Exciting news for western otome fans! During Idea Factory International announced today during their 10th Anniversary celebration at Anime Expo 2023 that they’ll be releasing Sympathy Kiss.
Sympathy Kiss will arrive physically and digitally in North America and Europe for the first time in the west in Early 2024 for the Nintendo Switch™!
About a year has passed since Akari Amasawa started her new job as a designer at Estario, a mobile app maker. While she doesn’t dislike her job, she’s not deeply passionate about it either. After her yearly performance review, she’s given the opportunity to join the Estarci team.
The company’s namesake app, Estarci is a news app that made a big splash when it launched, but has since fallen behind rival apps, including apps run by Estario itself. Management has decided to give the app one last chance before shutting it down for good, and Akari and all of her new co-workers will need to give it their all to save the app from the chopping block.
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?!
Business and pleasure mix in Sympathy Kiss, a thrilling office romance and slice-of-life drama!
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 favorite 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.
A Limited Edition for Sympathy Kiss will be offered exclusively through the IFI NA and European Online Stores. The contents of the Limited Editions and preorder dates will be revealed at a later date. Those who purchase either the Standard Edition or Limited Edition at the IFI Online Stores will also receive an EXCLUSIVE trading card!
Fans can wishlist the Standard or Limited Edition on these titles on the IFI NA Online Store today!
Title: Sympathy Kiss
Console: Nintendo Switch™
Release Date: Early 2024
Release format: Physical, Digital
Developer: IDEA FACTORY/DESIGN FACTORY
Publisher: IDEA FACTORY INTERNATIONAL
Genre: Visual Novel
Voiceover option(s): Japanese
Language Format (Subtitles): English