To the Moon follow-up mini game, A Bird Story, set free mid-2013


Freebird Games' A Bird Story, available for PC in mid-2013, bridges the gap between stellar 2011 indie game To the Moon and its coming sequel. A Bird Story is a "narrative-driven, top-down adventure short" that chronicles the young life of the old man in the sequel, and while it is a narrative game, A Bird Story features almost no dialogue. It does have an original soundtrack composed by creator Kan Gao; check out a sample in the title screen above.

To all the players expecting certain things in the next full To the Moon game, Gao says even he isn't quite sure what it will look like, but he won't develop it just to meet certain quota or mirror previous games.

"However, what I can promise is that I'll always be making what truly means something to me - and hopefully, to you too," he says. "I hope everyone could take them as they come, and enjoy them for their own merits."
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Freebird Games Announces A Bird Story
Not to be mistaken for the story of the company's mascot "freebird", which is fairly dull in comparison.

March 7th, 2013 – Freebird Games announced its first new game after the release of To the Moon, titled A Bird Story. The narrative-driven top-down adventure short is scheduled to launch mid-year 2013, and has been outlined on its official page at http://freebirdgames.com/a_bird_story/

The said announcement happened after the company's sole employee, Kan Gao, was rehired shortly after his firing for the unjust overnight creation of the sequel To the Moon 2 (ref.: http://www.freebirdgames.com/images/ttm2.jpg ) in response to the growing concerns over the original To the Moon's unmet promise of actually being on the moon. In his defense, Mr. Gao proclaimed his belief that the denounced sequel was, in fact, "a pretty good idea at the time" (not unlike this press release).

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ABOUT A BIRD STORY

A Bird Story is a short PC adventure game about a boy and an injured bird. The game takes place between a mix of memories and dreams, delivering a surreal tale without dialogues.
The game is the bridging episode between episode 1 (To the Moon) and episode 2 of the series – the protagonist (a boy in A Bird Story) would grow up to be the elderly patient in episode 2. However, the game is completely standalone, and is meant to be an individual story of equal importance with its own beginning and ending.

An original soundtrack composed by Kan will accompany the game, and the title theme preview can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ffGWdm0Ntk

ABOUT TO THE MOON

Join Dr. Rosalene and Dr. Watts as they enter a patient named Johnny's mind on his death bed to grant his final request. Watch, interact, and change the past as Johnny's life unfolds before you and takes you on a journey inside one's head that asks the greatest question of all: "What if...?"

If you had the chance to relive your life, would you change things? Would you try to achieve some grand goal? Could you find love? Fame? Fortune? Or would you realize that sometimes the past is meant to stay the same. Join Dr. Rosalene and Watts on their journey to bring Johnny To The Moon.

Featuring music by Laura Shigihara and Kan Gao, the soundtrack, story, and setting creates a unique storytelling experience leading up to a heartfelt ending. Find out about this and other Freebird Games titles at http://www.freebirdgames.com or watch the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqkJuSV-23U

This article was originally published on Joystiq.