Make Rachel Your Girlfriend
Hopepunk City will be available in stores on October 1.
I posted previously about Ariane as a girlfriend romantic ending. Rachel becoming your girlfriend is also possible, though it is a bit harder, and involves some sci-fi adventure to get there, but she is “romanceable”.
There is also a third “romance” option where you get neither Ariane or Rachel, but you get on very friendly terms with the entire household. Early on, I wanted to have a theme where “friendship” is more important than “romance”, but that doesn’t rule out “friends with benefits”. I don’t consider this a “harem” game, because it is not about juggling lovers, but I am not against the comparison.
The idea of friendship is better than romance is a concept that comes from queer communities I hang out in. I’m aromantic, which is a much misunderstood sexual orientation. The third roommate, a dark skinned beauty named Maya, is also aromantic, and thus not “romance-able”, but she will be your friend. It was established in Rachel Meets Ariane that Rachel is asexual. The asexuality and aromaticism are not the same, which is why I have two characters representing. So yes this is a “queer” friendly game. Except for one scene where they come out to you, the topic is largely avoidable if you choose. It is not relevant to the plot, I just wanted that representation in this game since it is so rare.
Not that there is never representation of aromantics and asexuals in media, its just that it tends to be negative and/or stereotypical. I wanted positive and non-stereotypical representation. Asexuals are stereotypically prudes when it comes to sex; Rachel is not, she has almost as many nude scenes as Ariane. Aromatics are stereotypically sociopaths who are incapable of love; Maya is not a sociopath, in fact she has a big heart. It just doesn’t work in romantic situations.
The mere fact that you can play as a male or female protagonist pretty much establishes the games credentials as a queer friendly game. If you play as a “new character”, you can choose your characters orientation of gay, straight, bi, or ace. Warning: Picking an orientation that is not sexually attracted to women, pretty much guarantees the “just friends” ending, but I felt it necessary to give players that choice.
Here’s another music video, again not music from the game, just a “friendship” song that kind of exemplifies my feeling on the topic.