Back on March 27, 2018, Idol Manager appeared on Kickstarter. This business management simulator with dark comedic elements is designed to offer a different kind of take on the Japanese idol management game that we see in titles like The Idolmaster. The project hoped to raise $5,000 by April 26, 2018 and smashed that goal. Now, in the final stretch, it is nearing the final stretch goal that would make a Nintendo Switch port a reality.
As of 9:30am CT on April 25, 2018, people had managed to raise over $41,500 to make Idol Manager a reality. The Nintendo Switch stretch goal is $50,000. Previous stretch goals that were met mean that mature content, the option to be a male or female manager, mod support, original and licensed vocal tracks will be a part of the soundtrack and asynchronous multiplayer will all be added to the game.
In Idol Manager, players are a talent agency manager who is working with pop stars. You choose who is hired, how they are trained, what they do from day to day, handle their meltdowns, make the agency bigger and better, manage relationships between characters, make sure they succeed and take care of scandals, rivals and gossip. Your actions can be kind or cruel. You have the option to be moral or resort to exploitive means to succeed.
Idol Manager has a tentative December 2018 release window for Windows, Mac and Linux PCs.