result, the poll didn’t reach enough people, and the results of the poll don’t reflect which characters are actually the fan favorites. So, I have to try this again.

It’s time to drop the pretense that this is all just hypothetical, and tell you what’s actually going on: Yandere Simulator will be having a crossover event with a game called Project QT!

In case you’re not familiar with it, Project QT is an 18+ game that is available on the adult website Nutaku.net. That’s right – it’s a porn game!

You might be thinking, “Gasp! YandereDev! How could you do a crossover event with an adult game?!” However, I don’t think this should come as a surprise to you. I’m already aiming for an M-for-mature rating, Yandere Simulator was never intended for children, my audience is comprised mostly of adults, and Yandere-chan has already appeared in another game with adult content. So, a crossover event with an adult game strikes me as being completely natural for Yandere Sim.

You might be shocked to hear this, but there are actual multiple other crossover events and big surprises currently in the works. I haven’t publicly announced any of them yet, because I don’t like to announce things until I have cool video footage to show you. I’m making an exception for the Project QT crossover and announcing it several months in advance, because the developers would like me to poll my audience about the characters they’d prefer to see in it. (The other crossover events aren’t for adult games, by the way.)

For the reasons mentioned at the top of the blog post, my previous poll sucked, and the results are worthless. So, I asked my buddy at ultramunch.com to set up a better poll for me. It’s got pictures, and you only have to click 5 buttons to complete it! Vastly superior to my previous poll!

So, please click this link and vote for the Yandere Sim characters that you want to see in Project QT:

https://ultramunch.com/best-girls-vote-yandere-simulator-edition/

(Keep in mind that the characters you select will be appearing in an erotic game; instead of voting for your “favorite” girls, you might want to vote for the girls who you think are the most sexy!)

December 21st Bug-Fixing Build

Been working on Osana. A lot of playtesting; a lot of asking myself, “Would a new player get confused and not understand what to do?” “Is this elimination method good or bad game design?” “What can I do to guarantee that the player won’t get frustrated here?” Most of the work I’m going right now won’t be visible until after Osana is released, but numerous little improvements and bug-fixes have been piling up, so I’m releasing a new build!

To see a list of everything that was fixed or changed in the latest build, scroll down past this striking and artistic illustration by cinnamonduh!

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Character Popularity Rankings

Are you familiar with “gacha” games? In a gacha game, the central mechanic is the ability to use virtual currency to obtain a random character. Collecting every character can be super fun!

Some gacha games exclusively feature female characters. Personally, I’m addicted to Azur Lane, a game about collecting girls that represent warships from WW2. It was the inspiration for the Shipgirl easter egg!

Sometimes, a gacha game will have a “crossover” event with another game, and you’ll be able to collect characters that come from a completely different franchise for a limited time. (For example, there was an event where the girls from Hyperdimension Neptunia were available in Azur Lane for a few weeks). It’s always super cool to see characters cross from one franchise into another!!

…why am I talking about this? Well…

As a purely hypothetical thought experiment, let’s imagine that, hypothetically, a popular gacha game would like to have a crossover event with Yandere Simulator. In this hypothetical event, six female characters from Yandere Sim will become available in the gacha game, and you can collect them and send them into battle!

Hypothetically, if this were to happen, the developer of the gacha game would want to know the six most popular female characters among the Yandere Sim fanbase.

…anyway, on a completely unrelated note, I’d like to ask you to rank some female characters from Yandere Simulator from most favorite to least favorite!

https://youpoll.me/26122/

I know that ranking 30 characters in a specific order is a potentially time-consuming request, but if you could do this for me, it would help me out a lot!

I understand that it might be difficult to form a meaningful opinion about some of these characters, since they haven’t actually appeared in-game yet. So, if you’re having trouble ranking them, just imagine that, hypothetically, you’re deciding which ones would be the most fun to collect in a gacha game.

Okay, that’s all I wanted to say! Time for me to get back to work! Have a great day!

December 15th Progress Report and Bug-Fixing Build

Over the past 2 weeks, I’ve been making tons of progress on Osana. In case you’re curious exactly what I’ve been doing, I’ll write out a progress report below. But first, I want to share this cosplay by Sulkucosp!

Super artistic!! I love it!!

I’m always so impressed by the artwork and cosplay that comes out of the Russian fan community for Yandere Simulator! I think the primary reason why Yandere Simulator has such a large and active fanbase in Russia is due to the efforts of a group of people who operate a Yandere Sim fan page on VKontakte, which is basically the Russian equivalent of Facebook (and the 12th most-visited website in the world)! Not only do they post fan art and cosplay almost every day, but they also translate my blog posts to Russian! I’m extremely grateful to the lovesick_yandersimulator group on vk.com, because they are basically my official representatives in Russia!

As I scroll down their page, I see a dozen illustrations and cosplay photos that I want to share…but I’ll contain my excitement for now, and move on to the “Progress Report” part of the blog post, followed by the changelog for the latest build.

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Yandere Simulator 2014 Prototype

There is an archive where you can download old builds of Yandere Sim from as far back as 2014. The oldest builds are simply benchmarking tests / school environment previews, with no gameplay.

However, there is an even earlier build of Yandere Simulator that was never put online – the one featured in this video. Someone recently asked me to make it publicly available, and I can’t see any reason why not, so I’ve decided to release it today!

You can download it here:

http://www.mediafire.com/file/9mf9c3ya16hmoa2/YandereSimulatorPrototype.zip/file

This prototype contains more than just one small test environment. In this build, you can see:

  • The original “YandereDev logo” I planned to use
  • The original title screen
  • The original intro cutscenes
  • A gameplay sandbox
  • A school environment
  • A small environment for testing the “stuff body parts into a guitar case” feature

Please keep in mind that this prototype was created in 2014, and is extremely incomplete. For example:

  • The menus can only be navigated using keyboard. No controller support.
  • Sometimes you advance using the spacebar, sometimes you advance using the enter key. It’s inconsistent.
  • The gameplay sections are only compatible with controller. No mouse+keyboard support.

I’m releasing this prototype for its novelty value; simply because it might be entertaining to look at an old, primitive version of Yandere Sim. Fixing the flaws described above would not be a productive use of my time, so I’m simply releasing it “as-is”.

Notes:

  • To return the level select screen, use the Esc key to return.
  • If it freezes while loading into a specific level, use the Esc key to return to the level select screen, then try again.
  • There are three characters located somewhere in the school scene! Can you find them?

Have fun!