It’s time to watch the Sympathy Kiss opening movie!

Also check out some new screenshots.

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A screenshot from Sympathy Kiss. Five men and one woman stand at a bar, each with a different drink in hand.

Sympathy Kiss is an otome visual novel about office drama and romance. I get that office romances are often frowned upon, but let’s be real: they happen, and they can lead to successful long-term relationships. That’s not to say that a successful career isn’t important, though, and Sympathy Kiss wants players to have it all. Today, Idea Factory International released the opening movie and some new screenshots from the game.

A year ago, Akari Amasawa started a job as a designer as Estario, a mobile app maker. She doesn’t actively dislike her job, but it’s also not something she’s terribly passionate about. After an annual performance review, she gets the change to join the Estarci team. Estarci is Estario’s namesake news app. It was once all the rage, but has fizzled out and fallen behind rival apps – including one also made by Estario. Management is giving Estarci one more chance, and Akari and her new co-workers will need to work extremely hard to save the app from getting the chop.

Of course, Sympathy Kiss isn’t just about business. It’s also about pleasure. Will Akari find true love on her new team? Will she figure out what she wants out of life? Will the app get shut down. And, worst of all, was Akari put on this team because the company is looking for a reason to fire her?

Players will get to explore Akari’s career opportunities and work with up to six love interests, giving them a glimpse at the life of a Japanese career woman in a contemporary workplace setting. Use the RiNG system to increase productivity or dabble in some friendly office banter by remaining in contact with romanceable characters.

Some decisions require players to express their feelings through the Emotion Select system. Pick two of five emotions (Happy, Angry, Troubled, Sad, Indifferent) to influence future conversations. Love interests will always consider these emotions. Use the Love/Work system when making decisions to balance work life and social life. Choices will increase either the Work Points or the Love Points depending on whether career or romance is prioritized. This will, in turn, have an impact on the ending of the game.

Here are some new screenshots:

A screenshot from Sympathy Kiss.

A screenshot from Sympathy Kiss. Yoji Kobase is saying, "Who else is around? Don't tell me you were planning on staying at her place."

A screenshot from Sympathy Kiss. Kohei Minato is saying, "You're... not really planning on using my phone number for things like that, right?"

Physical standard editions of the game are now available from retailers in North America. The IFI Store and European pre-orders will open at a later date. A Limited Edition will also be available through the IFI Store, though the contents still remain a secret.

Developed by Idea Factory/Design Factory and published by Idea Factory International, Sympathy Kiss will be released for Nintendo Switch in early 2024.

Lindsay picked up an NES controller for the first time at the age of 6 and instantly fell in love. She began reviewing GBA games 20 years ago and quickly branched out from her Nintendo comfort zone. She has has developed a great love of life sims and FMV titles. For her, accessibility is one of the most important parts of any game (but she also really appreciates good UI).

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