It’s okay, you can admit it. We all know you cried during your playthrough of To The Moon. Of course it was just a ‘manly cry’ ( /nudge ), so just relax and prepare yourself! Freebird Games, the creators of To The Moon, have recently announced their new project that follows the same basic style as its first hit.
A Bird Story, as it is humbly being called, will have similar visuals but will take its story narrative down a different path from its predecessor. Just take a look at this description from the developers:
Narrative-driven with little-to-no-dialogue
A Bird Story is a simple, surreal short about a boy and a bird with a broken wing. Despite being story-based like most of my games, there are essentially no dialogues throughout.
Taking place in To The Moon’s universe
While Dr. Watts and Dr. Rosalene aren’t in this game (Chronologically, it takes place before their time), the boy in it eventually grows up to become their patient in “episode 2” of the series.
Well, there you go. The team over at Freebird Games apparently have some ideas to express their story without any dialogue. I am actually curious how they will go about doing this since they tend to focus on story rather than graphics and animations. It will be difficult since 16-bit style games can’t easily express emotions and other small details without text, but I’m sure they have a few tricks up their sleeves (My money is on the music).
It is also good to hear that they are continuing their next series in the same universe as To The Moon. They did an excellent job in drawing the players into the world and it would be a pity to throw that away. The fact that they mention that “episode 2” will have both Dr. Watts. and Dr. Rosalene, shows that we can expect something interesting in the future.
A Bird Story is expected for release around mid-year 2013. You can find tunes from the soundtrack and excellent artwork for the game over at the Freebird Games website. Their Twitter feed often tosses out great updates as well. So be sure to follow!
Please comment on your opinion of A Bird Story or To The Moon in the comment section below. Thanks for reading and take care!