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Plants Vs. Zombies Composer Bringing Rakuen To PC

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:

Rakuen 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.

Shigihara 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.

  • No lie, I became teary-eyed by the end of reading the synopsis to this game. I look forward to playing this immensely.
  • 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.

  • "Shigihara 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."

    Umm, yes please!!

  • looks like another "feels" game. like the game - to the moon. but still, I want to know more of this game story.
  • So, it's a story about learning before departing. Not my type of game (though I like those stories), but I may keep it on my radar.
  • there neighbor has been doing this for less than twentey months and just now repaid the mortgage on there apartment and bourt a new Acura.  >>>>>>>>> www.jobs60.com

  • Sounds like an awesome story, gonna keep an eye on this.