In this ‘Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure’ dating sim.
6 Sep 2017 - 11:29 AM  UPDATED 6 Sep 2017 - 11:34 AM

Hirohiko Araki’s popular battle manga and anime series Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is getting an unofficial dating sim game.

The game, called Joestar Struck, follows the many generations of the Joestar family attending a school for troublesome youth. You nervously begin on your first day at Gyuuniku Academy – just like any otome protagonist – and meet a handsome young man who quickly befriends you, with a hint at something more.

According to the project’s Patreon page, developer Team Scallywag say that the final version will include routes for Joseph, Jonathan and (best dressed boy) Jotaro, naturally with good, bad and neutral endings. The team also plan to release a sequel featuring routes with Giorno, Jolyne, Johnny and Gappy, and Dio will, much like in the original series, appear to thwart your plans.

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is a great series, rich in unique characters and interesting plot lines,” project runner and writer Alissa Strange tells SBS PopAsia. “I’ve been a fan for a few years now and absolutely love the fanbase!”

“I thought that a dating game would be a great opportunity to meet other creators and to give fans a chance to live out some of their gushy romantic dreams of dating their favourite JoJo.”

Team Scallywag, who are made up of an 11 person team of dedicated JJBA fans, admit that they feel an immense pressure working on a game set in a beloved series, and are using that to drive their motivation. There’s an incredible amount of detailed fan-created content in the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure fandom, and according to Strange, the team aim to incorporate all of it to, “give fans a more interactive experience by being able to choose how the story goes.”

“All of us [at] Team Scallywag are fans of otome games,” she says. “When we were developing the demo, we talked a lot about how we wanted our game’s experience to be.”

“‘Do we want this to be fun and goofy like Hatoful Boyfriend? Should we have the dating mechanics be similar to Dream Daddy?’ A bunch of games were discussed, and I can say that we’ve definitely taken a lot of our experiences with dating games into account.”

Joestar Struck is planned to release early next year. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure debuted in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1987 before a series of anime adaptations, including a 13-episode OVA by A.P.P.P in 1993, and David Production’s hugely successful 2012 anime series.

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