Laura Shigihara Releases Trailer for Rakuen
Plants vs. Zombies composer, Laura Shigihara has released the first trailer for Rakuen an adventure game set for release at the end of 2014. You can find the official soundtrack from Rakuen on Bandcamp. Visit the official Rakuen website here.
Rakuen is a story-based adventure game about a little Boy living in the hospital who asks his mother to escort him to the fantasy world from his favorite storybook. Tasked with helping his fellow patients by interacting with their alter-egos in the fantasy world, the Boy quickly learns that each of them have their own secrets and struggles that are tied to the mysterious hospital in which they all live.
In terms of gameplay, Rakuen functions like a mix between Maniac Mansion, To the Moon, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (though without battles or fighting). The story and character design is influenced by Japanese mythology and children's culture, as well as films like Miyazaki's Spirited Away.
About the Developers:
Laura Shigihara (design, programming, audio, pixel characters) is mostly known for her work as a game composer. She's created audio for over 25 published game titles (most notably, the soundtrack for Plants vs. Zombies, though also contributing music and voice work for games like To the Moon, World of Warcraft, and Surviving High School).
Emmy Toyonaga (concept artist) has worked as an in-house concept/character artist at EA and Midway Games, creating art for titles such as The Sims 2 and The Sims 3. She was also the lead character artist for the MySims franchise. Emmy has contributed freelance work to several magazines and newspapers, including the Official PlayStation Magazine.
Matt Holmberg (background artist) has worked as both an in-house artist at PopCap Games for several years, as well as an independent contractor. He's worked on several different games, including the Peggle franchise, Plants vs. Zombies, Talismania, Chrono Trigger, and Secret of Evermore.