YouTube celebrity PewDiePie is releasing his second game, PewDiePie’s Tuber Simulator, in the vein of other YouTube simulators, which are often in part inspired by YouTube celebrities like PewDiePie. Help—we’re getting sucked into a vortex.
In a tweet yesterday, PewDiePie announced his Tuber Simulator, a free-to-play mobile game that he says is “different from other similar titles.” In an e-mail to Kotaku, developer Outerminds Games described the title, an RPG about becoming YouTube-famous:
“Follow in the footsteps of one of the biggest internet stars, PewDiePie, by creating your very own pocket Tuber! Having no money and no fame doesn’t even make you flinch, because YOU will become the biggest, baddest Tuber ever in no time and kick PewDiePie out of his own throne.
Your room smells, the walls and carpets are full of holes, but with all those views you’ll be making, it can quickly become the coolest studio EVER! You can then show off your awesome room to the world by sharing it online and even vote for others’ rooms. Follow your favorite players, connect with friends, send or receive gifts and build your way to the top!”
PewDiePie himself dropped out of college to focus on his YouTube gaming channel, working a job he says “wasn’t that prestigious” to make ends meet. In 2014, his channel earned him $7.4 million. In the past, PewDiePie has described being a YouTube star with extreme ambivalence: “This is the truth behind YouTube. We’re all depressed. Why would anyone want to become a YouTuber? For the fame? For the money? For the mom yelling at you? Look at me. Look at where I am. Look at my shitty content. Was it worth it? I don’t know. I’ve gotten so many views, but at the same time, I’m PewDiePie. You know what I mean? I just feel dirty. I used to be so young and innocent. Look at me. Look at me now. You don’t want to be a YouTuber. Get a real job.
Let’s see whether any of that angst makes it in his new game.
Outerminds Games also designed PewDiePie’s last game, Legend of the Brofist, which was reviewed very positively on Steam. The 2D platformer led players on an “Epic Quest” on which they unlock other YouTube stars like PewDiePie’s girlfriend Marzia and YouTube gaming celebrity Markiplier.
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Outerminds sent us some exclusive screenshots. Check them out:
However, PewDiePie has been teasing the game on his Twitter for a few weeks now:
Oh—and will there be multiplayer?
We will update with a specific release date.
Correction—2:30 PM: An earlier version of this story implied that PewDiePie’s Tuber Simulator was specifically inspired by YouTube Simulator. That is not true. We have updated this story accordingly and regret the error.