To The Moon follow-up A Bird Story coming mid-2013

To The Moon hit players like a bittersweet freight train when it released in November 2011, and its creator is almost ready to share the next part of the tale. Freebird Games today revealed A Bird Story, "a simple, surreal short about a boy and a bird with a broken wing."

The previous game's pair of doctors is absent--Eva Rosalene and Neil Watts are yet to be born. A Bird Story is part of the youth of their patient in episode 2, and this segment will be told almost entirely without dialogue.

Developer Kan "Reives" Gao noted certain expectations for To The Moon's successor--but matching previous success is not his concern.

"However, what I can promise is that I’ll always be making what truly means something to me--and hopefully, to you too," Gao wrote. "I hope everyone could take them as they come, and enjoy them for their own merits."

Gao plans to release A Bird Story around mid-year 2013. Until then, you can check out its title screen and the music that will inevitably make us all cry.

Connor Sheridan

I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.