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Jan 20, 2022

Sucker for Love: First Date, the Lovecraftian dating simulator from publisher DreadXP is out today

From Press Release:

Los Angeles, CA (January 20, 2022) – DreadXP — an independent horror publisher and production company — is pleased to announce that its Lovecraftian dating simulator, Sucker for Love: First Date, is available now on Steam and Itch.io for Windows PCs. With Sucker for Love: First Date, DreadXP and indie developer Akabaka put the “love” back into “Lovecraftian horror,” tasking you with conducting occult rituals in order to win the affection of an Eldritch goddess in this subversive and bizarre take on the “otome” visual novel dating genre.

Sucker for Love: First Date stars a trio of bubbly Eldritch goddesses to “romance,” each with their own unique personalities and menacing auras. There’s Ln’eta, a cute Cthulhu-like entity that is an affectionate sweetheart with a jealous streak; Estir, the elegant self-proclaimed royalty loves the color yellow and the finer things in life; and last but not least, there’s Nyanlathotep, whom at first may be intimidating but has a certain je ne sais quoi that often leads to those around her being completely enraptured.

Your heart will race as you try to survive the many trials of Sucker for Love: First Date, with the fate of your soul at risk, in a cataclysmic quest to obtain a smooch. There may be many fish in the sea, but the goddesses of the Necronomicon are sinfully sweet!

“We’re thrilled to launch the weird, wild, and whimsical delight that is Sucker for Love: First Date and are proud of the journey that the game has had,” said Patrick Ewald, owner and producer at DreadXP. “Working with Joseph Hunter at Akabaka has been a joy. Together, we’ve plotted out an episodic series based on the original and very popular Sucker for Love concept, which Akabaka had made in just ten days for one of our earliest titles, Dread X Collection 2. It’s incredibly gratifying and exciting for us to introduce fans today to this full-fledged visual novel, and we hope to see them return for more later this year.”

“When I started in game design, I didn’t think I’d be making a Cthulhu horror/dating simulator. But I’m glad it’s where I ended up,” said developer Joseph “Akabaka” Hunter. “As my first commercial release, this is more than just a game to me. I hope it’s more than that to the fans as well. I promise, it’s gonna get R’lyeh weird.”

Sucker for Love: First Date Key Features:

  • Slide Into Her DMs (Daemoniac Manuscripts) — Thanks to the lovely pink Necronomicon you’ve found, you’ve been united with your very own blasphemous beauty. Sucker for Love: First Date features three dateable goddesses who are each fully-voiced and have unique game endings!
  • Abnormal Desires — A healthy relationship relies on compromise, so live a little and try out some of your goddess’s fun rituals! Who knows what might happen next?
  • Love Everlasting — Explore your budding romance across three chapters!
  • Stylish Invocation — Enjoy the game’s charming visuals and music that are reminiscent of old-school anime and dating sims
  • Let Your Guard Down — No horror elements or danger whatsoever. This is a dating game! You’d think we’d lie to you?… You do?… O̴̟͂́NE B̸̹̀̀Y ONE̸͖͆ ̴̮̂͂WE ̴̩̖̇WIL̵͈̚L TAKE ̴͇̓ͅYOȖ̴̗̏.

Sucker for Love: First Date is based on the microgame Sucker for Love: Prelude, which premiered in the horror anthology Dread X Collection 2. Fans of the original experienced but a taste of the occult romantic madness that lies ahead; there’s a full cultist course to cultivate in Sucker For Love: First Date. The game cleverly re-imagines the visual novel genre through immersive mechanics, with each decision significantly impacting how the game plays and the story unfolds. Sucker for Love: First Date kicks off the three-part Sucker for Love series, each featuring unique protagonists and twists.

Sucker for Love: First Date is now available for purchase on Steam and Itch.io for $9.99 USD. Visit the official Steam page to learn more.

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