Written by. Ryuki Ishii based on the original Japanese article (original article’s publication date: 2022-02-27 12:00 JST)
Indie game publisher PLAYISM has announced that they are publishing the remake of Ib, a popular Japanese 2D horror game that was originally released in 2012. The Steam store page has opened and the game will initially support only Japanese when it launches in 2022, but the publisher plans to add other languages later on. “February 27th, 2022, marks the game’s 10 year anniversary and we thought this would be a great day to reveal the Steam storepage for the remake version,” PLAYISM explained.
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The original Ib was released in 2012 as a free game created by a solo game developer that goes by kouri. You play as a young girl named Ib, and one day, Ib and her parents visit a museum that is holding a Guertena Exhibit for an artist of the same name. Ib walks around looking at the various paintings but comes to realize that she is all alone. Not just her parents, but everyone in the gallery is gone.
As she searches the museum for other people, things start to get strange. Along the way, she meets a man with a peculiar way of speaking named Garry, and a blond-haired girl with a cheery personality named Mary. This strange museum is where the story unfolds.
The strange museum that Ib has found herself lost in is filled with all sorts of obstacles, and players will discover items and solve puzzles as they explore and advance the story. There are also multiple endings that change depending on the route Ib and company take.
The developer kouri is overhauling the graphics for the remake, redesigning existing artwork displayed at the museum, and also adding new ones. Although they intend to make other changes and adjustments, the developer aims to retain the concept of the original game, which is to make it a game “that even non-gamers can enjoy.”
Ib remake is scheduled to release on Steam in 2022 as a paid title.