Christine Love—the author of ingenuous, titillating, and culture-challenging visual novels—has announced her new game.
There’s not much to go on aside from the title and the fact that it’s a dating game at this point, but luckily that title says a lot. My Twin Brother Made Me Crossdress As Him And Now I Have To Deal With A Geeky Stalker And A Domme Beauty Who Want Me In A Bind!!, or Ladykiller in a Bind may be the most descriptive name for any entertainment ever.
Love also mentions that the game will play similarly to the social link portions in Persona 3 and 4, but less idealized, with all the casual manipulation and push-and-pull that comes with dating in real-life. Also included: kinky sex.
Talking to Polygon, Love stresses that it’s important to portray relationships honestly. Between the flamboyance of the title and the BDSM she implies, this may sound contradictory. But therein lies the genius. Her games elegantly toe the line, placing the player in exotic, occasionally uncomfortable sexual situations, somehow without breaking that tie to reality. To my point: even as a straight guy I really enjoyed Analogue: A Hate Story, her game about lesbian AI in a misogynic society. I’m equally jazzed for this one.