VALIDATE: Struggling Singles in Your Area

ValiDate is a visual novel in which you maneuver yourself through the twisting paths of young adulthood.



VALIDATE: Struggling Singles in Your Area
VALIDATE: Struggling Singles in Your Area


Veritable Joy Studios is a Chicago-based developer working with a diverse set of creators all around the globe to bring you authentic, heartfelt games spotlighting people of color. Our debut game, ValiDate: Struggling Singles in Your Area,
ran a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2020 and is currently in development.
Here at Veritable Joy, we pride ourselves on creating an authentic and supportive work environment where people of color can tell the stories that we want heard. Our studio is dedicated to crafting games that place people of color and LGBT+ characters at the forefront of the narrative, in the hopes that we can be the change that marginalized communities want to see in the gaming industry.

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VALIDATE: Struggling Singles in Your Area

Set in the Jercy City area, ValiDate is a visual novel about 13 struggling singles navigating the harsh realities of love and life. Running the gamut from independent living, financial difficulties, and raising children on their own, our cast of 20-something millennials learn that growth does not end when a person comes of age and is only a precursor to quarter-life crises. Shenanigans ensue.Play as Malik, Inaya, Isabelle, and Emhari in Volume 1 of ValiDate as they enter the Jercy City's unpredictable dating scene, their stories told through over 30 routes and hours of gameplay based on your good (or bad!) choices. Enable their awful behavior and leave a trail of broken hearts behind them, or help them along the path of self-betterment with mixtapes, poetry, and cosplay thrown into the mix.

Veritable Joy © 2022

Veritable Joy © 2022


Volume 1

Veritable Joy © 2021

VALIDATE: Struggling Singles in Your Area



ValiDate is a romantic visual novel about 13 adults in Jercy City navigating new relationships and the harsh realities that come alongside them.


Developer: Veritable Joy Studios
Platforms: Steam, Nintendo Switch, Playstation, and Xbox
Projected Release Date: Summer 2022
Price: $14.99
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Anywhere can be the city of love if you’re willing to try hard enough, and some of these folks from Jercy City are desperate. ValiDate presents a smorgasbord of relationships to bear witness to— but the dating scene is difficult even when you aren’t marginalized in six different ways, so happiness continues to fly just out of reach for these unlucky lovers.


- 13 playable characters with 30+ routes.
- The ability to choose horrible decisions and see the entertaining fallout.
- #OwnVoices narrative writing by an all people of color team.
- A beautiful array of artists of color's work to give characters their own individual feeling.
- Backgrounds taken from all around the world.
- Flawed characters undergoing narrative arcs handled with empathy and self-indulgence.
- Achievements for every single ending.


VALIDATE: Struggling Singles in Your Area
VALIDATE: Struggling Singles in Your Area
VALIDATE: Struggling Singles in Your Area



ValiDate Game allows for the contents of ValiDate: Struggling Singles in Your Area to be published through video broadcasting services for any commercial or non-commercial purposes. Monetization of videos created containing assets from ValiDate: Struggling Singles in Your Area is legally & explicitly allowed by ValiDate Game.

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