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Goodbye Volcano High will probably make a few of us cry

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Goodbye Volcano High is a "cinematic narrative" game from developer KO_OP, an artist owned studio that previously brought us Lara Croft GO: The Mirror of Spirits and some interesting oddities like GNOG (opens in new tab). This one stars anthropomorphic animals in a high school drama about "the end of an era" and "the start of a love story."

Based on the narration in the trailer, it seems like the sort of coming of age drama that'll draw out a few tears before it's all over, at least for those prone to them.

Goodbye Volcano High stars Lachlan Watson (known for Netflix's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) and delivers a "queer narrative created by a diverse team with multiple storylines and unique endings," according to KO_OP.

It'll include musical and "cinematic" minigames, as well as "difficult choices" along the way. It's tough not to associate it with Night in the Woods a little, if only because they're both 2D story-adventure games staring animal-based characters. It does feel distinct in style and substance.

Goodbye Volcano High will release on Steam next year. You can find out more on the official site (opens in new tab).

Tyler Wilde
Tyler Wilde

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.