Five years after launch, heartfelt indie Rakuen is getting a ‘major update’ and spin-off

In 2017, indie developer and composer Laura Shigihara released Rakuen, a delightful adventure-RPG about a sick boy and his mother who travel back and forth between a whimsical fantasy land and the somewhat less whimsical hospital where he’s staying. Now, Shigihara has announced (opens in new tab) that Rakuen is getting a significant update, and a new game in the same setting will be released next year.

Rakuen’s update will give it “a new custom-built engine powered by Ebitengine, new art, animations” and also a Japanese localization. It’ll be available on March 23 of 2023, as will the next game in the world of Rakuen, which is called Mr. Saitou.