Gay adventure game Escape from Pleasure Planet gets a new update in time for Valentine’s Day. The ‘Valentine’ update introduces a romantic alternative ending along with several bug fixes and small tweaks.
A sequel to 2012 indie hit My Ex-Boyfriend the Space Tyrant, Escape from Pleasure Planet sees Captain Tycho Minogue pursue a dangerous criminal. Starring both a gay lead character and a gay antagonist, the title is one of few games that feature LGBTQ characters.
Escape from Pleasure Planet Valentine’s Day Update Released
Escape from Pleasure Planet‘s Valentine’s Day update introduces a “romantic alternate ending,” explains a press release. The new content only unlocks once a year and is only available around Valentine’s Day, says developer Up Multimedia.
The game’s creator, Luke Miller says that “When you have a gay hero and villain so perfectly matched as we do in this game, it’s hard to keep them apart. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to have some fun with our characters. But of course it’s never quite what you think on Pleasure Planet!”
The update also includes a handful of fixes (e.g “added missing melted sorbet files”) and changes such as new names for items in Chip’s locker, additional scripts (including “on Elysium when Tycho is bathing”) and the ability to adjust the font using the F5 and F6 keys.
Many Escape from Pleasure Planet players will agree that this makes a good games just that little bit better. When it was released in December 2016, its camp humour, colourful style and its point and click gameplay were praised.
Some were also ecstatic about the game’s representation of LGBTQ characters and gay issues. Escape from Pleasure Planet discusses gay conversion therapy and the benefits of same-sex marriage, for example. Despite being set in space, the game even tackles the “Russian government’s oppression of gay people” which is especially relevant now as games such as FIFA 17 and Overwatch have faced difficulties arising from Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ law.
It’s unclear what Up Multimedia will work on next. However, Miller says “I’m pretty underwhelmed by the state of representation of gay men in computer games. Games could be a lot gayer.”
The developer also notes that that including LGBT characters is just one of the things that important in gay games and that they “are a special combination of LGBTIQ characters, visuals, worldview, gameplay and experiences at their core.” So, should the team make another gay-themed title, it sounds as though it will hit all of the right notes.
Escape from Pleasure Planet is now available via Steam for Windows PC, Mac and Linux. Fans can also get themselves a free Steam key for the game by sending the developer some art of the game’s characters (details here.)