Yume Nikki’s Dream Diary sequel kicked off a suitably cryptic, weird and haunting teaser campaign last month. It’s just about ready for public consumption—due to launch on Steam tomorrow—and has now dropped some wonderfully terrifying in-game footage.
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Against its 16-bit source material, I’m digging Dream Diary’s gruesome Inside-meets-Pathologic-esque aesthetic. The original game’s developer Kikiyama has overseen this one’s creation, however it’s a shit sight more unsettling than I imagined it’d be.
(Warning: Waffling tangent incoming.)
About six months ago, I started recording my dreams in a notepad by my bed. I don’t know what I’ll do with them, if anything, but I find it fascinating that these warped scenarios are somehow buried deep inside my subconscious. If the above trailer is anything to go by, I’m not sure I can stomach the contents of developer Kadokawa’s notepad.
Yume Nikki Dream Diary is set to arrive on Steam tomorrow, February 23. It’ll cost $19.99 when it does.
For more Yume Nikki reading, check out this fascinating story from Giada Zavarise: The horrifying legacy of Yume Nikki, the homebrew game that became a phenomenon.