Goodbye World's hazy nostalgia looks set to break my heart

It's been a hot sec since I've been absolutely floored by how beautiful a videogame's graphics are. Modern graphics are an amazing landmark of how far gaming has come technologically in such a short amount of time, but it takes a lot for a game's aesthetic to really speak to me. Yo Fujii's Goodbye World has screamed to me from the goddamn rooftops.

A video shown during the Day of the Devs at the Summer Game Fest is embedded above. (It starts at about 3:06:30 into the stream.)

It's, in a meta sort of way, an indie game about the highs and lows of developing an indie game. Outgoing graphics artist Kumade and the reserved programmer Kanii have been pals since college, working together to create games that unfortunately haven't really taken off. The two are struggling to find the balance between pursuing their passions and paying the bills, having to take up part-time jobs to make ends meet.

It's a tale any budding creative will be painfully familiar with, but the world's harsh realities are presented through gorgeous pixel graphics that are stunning even in the purposefully murky resolution that closely resembles a GameBoy Advance or Super NES. Watching the trailer evokes a weird sense of nostalgia for a life I never lived—perhaps it's making me reminisce about games with similar vibes I would play as a kid.

Goodbye World's narrative is presented through 13 chapters and 12 stages of a puzzle platformer, which has me wondering if we'll be playing through Kanii and Kumade's game as they develop it. Whatever Goodbye World has in store, I'm already very much signed up and ready to dive in.

Goodbye World is due out on Steam later this year. You can wishlist the game right now, too.

Mollie Taylor
Features Producer

Mollie spent her early childhood deeply invested in games like Killer Instinct, Toontown and Audition Online, which continue to form the pillars of her personality today. She joined PC Gamer in 2020 as a news writer and now lends her expertise to write a wealth of features, guides and reviews with a dash of chaos. She can often be found causing mischief in Final Fantasy 14, using those experiences to write neat things about her favourite MMO. When she's not staring at her bunny girl she can be found sweating out rhythm games, pretending to be good at fighting games or spending far too much money at her local arcade.