In 2018, there has been a decrease in Yandere Simulator fanart. Many artists who used to create fan art for Yandere Simulator have now moved on to other fandoms. However, there are still artists participating in “prompt” challenges where they create artwork based on daily prompts. YandereDev, the developer of the game, took inspiration from one of these illustrations for the concept art of a new character called Nemesis. YandereDev also considered the idea of Ayano, the main character, wishing for the demise of the first rival. Additionally, Nemesis will follow the schedule of rival interactions, allowing Ayano to sabotage them if she wants to.
The background slowly shows Osana and Senpai having a conversation, with Osana being rude. Meanwhile, there are many objects in the background, and Oka Ruto is reaching for a book on a high shelf. On my birthday, I received numerous encouraging messages from people expressing their appreciation for Yandere Simulator and wishing me a happy birthday. I also want to share a song created by Michaela Laws, the voice of Yandere-chan, which accurately portrays the character's nature. There are also cute and silly moments, like Yandere-chan geeking out over Senpai's boxer shorts. TachTan, an artist, created Yandere Simulator-themed illustrations in 2017, depicting plausible scenarios that have not been seen in the game. Unfortunately, it is uncertain whether the obstacle will be implemented in the game in the near future.
Hitman: Absolution is a game that offers a cinematic story and unique art direction and can be a good alternative to Yandere Simulator. It has received positive reviews and offers similar gameplay elements. One criticism Yandere Simulator has received is its portrayal of teenage girls and the stereotypical nature of the game. The Retro Mode in Yandere Simulator only includes features and rules from 1989, including an all-male Student Council. It is understandable that some people have moved on from this game.
Comparing Yandere Simulator to other games featuring high school students may not be fair, as the game has its own unique elements and storytelling. The original intro of the game focused on Ayano Aishi, the main character, and her longing for love, which she eventually finds in high school. The readers of the game were provided with information about Senpai and Osana, the first rival, in the first intro.