Last summer indie developer Funomena announced that its puzzle experience Luna would be getting a PlayStation VR version and that it should arrive Fall 2018. That didn’t happen, with the studio going rather quiet for a while. Today, that’s all changed, with Funomena confirming a June launch date for Luna.
Called Luna – Storybook Edition, it’ll work with or without PlayStation VR and will feature a new component, with the gameplay accompanied by a guided voiceover with localized subtitles in 18 languages.
This will be Funomena’s first title for PlayStation 4 – founders Robin Hunicke and Martin Middleton previously worked together on Journey for PlayStation 3 – having originally launched for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift back in 2017. An interactive, narrative-driven experience, Luna’s story focuses on a young bird enticed to eat the last piece of the waning Moon by mysterious Owl and is subsequently blown far from home. Players must untangle the bird’s memories, solving a sequence of celestial puzzles to unlock each level’s tree, plant and animal spirits. In doing so they can then plant and cultivate plants within terrariums, making them grow a flourish in a bid to bring life back to the moonless world.
“Creatively, Luna is also an incredibly personal title, with elements of each team-mate woven deeply into its environments and storyline,” states Hunicke on PlayStation Blog. “As the team grew, we spent a lot of time talking about how being creative is one of the best ways to communicate how past experiences have shaped us. We took this notion of making art to heal into the mechanics, building a tactile audio-visual experience that defied traditional game labels.”
In VRFocus’ original review of Luna we noted that: “The artwork is gorgeous, a bright, detailed, hand drawn style that really makes the title standout from a lot of other VR content, perfectly intertwined with a musical score that’s light, refreshing and filled with depth. This really is something that’s aimed at a younger audience as they’ll certainly be enthralled by what Funomena has created.”
The text and subtitles in Luna now support Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish. Luna will be available from 18th June in North America and 19th June in Europe. For further updates keep reading VRFocus.