Publication date of the original Japanese article: 2021-11-16 10:26 (JST)
Translated by. Nick Mosier
On November 16, Onion Games announced that moon and Black Bird are getting simultaneous worldwide releases on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 on December 16.
moon is referred to as an anti-RPG and was developed by Love-de-Lic for the PlayStation in 1997. Under the supervision of the original staff, the game was also ported to the Nintendo Switch in 2019. moon looks at the actions we often see from RPG heroes in a different light. In the game world, the hero has dubbed innocent animals as monsters and slaughtered them in the name of gaining experience points. The protagonist of moon gets sucked into the world of the game he’s playing and must save the souls of the animals that were killed by the hero, while collecting “Love” to increase his Love Level.
The inhabitants of the game perform a number of actions depending on the time and day of the week. The florist goes to work in the morning, guards man their posts, some characters participate in secret hobbies at night, one person peacefully fishes each day. Each character follows a fixed schedule that determines their behavior. By observing their lives and performing specific actions, it’s possible to discover that character’s “hidden love.”
Black Bird is a shooting game that unfolds in a dark world. One day, a little girl sadly dies alone on a street corner and is reborn as an ominous black bird. Players control this black bird and bring calamity to the kingdom. The game features a distinct pixel art style that’s reminiscent of a fairy tale. As you clear stages, you get closer to the story’s hidden secret. The game also has an operatic soundtrack that’s sang in a made-up language, with enemy movements expertly synchronized and performed along with it.
If you can get a high enough score, the game’s true ending will be revealed to you. Since the ending is tied to your skill, there’s lots of incentive to replay the game. Clearing the game also unlocks True Mode, which features new enemies and hidden characters worth lots of points. And with the online leaderboards, there’s plenty of challenge to be had.
moon and Black Bird are scheduled to launch on PS4 and PS5 on December 16. moon is also planned to release on Steam, with the release date coming at a later date.
Furthermore, moon is currently available on Nintendo Switch, and Black Bird is available on Steam and Nintendo Switch.
Onion Games will also be broadcasting Onion Games Live 2021 on YouTube on December 13, so if you’re a fan of the studio, be sure to check it out.