Developers Freebird Games and X.D. Network announced today that the critically-acclaimed To the Moon will be arriving on the Nintendo Switch this summer.
Originally released on PC back in 2011, To the Moon is a story-driven experience in which you play as two doctors delving into a dying man’s memories in order to artificially fulfill his last dying wish. From the developer:
Dr. Rosalene and Dr. Watts have peculiar jobs: They give people another chance to live, all the way from the very beginning… but only in their patients’ heads.
Due to the severity of the operation, the new life becomes the last thing the patients remember before drawing their last breath. Thus, the operation is only done to people on their deathbeds, to fulfill what they wish they had done with their lives, but didn’t.
This particular story follows their attempt to fulfill the dream of an elderly man, Johnny. With each step back in time, a new fragment of Johnny’s past is revealed. As the two doctors piece together the puzzled events that spanned a life time, they seek to find out just why the frail old man chose his dying wish to be what it is.
And Johnny’s last wish is, of course… to go to the moon.
The game has received “Overwhelmingly Positive” reviews on Steam thanks to its compact, emotional storytelling and a fantastic soundtrack. It later received a follow-up and sequel in the form of A Bird Story and Finding Paradise, both of which received similarly positive reviews.
To the Moon was originally developed by Freebird Games using RPG Maker XP. The Switch version will be rebuilt entirely in Unity by developer and publisher X.D. Network Inc. and will be the game’s first appearance on consoles.
To the Moon was one of the best kicks to the emotional crotch I’ve ever experienced. I’m hoping the game can find a whole new audience of crotches to kick on the Switch as well.