What is this game about?
Yandere Simulator is a stealth game about stalking a boy and secretly eliminating any girl who seems interested in him, while maintaining the image of an innocent schoolgirl.
What does “Yandere” mean?
A Yandere girl is a girl who loves a boy so much that she is willing to threaten, harm, or kill any other girl who seems interested in him.Wikitionary can explain the etymology of the word, and UrbanDictionary can provide some great examples.
What is the gameplay like?
The gameplay is similar to the Hitman series; you are put into a large environment filled with many NPCs, and you must track down a specific target and eliminate them. You can use stealth to kill your target without any witnesses, stage an accident that leaves no evidence, or just slaughter anyone who gets in your way. If you don’t dispose of corpses, clean up blood, and destroy evidence, then the police might be able to link you to a murder and arrest you.
If you don’t want to get any blood on your hands, you can use social sabotage to get rid of a girl; frame her for one of your crimes, get her expelled from school, or ruin her reputation. If you truly want her to suffer, convince every other girl in school to bully her until she commits suicide and saves you the trouble.
If the boy you love witnesses you committing murder, he could never love you, and the game would be over.
What kind of features will this game have?
Here is a short list of some of the features you can look forward to:
- Persistent Reputation: When you are spotted doing something incriminating, students will gossip about you. When your reputation is low, students will be cautious around you, and will consider you to be suspicious. When your reputation is high, students will let their guard down around you, and will be willing to do favors for you.
- Sanity Level: When you perform an act of violence, you will lose Sanity. This will cause you to appear visibly insane. If you lose too much Sanity, people will be able to tell that you are insane just by looking at you. If the boy you love sees you like this, he could never love you, and the game would be over.
- Sanity-Determined Kill Animations: The killing animations will be determined by your current level of Sanity. When your Sanity is high, your kills will be efficient, quick, and silent. When your Sanity is low, your kills will be sloppy, messy, and noisy. When you have lost all Sanity, your kills will be long, brutal, and sadistic.
- Yandere Vision: A button on the keyboard / controller will be dedicated entirely “Yandere” actions, such as creepy laughter. When Yandere Vision is active, important characters and objects will be highlighted and visible through walls.
- Panty Shots: A certain character will perform important favors for you, if you send them photographs of girls’ panties. Panty shots will be like a “currency” that can buy favors and give you various advantages.
I want to suggest a feature for the game! How can I contact you?
What game engine are you using?
I am developing Yandere Simulator using the Unity game engine.
Will you put this game on Kickstarter or Steam Greenlight?
I plan to eventually make a Kickstarter and put the game on Steam Greenlight, but not until the game has reached a more presentable and respectable state.
What is the biggest problem affecting development of the game?
Too many people asking me questions that are answered in the FAQ, reporting bugs that are listed on the Known Bugs page, or suggesting really stupid features for the game.
What are the system requirements?
I have no idea how to determine system requirements. Even if I did, it’s too early to say. The game is constantly changing, and the frame-rate varies wildly from week to week.
Is there character customization? Do I have a selection of boys to stalk? Can I have a female “Senpai” instead of a male “Senpai”?
The player will be able to decide their Senpai’s gender at the beginning of the game. I would also like to allow the player to customize the appearance of Senpai, as well as the appearance of the protagonist.
Can I choose the protagonist’s gender?
I have zero interest in adding a “choose your gender” feature. This would require a lot of extra time, effort, and assets and is extremely unlikely to be in the game. It might be a “Kickstarter stretch goal” type of thing.
Will it be possible to mod the game?
Although it is possible to mod Unity games with unofficial third-party software, I don’t think I should condone the use of that software. I am sorry, but I cannot promise that the game will be very easily moddable.
Will this game have voice acting?
I am currently collaborating with a number of voice actors and actresses who are providing me with absolutely wonderful recordings. However, it will be quite some time before I can say whether or not the entire game will be voiced.
Can I translate the game into another language for you?
I am grateful that you would like to help me out with the game. However, I would not like to ask anyone for a translation until after the game’s English script has been 100% finalized. Once the game’s English script is final, I will make a blog post and ask for volunteers.
Is “Yandere Simulator” the game’s final name?
“Yandere Simulator” was only meant to be a placeholder title, but I’ve been using that title for so long that it might be the game’s final name. It might be fun to give the game a corny subtitle, like “Yandere: Deadication” or “Yandere: Love You To Death” or “Yandere: Til Death Do Us Part”.
Will every student in the final version of the game have a unique appearance?
Every female NPC will use the same “base” model, but all of them will still have a unique appearance. Each student will have a unique combination of hair style, hair color, eye color, skin color, stocking length, stocking color, accessories, and bust size. Male students will also use a “base” model, as well.
Will this game have an online multiplayer mode?
I have zero experience programming anything related to online multiplayer. It could take me weeks or months to learn how to implement those kinds of features. Instead of attempting to implement online multiplayer myself, it would be a better idea to find a volunteer – or hire someone – who has experience programming online multiplayer modes.
What is the main character’s name? What is the name of the love interest?
For now, the protagonist is named “Yandere-chan”, and the object of her affection is named “Senpai-kun” or “Senpai-chan” depending on their gender. In the final game, Yandere-chan’s name will be something that sounds natural, but has “Yan” in it, so that her nickname can still be Yan-chan. Her final name will probably be something like “Ayana”, “Ayane”, or “Ayano”. When the time is right, I’ll put it to a vote.
I don’t like the service that you upload the game to! Will you use a different hosting service, instead?
I’ve used four different hosting services, and every time I switch the hosting service, there are always people complaining that they don’t like the one I’ve chosen. It’s pointless to keep switching the service. I’m just going to go with the one that is easiest to use. If you want to have a convenient experience while downloading Yandere Simulator, wait until there is an official launcher that auto-updates the game.
Can I date Senpai? Can I give gifts to Senpai? Can I write love letters to Senpai?
I’m not planning on allowing the player to interact with Senpai. The game isn’t supposed to be about befriending and romancing Senpai; it’s supposed to be about sabotaging his love life from the shadows. The game will take place over a period of 10 weeks. Each week, a new “rival” will appear and get a crush on Senpai. You will have one week to eliminate her. Yandere-chan will not confess her love to Senpai until all rivals have been eliminated.
What kind of weapons are in the game? How many weapons will the final game have?
I am only planning on including weapons that a student could find in a high-school. This high-school will have a wide variety of clubs, so there should be a lot of potential to find interesting weapons. There will probably not be any projectile weapons or guns in the game. I’d like to include as many weapons as possible in the final game, but the actual number of weapons will be determined by modeller support / animator support / budget size.
Will this game have one environment (school) or multiple environments?
For now, the scope of the game is limited to the school and the protagonist’s house. I would love to include as many environments in the game as possible, but each environment would require modeling, texturing, sound effects, unique characters with unique animations, etc. For each environment I’d like to add to the game, I’d need a team of volunteers willing to create it, or I’d need to crowdfund a budget so that I could hire some people to build more environments for me.
Is this game coming to Mac / Linux / PlayStation / Xbox / Nintendo / iPhone / Android / Atari?
The PC version of the game is top priority. I will not concentrate on developing the game for any other platform until the PC version is finished. I have the ability to export a Mac build or Linux build of the game, but I have never tested these builds, so I can’t promise that the game will have a Mac or Linux version. Developing games for console is extremely expensive, so this is something that I can’t promise unless Yandere Simulator is financially successful, or I host a crowd-funding campaign to raise funds for releasing the game on other platforms.
Yandere Simulator may seem like a simple game at this point in time, but the final version of the game will be extremely complex. It is extremely unlikely that a mobile device such as the 3DS, Vita, iPhone, or Android could ever run the full version of Yandere Simulator. In order to run on a mobile device, the game would have to be simplified so much that it wouldn’t even be fun anymore.
Can I help you program the game?
I would prefer to be the only programmer working on the game. In my previous experience, a project becomes exponentially more complicated with each programmer that is added to it. I don’t want to wait for someone to stop editing a script, or wait for someone to fix a bug, or wait for someone else to finish a task before I can make progress. I know that a lot of these problems could be fixed by black-boxing or using source control software, but I would rather avoid those headaches altogether by simply being the only programmer working on the game. One day, I may eventually ask for outside help if I run into a problem I can’t solve on my own, but for now, I want to keep the project as simple as possible by being the only guy responsible for writing the code.
There is one exception to the above statement: If you are very experienced with the Unity engine, you may be able to help me with some of the Unity-specific problems that I’m having. You’re welcome to contact me so I can ask you for help with some of the issues I’m having.
When is this game coming out? How much will it cost?
The price and release date of the final game will depend on a lot of different factors. The most important factor is the Kickstarter fund-raising campaign.
If the Kickstarter doesn’t reach its funding goal, the final game will have really crappy production values and might not have all of the features that I’ve been talking about. The game would be released a few months after the Kickstarter, and I probably wouldn’t charge any money for it.
If the Kickstarter raises the bare minimum amount of money required to fund the project, the final game will have everything I’ve promised. It will probably be released about 6 months after the Kickstarter ends, and will probably cost $5 ~ $10.
If the Kickstarter raises a ton of money and reaches its “stretch” goals, then I would be able to implement many of the features that people have been asking for. This would mean that the game would remain in development for a longer period of time – possibly up to a year – but would be a much better product. In this scenario, the game would probably cost $15 ~ $20.
Who are you, anyway?
I’m YandereDev! I worked at a video game company for 3 years, then left to become a freelance programmer and pursue my dream of becoming an independent game developer. In the past, I’ve worked on 5 console games (for Wii, 360, and PS3) and 5 mobile games (for Vita and iPhone).
Do you accept donations?
Are you making the entire game by yourself, or is there a team? I want to help you with the game! How can I help?
You can find the answers to those questions here.
When will we be able to eliminate an official rival or “win” the game?
This is not up to me. I am missing most of the assets that I need in order to make it possible to implement an official rival. I can not create the assets that I need; I must rely on the help of volunteers. It will only become possible to implement an official rival once volunteers create the assets that I require. There is no possible way to predict how long this will take.
My question wasn’t answered in the FAQ!
Try seeking an answer here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IXbfSuJexGEFLRxcUdv_pTQTpC6iEhTqPYcsHTIA48k/edit?usp=sharing
I will update that FAQ as often as possible!