Let’s Play a Dating Sim! “Everdate” Kickstarter Launches Today
In the ultimate example of giving the fans what they want, Leeanne M. Krecic (aka “Mongie”), creator of the webcomic Let’s Play, is releasing a dating sim based on her Eisner- and Ringo-nominated series. The Kickstarter for Everdate (aka “Let’s Play: The Dating Game”) launched today and is already fully funded. Let’s face it: is there anyone out there who wouldn’t leap at the opportunity to make your ship kiss?
Krecic is developing Everdate under her newly-launched “Mongie Studios” alongside game studio Always Imagine, known for their work for clients including Sony, Sega, Xbox, Disney, Lego, Mattel, Warner Brothers, and Lucasfilm. Backers of the Kickstarter will have the opportunity to get exclusive game content (like cards and avatars), merchandise (like the official game soundtrack), early access, and may even be listed as a producer on the game.
“I’m so incredibly excited to present Everdate!” said creator Leeanne M. Krecic. “It has been a fantastic experience thus far, and it is a wish come true of mine to be able to create a video game. Pursuing my career as a comic creator in 2016 was a dream, and this will be another box checked on my bucket list! I’ve always loved gaming since playing text-based games on the Commodore 64. And another passion of mine growing up was playing Magic: The Gathering. Now I can combine my love for both in Everdate, a dating simulation, and a CCG game. I hope others will enjoy Everdate as much as I have, and it will allow readers to stay connected to the story of Let’s Play for when it can return.”
“Everdate has all of us excited!” said Tony Hobdy, CTO of Always Imagine. “Working with Leeanne and her team has been one of the best collaborations we’ve ever had on a project, and it’s exciting to build something that feels new and innovative. We can’t wait for people to play it.”
Players will be able to choose and play as one of 12 canonical characters from Let’s Play, as well as interact with other characters throughout the world. Everdate will be modeled after most popular dating simulation games, with characters sharing information that may be vital in having a successful date. Once players have reached a comfortable relationship with their potential partner, they can then set up their date, selecting from a series of locales over three stages.
Players can also choose their attire and build their date deck. The “date deck” is made up of general, item, and character-specific cards. From there, the date is played out in each location in a co-op fashion, with both the player and their partner using their date decks.
So basically, you can make your ship go canon. Who Sam should end up with is a hotly-debated topic in fandom and people will die on their hills. (I may or may not have dug a trench in front of Fort Marshall and am currently sharpening my sword.) But also, if you’ve got a rarepair, this is your chance!
Everdate has an expected launch date of February 2024 (according to the Kickstarter) and will be available on both mobile and PC, with additional platforms being unlocked via stretch goals of the Kickstarter. Tiers start at $19 for the base game, with higher tiers unlocking additional exclusive content. Backers will also be able to purchase additional characters and location packs as add-ons (including a gender-swapped one!). All tiers feature exclusive content that will not be available in the retail release of the game.
Seriously, not to pressure creators or anything, but if you create games like this for things I like, I will literally throw money at you.
Let’s Play the comic is currently on hiatus (so if you haven’t read it yet, you have time to catch up, and you should absolutely catch up), and the first two volumes are available in print from Rocketship Entertainment. Volume 3 is scheduled to be released this summer.
Author: Jamie Sugah
Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.
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