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Dream Daddy developers making a psychological horror game called Homebody

Quite the pivot from smooching to stabbing

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The YouTube channel Game Grumps branched out into game development to create Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator back in 2017 — a game which appeared shallow and silly at first, but proved to have surprising depth. Now the team is back with a follow-up title published by Rogue Games that looks very different called Homebody.

Homebody is a psychological horror game that takes inspiration from ’80s slasher films, but it also appears to be inspired by both classic survival horror titles and a newer wave of low-poly, narrative-heavy titles.

The player takes on the role of Emily, who is trapped in a house full of mysterious puzzles. However, things clearly get surreal pretty fast. The mysteries seem to move beyond the confines of the house and into Emily’s memories and mindscapes. According to the game’s synopsis, the player is tasked with “avoiding the killer, solving the puzzles, and making dialogue decisions.” The enemy AI and player dialogue choices are both designed to create unique experiences across multiple playthroughs.

Homebody is “coming soon” to consoles and PC via the Epic Games Store and Steam. There aren’t a lot of concrete details available in the initial announcement, but that makes sense as it seems like the narrative of the theme is deliberately opaque and twisting. The game is a big, 180-degree pivot from Dream Daddy, but it’ll be interesting to see how the team’s experience with the dating sim carries over to a completely different genre.

Correction (May 25): A previous version of this article misstated that Rogue Games collaborated on Dream Daddy. Homebody is its first project with Game Grumps. We’ve edited the article to reflect this.

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