Upcoming indie game “To the Moon” is hoping to completely reinvent the RPG. There are no battles. It’s all about the story.
The game is about a man on his deathbed. There’s a technology in the game that lets doctors weave artificial memories, and patients can go back through their lives and do everything they wish they did. There are a couple problems with this though. Since the new memories are permanent, they conflict with real memories and make the person unable to function properly—which is why it’s only done on people when they’re about to die.
The technology also requires the doctors to join the patient in this journey, and they need to go back through the patient’s life until they reach their childhood. When they reach the patient’s childhood, the patient then steps into the memories and can relive their life. “And if all goes well, they would wake up, having lived the dream life they never had, and embrace a brief moment of blissful fulfillment,” states the game website. “Shortly after, they’d draw their last breath.”
This game follows the story of two such doctors, Dr. Rosalene and Dr. Watts who are performing this operation on a dying elderly man named Johnny. Johnny has an odd wish though—he wants to go to the moon. As the doctors go through his life, they find out why.
You need to collect “mementos,” needed to travel through Johnny’s life. It also has some humor thrown in along the way. The game is a bit short—around five hours—but the developer says it will be a series, each of which will follow the life of a different person.
Sounds awesomely original. “To the Moon” also has a graphics style reminiscent of “Chrono Trigger” on the SNES (speaking of reliving those great moments). It is set for release Fall 2011, and developers state it’s 85.326% done.