Emily Is Away was a huge callback for me. It instantly took me back to the days where I would languish on AOL Instant Messenger and wait for my role-playing buddies to sign on so I could pretend I was talking to Dragon Ball Z’s Vegeta. So, despite my issues with the wishy-washy dialogue in some instances, I’m glad to see its getting a sequel in the form of Emily Is Away Too [official site].
This time around you’ll get to chat with both Emily and Evelyn instead of Emily only, and that’s great because she sometimes got into her angsty all-lowercase chat moods and got on my nerves when I was trying to reach out and be friendly. “Right in the childhood,” or “teenage years,” as bizarre headlines might proclaim when Emily Is Away Too reaches mainstream publications.
But Emily Is Away Too is bringing a lot more than just AOL IM chats. There’s going to be YouTube links, Facebook profiles and even file transfers, presumably between the three of you. If it’s anything like my high school years it’s probably single MP3 files and links to videos like “Pretty Much Everywhere, It’s Gonna Be Hot.” Then I don’t need a jacket! Thanks, Arthur.
The game is scheduled for a 2017 release, so there’s still time for you to attempt to wade through the enormous slate of fall stuff while 2016 is still going – and the original game is still pay-what-you-want on Itch. I never left those awkward teenage years Emily Is Away meant to rekindle and I still use AIM, as well as terrible buddy icons, but that doesn’t mean I won’t happily lap up all the nostalgia that will be flowing readily from Emily Is Away Too’s teat.