As announced during the most recent Nintendo Direct, Onion Games is bringing their cult classic RPG Moon to Switch, finally in English. Released 22 years ago for the PlayStation, an English localization was promised, and even shown at E3, but never materialized. Now the genre-defying role-playing game is getting a Switch port, as well as an official translation. More information about Moon is set to come during next week's Tokyo Games Show. It will be available in Japanese on October 10th, and in English sometime later this year.
Describing itself as an "anti-RPG," Moon eviscerates traditional RPG stories and systems, all while providing a solid role-playing foundation itself. When a young boy is sucked into a TV while playing a game, he must navigate the strange world in order to find his way home. Instead of fighting and killing monsters, he must release their souls and collect their "Love." As the boy explores the world, he exposes more and more of the game behind the scenes, uncovering the NPCs' secrets as they go about their daily lives. Ultimately, the boy must find his way home, and discover the truth behind the world of this strange game.
If the description of Moon sounds similar to Undertale, you wouldn't be far off. Undertale's own creator, TobyFox, mentioned Moon in a Twitter thread back in 2017 as a primary inspiration for his game. The team responsible for bringing Moon to a modern generation is Onion Games, comprised of some of the original team behind Moon. Their more modern efforts include Dandy Dungeon, a more traditional RPG, as well as a pair of other, smaller games. Members of Onion Games have worked on Super Mario RPG, Chulip, Chibi-Robo! and Rez, among other games. Clearly, strange, unconventional games are well within their wheelhouse. Now, English fans around the world will get their chance to try Moon, when it comes to the Switch sometime in the near future.