When will the game be released?
We’re planning on releasing Rakuen Early 2017 on Steam.
Which systems/platforms will the game be available for?
It will be available for the PC first, but we’re working on a Mac/Linux port as well. Depending on how the game does, we may port it to other systems if we can!
How long is the game?
It really depends on the player. The game has a lot of different puzzles, areas to explore, and people to talk to, so the total amount of gameplay will vary greatly based on your play style. I would estimate anywhere between 10 and 15 hours.
What inspired the game’s story?
I wrote a song several years back called, “Jump,” but I didn’t end up arranging/producing it until I was asked to submit a track for the “Play for Japan” album Akira Yamaoka organized after the Tohoku earthquake.
When I wrote the song, I thought about two things: I thought about how in life, we often have to go forward and hope for the best, even though we don’t know how things will turn out… Whether it’s a new job, a new relationship, an illness, anything, really… We don’t know if we’re gonna sink or swim; we don’t know if we’ll fly or fall. Sometimes we can’t do anything at all, but hope for the best, and jump. I also thought about how we all have a child inside of us that just wants to be told that everything is going to be alright… Sometimes when your Mom says, “don’t worry, everything’s gonna be alright,” she can’t explain how or why it will be… but just hearing it makes you feel better. That’s what the song is about.
And that’s kind of what Rakuen is about, too. I imagined a little Boy living in the hospital, coming to terms with his problems by helping others… Perhaps others who are too old to have a Mom, or who are carrying too much on their shoulders to ask someone to be there for them. The Boy’s Mom gives him the gift of hope, and through his adventures, he’s able to pass that on to those around him. Through his actions, he’s able to tell them, “everything’s gonna be alright…” so that they don’t have to be afraid to jump.
Is there a way we can help support the project?
Probably the best way to help support us is to let people know about the game ^_^ Telling folks about Rakuen through email, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, etc. is always super helpful! Letting your favorite gaming news sites know about us, or making videos or blog posts is always great, too! You can wishlist the game on Steam now if you’d like to be notified when the game comes out. We also have a wonderful community over at the forums, where beta testing is happening right now. Lastly, if you enjoy video game music and want to get a sneak preview of Rakuen’s soundtrack, you can pre-order the soundtrack here. Thank-you for your support, it really means a lot to us!