Pitched as “a thrilling office romance and slice-of-life drama,” it has been a year since Akari Amasawa started her job as a designer at mobile app maker, Estario. It is not a job that she is deeply passionate about, but, after her annual performance review, she is presented with the opportunity to join the Estarci team.
Estarci is a news app that despite a strong launch has since fallen behind rival apps, even others that Estario run. With management wanting to give the news app one last chance before it is shut down for good, Akari and her new co-workers will need to give it their all to save it.
Will Akari find true love? Will she find what it is she wants to do in life? Will the app get shut down? Wait, was Akari only given this opportunity because the company was looking for an excuse to fire her?!
The publisher has outlined the game’s key features, which include:
- #POV: You Are A Modern-Day Office Worker in Japan: Explore your career opportunities and work with up to six love interests. See through the eyes of a Japanese career woman and experience full immersion in a contemporary workplace setting where the fantasy can be found in the breakroom.
- Call or text if you need me! Increase productivity, or dabble in some friendly office banter by maintaining contact with romanceable characters using the RiNG system. Respond to text messages and take fully-voiced calls from your favourite love interests.
- Wear Your Emotions On Your Sleeve: Some decisions require you to express how you feel through the Emotion Select system. Pick from two of a total of five emotions: Happy, Angry, Troubled, Sad, and Indifferent. Your selected emotions can influence future conversations. Your love interests will always remember to consider your emotions.
- A Happy Worker Is A Productive Worker! Use the Love/Work system when making decisions to balance your work life and social life. Increase your Work Points or Love Points with each decision by choosing whether you will prioritize your career or romance. This will influence the outcome of your route and the ending.
Sympathy Kiss will be released at retail and digitally on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch worldwide on 27 February 2024.