This article was originally published on September 2, 2020, as part of TechRadar’s PC Gaming Week 2020.
Do you find yourself affected by intense feelings of homosexual desire? We’ve collected eight new and upcoming computer games that feature strange characters and stories to help you complete your game library or annoy your friends while you gush over them.
For PC Gaming Week 2020, we’ve found everything from classic visual novels and dating sims to interactive fiction, dungeon crawlers and cyberpunk adventures. So, if you’re a cottagecore lesbian looking for a fun game to pass the time with, a sword gay who dreams of romanticizing your weapon of choice, or a non-binary person longing for the day, can you finally have the hot robot body you deserve there is game you look forward to.
Upcoming queer games at a glance:
- Monster Prom 2: Monster Camp
- Boyfriend Dungeon
- Goodbye Volcano High
- Lore Finder
- Read Only Memories: Neurodiver
- Souls unguarded
- Best Friend Forever
- We have to talk
Developer and Publisher, Nice glitch, has raised more than € 535,000 (approximately $ 610,000, £ 485,000, AU $ 872,000) through Kickstarter to build a follow-up to their popular dating sim Monster Prom. In the sequel, Monster Prom 2: Monster Camp, there are many of the same mechanics as the first game: a time limit to find a date, different areas to visit, and multiplayer. Beautiful Glitch has added six new romantic characters and new minigames to keep gameplay fresh and fun. You’ll build campfires and mix cocktails in your quest to impress your lover, and Beautiful Glitch has also promised a few surprises.
Do you think swords are sexy? Boyfriend Dungeon takes that concept to a new level by dating your guns. There are nine different bladed weapons, each of which can turn into a really beautiful person with their own personalities, likes and dislikes. Players will work their way through various dungeons to earn money and find treasures so you can grab your sword on dates.
There are male, female, and non-binary romantic characters, so players can choose a partner that suits their real-life preferences. Not only is each knife a different hottie, they have their own fighting styles too. The glaive and scythe are slow, heavy hitters, while the laser sword and dagger let you stab and chop quickly before dodging incoming attacks. There’s also a set of brass knuckles that turn into a cat, so we’re already sold.
Ko_op announced Goodbye Volcano High at the Sony “Future of Gaming” online event on June 11, 2020. The game follows members of a high school garage band of anthropomorphic dinosaurs: the non-binary Fang, their BFF Trish, Naomi the student council president and Fang’s brother Naser. The story is about the typical emotional highs and lows of high school and how difficult it can be to navigate social circles and romantic interests. Branching storylines give you plenty of dialogue options with far-reaching consequences, and minigames break through the visual new elements.
Lore Finder‘s Steam page describes the game as “a modern queer reinvention of the cosmic horror genre.” Players will take on the role of KC Morgan, a non-binary person and paranormal investigator, as they muster Eldritch powers and face unfathomable horrors as they attempt to uncover a family’s dark pask and horrifying secrets. Gameplay is non-linear, allowing you to perform missions in any order. There’s also a Speedrun time trial mode and a mode that lets you play as KC’s girlfriend once you beat the game, giving you new powers and story elements.
MidBoss follows up their hit game 2064: Read Only Memories with a direct sequel: Read Only Memories: Neurodiver. The story follows ES88, a powerful telepath charged with taking out a fellow psychic, Golden Butterfly. ES88 gets help from a genetically engineered psionic creature known as the Neurodiver to access the memories of others, including familiar faces like TOMCAT and Lexi Rivers. Neurodiver has an updated, more dynamic art style and a retro-inspired soundtrack to create a more luscious, cyberpunk vibe.
Souls unguarded is a text-based piece of interactive fiction with dark romance themes. You play as a gay or bisexual man who has visions of ghosts and spirits and dreams of a gleaming cliff-top town of Glorymount. Through dialogue trees and story choices, you can shape the story and your budding romance, while also dismantling a corrupt theocracy or tracking down a bloodthirsty murderer. You can also bring comfort and peace to the spirits and spirits that visit you during the day, or use them as a means of achieving your own goals.
Do you love dogs? Do you love dating cuties? How would you like to raise a cute dog and date a hottie at the same time? Best Friend Forever is half dog training simulator and half dating sim and 100 percent cute. There are many different dog breeds to choose from and train for 15 weeks. You teach your pup basic commands, advanced tricks and take care of it. They will also interact with you based on how the story unfolds, and with the furry companions of your potential dates. And everyone knows that the most important thing in any relationship is whether your dog likes your date or not. There is also an endless sandbox mode that allows you to just play with the dogs if you don’t feel like romanticizing with anyone.
We have to talk is a narrative game where you carefully choose words and construct sentences to connect with or distance yourself from your friends and loved one. You spend the night in a local bar, talk to friends and acquaintances and text your partner. The way you frame your sentences and conversations will have a profound effect on how your friends see your partner and how your partner feels about you and your relationship. There are nine possible endings, so you’ll have to see if you can make your relationships last all night or if they end in flames.
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