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To the Moon

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Lace Mamba Global
Developer: Freebird Games
Release Date: July / August 2012

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'To the Moon' Gets Animated Feature Film

by Rainier on May 18, 2018 @ 11:29 a.m. PDT

To the Moon is an exciting and unique storytelling project, involving gameplay elements of classic point & click adventures as well as role-playing games.

To the Moon tells a story of a technology that allows to alter a person’s memories. Imagine a world where doctors can rework your memory in order to grant your greatest wish… but there's just one catch: It will be the last thing you'll ever remember.

Dr. Eva Rosalene and Dr. Neil Watts have rather peculiar jobs: In the year 2060, they control this technology that allows doctors to weave artificial memories, such that a patient can request attempts to alter their mind, and wake up with memories of things that didn’t actually happen.

However, since these new memories are permanent, the conflict between them and the existing authentic memories clash in such a way that it ceases the person’s ability to properly function.

Thus, the operation is only done to people on their deathbeds, to fulfil what they wish they had done with their lives… but didn’t.

After 2 years of behind-the-scenes incubation and planning, a major production full-length animated film based on Freebird Games’ 2011 adventure game, “To the Moon”, has been confirmed and is underway.

The project will be a collaboration between Japan (main production) and China (main funding). First tier Japanese animation production companies are aboard, with specifics to be announced at a future date.

On the funding side, significant budget has been secured for the project, quoted as somewhere above the budget for the animated film production of “Your Name” as reference.

The film project was planned and made possible in partnership with Beijing’s Ultron Event Horizon, whose CEO, Danyang Zhao, was responsible for bringing “Your Name” to China.

The original creator of To the Moon, Kan Gao, will play a part in the film script creation process and consultation.

The technology requires the doctors to step into the memories of the patient, which are reconstructed as interactive scenes. The doctors then gradually traverse backwards through memories of the patient’s life until they reach childhood — at which point, the wish of the patient in present time would be transferred over.

Along with the doctors’ influence, the patient (as a child) could then lead an entire different life inside their head, working toward and fulfilling their dying wish themselves.

And if all goes well, they would wake up, having lived the dream life they never had, and embrace a brief moment of blissful fulfilment. Shortly after, they’d draw their last breath.

John, the protagonist of To the Moon, is a patient of Dr. Rosalene and Dr. Watts, and both doctors are about to fulfil his last wish: To weave the memory of having become an astronaut and visited the Moon.

 

Key Features

  • A unique & non-combat story-driven experience
  • Innovative mix between adventure game elements and classic RPG aesthetics
  • Acclaimed original soundtrack that closely ties to the story
  • An espresso execution with zero filler and no time drains

To The Moon is currently available as digital download on Steam.


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