It's all about technology that can weave new memories for patients on their death beds to 'fulfil their greatest dreams' before they pass. We play as John, who wants to go to the moon.
The game was independently funded by and made by Kan Gao and his team Freebird Games. The game is set in the year 2060 where two doctors offer whole life memories to dying patients.
Here's the blurb from the press release to better explain To the Moon:
Dr. Eva Rosalene and Dr. Neil Watts have rather peculiar jobs: In the year 2060, they control this technology that allows doctors to weave artificial memories, such that a patient can request attempts to alter their mind, and wake up with memories of things that didn’t actually happen.
However, since these new memories are permanent, the conflict between them and the existing authentic memories clash in such a way that it ceases the person’s ability to properly function.
Thus, the operation is only done to people on their deathbeds, to fulfil what they wish they had done with their lives… but didn’t.
The technology requires the doctors to step into the memories of the patient, which are reconstructed as interactive scenes. The doctors then gradually traverse backwards through memories of the patient’s life until they reach childhood — at which point, the wish of the patient in present time would be transferred over.
Along with the doctors’ influence, the patient (as a child) could then lead an entire different life inside their head, working toward and fulfilling their dying wish themselves.
And if all goes well, they would wake up, having lived the dream life they never had, and embrace a brief moment of blissful fulfilment. Shortly after, they’d draw their last breath.
John, the protagonist of To the Moon, is a patient of Dr. Rosalene and Dr. Watts, and both doctors are about to fulfil his last wish: To weave the memory of having become an astronaut and visited the Moon.
The indie title had received a wave of accolades from critics when it debuted. To the Moon releases July 7th in the UK and Ireland, and August 31st in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and other territories. RRP is £14.99 and €19.99.