Seeing Yomawari: Night Alone in the recently updated tab of Steam would usually be cause for either concern or celebration. A PC port of a fairly simple Japanese indie game originally released on the PS Vita, is isn't the first you'd expect to receive updates months after launch.
But that's exactly what's happened this time around. Potentially spurred on by upcoming PC release of Rose in the Twilight - handled by the same creator and, in this case, publisher - Yomawari: Night Alone may have just benefited from the lessons learned by the work on the newer title.
Again, being a simple top-down adventure game with a very soft, chibi-like anime art-style, Yomawari: Night Alone isn't a difficult one for PCs to pump out onto your screens being able to run on basically anything half-decent PC in recent memory. But, somehow, its original release was locked to the DirectX 11 framework and nothing less. Hardly an issue for anyone running a mainstream GPU made in the last 8 years.
But for those hoping to play on lesser specced machines, it was outrageous to imagine why the game couldn't run on even the simplest of on-board GPUs. Thankfully, the latest update has managed to bring the game to a wider audience by enabling DirectX 10 utilization chopping down the game's minimum requirements to the Intel HD4000 series of APUs typically seen in even the cheapest laptops of the last 4+ years - or equivalent MacBooks if that's your thing.
While not exactly ground-breaking news, it's a kind effort of bringing a very well-received light-horror story to a larger audience. That's nothing but a good thing. And go figure; it's 25% off.