"It's a feature that a lot of people wanted."

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An uber-popular turn-based RPG wanted to introduce a dating feature — but the people making it didnt' have enough experience to make it work.

As Games Radar reports, the developers behind the Korean indie game Troubleshooter: Abandoned Children admitted that although they'd had no problem creating a dramatic dystopian world, adding a realistic dating simulation has been a sticking point.

Released in full in 2020 by the game studio Dandylion, Troubleshooter takes place in the crime-riddled and dystopian city of Valhalla where users play as private mercenaries. Per reviews and descriptions, the game seems to have almost everything: action, intrigue, drama, trauma, and hidden agendas. All it lacks, as users have pointed out more than once since its release, is romance — a shortcoming the developers are now saying they're ill-equipped to address.

In response to a user review on Steam for the game about it lacking a "waifu dating system," Dandylion acknowledged the sorry state of affairs going on behind the scenes.

"Dating system... it's a feature that a lot of people wanted," the developer wrote back. "But my team members... have no experience with it, even in real life...."

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Elsewhere online, folks took notice of the sad — and hilarious — developer response in a viral post screenshotting the exchange on X-formerly-Twitter.

"We can build a feature to ride a dragon but not go on a date, because we have no experience with that," quipped game designer Ben Pielstick, whose resume includes titles such as Star Wars: The Old Republic. "A date might be harder to imagine these days I suppose."

While it's certainly a shame to imagine the loveless lives of the six devs that seem to make up Dandylion's team, it's clear from the responses and quote-tweets of the review screenshot that gamers were charmed by their honesty.

"Gaming can be saved if every dev was like this," one X user posted.

"I’ve never wishlisted a game so fast based on a Steam review before," joked another.

Honesty, as this scenario shows us, is the best policy — especially if your audience is likely to relate.

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