Emily is Away

Emily is Away <3 is officially delayed out of its original summer 2020 window. The developer says the next time we get info, it will include a date.

By Ricky Frech

August 31, 2020

Emily is Away <3 is the upcoming third game in developer Kyle Seeley’s throwback series. The game was originally set to release in summer 2020; however, today Seeley announced that the game is missing that window. Obviously, it’s not the best news to get, but I’m more than willing to wait a little longer if it means a better game.

If you’ve never played an Emily is Away game, the series is kind of like a simulator for old social media. The first game emulated a service like AOL Instant Messenger, while the sequel added a take on Facebook. The series features branching stories that keep you coming back for more. For the third go-round, the series moves fully into the world of “Facenook” in 2008.

Outside of the heavy nostalgia, the series brings a ton of heart to the table. Each story feels meaningful and almost perfectly captures the experience of being a young adult in the early stages of social media. Personally, I’ll be interested to see how Emily is Away <3 hits me. I’m slowly starting to age out of the nostalgia the game trades in. That, of course, doesn’t mean I won’t still enjoy it. I just won’t have those shared experiences that I loved in the first two games.

In short, I’m incredibly excited to see what Seeley does for his third entry. Emily is Away <3 doesn’t yet have a firm release date, but hopefully, we’ll get that soon. If you’ve never checked the series out, the first game is free on Steam.

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