In a Twitter post, Dan stated that he intended the game's release to be on April 1, 2017, but he knew it was not ready and wanted to publish a complete product. He also stated that the game was born from his love-hate relationship with anime. In particular, he cited the "cute girls doing cute things" trope to be a double-edged sword.
- In Act 3, Monika mentions Super Smash Bros. She doesn't know why she said that or even what it is and advises the player to ask her creators. When someone asked Salvato about it on Twitter, he explained that it's a joke referencing his history in the Smash Bros. community as a Super Smash Bros. Melee hacker and mod developer. This line is not shown in game as of version 1.1.1.
- Facebook Post
- "Fun fact, I originally wanted to release DDLC on April 1st to add an extra layer of bewilderment to the whole thing (a lot of people thought I was working on a fighting game at the time). But naturally it wasn't ready at that point. Would have been extra hilarious though." – Dan Salvato on Twitter
- Doki Doki Literature Club's Horror Was Born From A Love-Hate Relationship With Anime, Kotaku
- Answer tweet by Dan Salvato