One of 2017's biggest surprises is getting some new life in 2020. The unassuming visual novel Doki Doki Literature Club will get new content this year, according to its creator Dan Salvato.
Just after the start of the new year, Salvato confirmed he would "fully return" to making games, starting with the release of new Doki Doki Literature Club content. He specifies it's not a sequel, which considering the resolution of the first, makes sense. Afterwards, he plans to resume work on his next original visual novel, which has been "on hold for two years."
This will be the year I reclaim my happiness so I can deliver it to others! My goal is to fully return to doing things I enjoy, such as making games. First releasing new DDLC content (not a sequel), then blowing the dust off my next original VN which has been on hold for 2 years.- Dan Salvato (@dansalvato) January 2, 2020
Appearing to be just a simple slice-of-life visual novel, Doki Doki Literature Club was actually much more, and ended up being one of 2017's most memorable surprises in the indie scene. While its unassuming public face made it easy to miss at the time, it's become well-known as a genre-breaking, subversive visual novel with a surprisingly dark yet refreshing take on romance. Oh, it's also super scary.
Speaking to IGN last year, Salvato teased that he was working on something involving the literature club. He said it wouldn't be a full visual novel, but he does want to share more information about the game's characters with its fans.
"All I know is that I would like to do things that appeal to people who are fans of [Doki Doki Literature Club] and the characters," Salvato told IGN. "Things that would help them get to know the characters a little bit more, or more content along those lines."
It's free to play, and Salvato hasn't made any indication this new content will cost anything, though he's teasing the idea of bringing the game to a few conventions on Twitter. Whatever new realms and interactions of the after-school literature club this update explores, remember: it's always just Monika.