The lights are on
Laura Shigihara has worked on the soundtracks for Plants vs. Zombies,
To The Moon, World of Warcraft, and the most recent Penny Arcade game,
and now she is branching out on her own with her own game.
Shigihara has been working in Rakuen
for nearly a year. Despite a professional history focused on music
composition, Shigihara is handling the programming, design, audio, and
in-game pixel character art with concept art from Emmmy Toyonaga, also a
former EA employee.
Here's Shigihara description of the game:
is a story-based adventure game about a little Boy who becomes bored
with living in a hospital, and eventually asks his mother if she'll
escort him to the fantasy world from his favorite storybook. Throughout
the game, the Boy begins to learn more about the patients who live
around him. They each have their own secrets and struggles that are
mysteriously tied to the strange hospital. In helping those around him,
the Boy deals with questions about empathy, hope, and what it means to
leave behind a legacy by coming to terms with his own story.
describes Rakuen's gameplay as a mix between Maniac Mansion, To the
Moon, and the non-combat elements of The Legend of Zelda: Link to the
Past. Shigihara is hoping to release the game for PC next year, with hopes to port it to additional platforms in the future.
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That sounds like an awesome game, I hope it all works out well.
Love the art style! The concept is so touching and unique. "Rakuen" means "paradise", in case anybody's wondering. :)
This sounds great
" escort him to the fantasy world from his favorite storybook."
By the image, that book might be Digimon related.
This game sounds like it's going to be absolutely beautiful.
Didn't this used to be called "Melolune"?
Always amazes how much talent EX-EA employees have. EA is terrible to so thoroughly squash the charm, the color, the heart, etc. out of all these artists while employed there. Popcap is doing... okay at maintaining a fun atmosphere, but considering we're getting some Plants VS. Zombies third person shooter in the next year, I'm pretty sure they're losing their identity to the black hole that is ("was") the former 'Electronic Arts'.
This looks cute, beautiful and sounds heartfelt - that's all awesome. Can't wait to see more.
Sounds like an awesome story, gonna keep an eye on this.