R-Type developer Irem pulls of elaborate April Fool’s jokes like R-Type sweets and Disaster Report crowbars year after year. In 2001, their joke was a Doki Doki Suikoden (doki doki is the sound of a throbbing heart) dating sim game.
Guess what Irem’s making ten years later.
Famitsu has the scoop on Doki Doki Suikoden for PSP, which stars a transfer student into Seven Wonders Academy. In the game you’ll solve mysteries with the help of six high school heroines shown in the magazine. Nana, in the center, has cosplay as a hobby and dons cat ears.
Cosplay is actually an important element in the game. The strength of your heroines will change depending on how they’re dressed. Doki Doki Suikoden has over 200 kinds of outfits including jackets, swimsuits, sailor school uniforms and socks. Lots of socks. There are over 30 kinds of socks.
While investigating mysteries, players run into battles. Doki Doki Suikoden uses a simulation battle system where you control the protagonist and three heroines. When the girls take damage their clothes take get torn up.
Doki Doki Suikoden comes out this April in Japan.