During Sony’s PlayStation 5 showcase, we got everything from werewolves to demons, hardened survivalists to….potentially doomed dinosaurs? That’s right, one of the many titles revealed for the new console is Goodbye Volcano High, a “cinematic narrative adventure” starring a group of dinosaurs preparing to graduate from the titular academy.
Goodbye Volcano High is developed by Montreal-based studio KO_OP, best known for the playful puzzler GNOG, the expansion Lara Croft Go: The Mirror of Spirits, and the 2020 mobile release Winding Worlds. It will release for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC (via Steam) in 2021.
The game centers around Fang, a dinosaur on the cusp of graduating high school. Throughout the game, Fang must make difficult choices as they plan their future, decide their next steps, and possibly even pursue romance. In a blog post, KO_OP community manager Marcela Huerta described Volcano High as the perfect game for “a time where we’re all feeling a little lost and scared”.
KO_OP’s title will also focus on creating and sharing a queer narrative. Protagonist Fang identifies as nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns. They are voiced by Lachlan Watson, who is best known for playing the character Theo Putnam on Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. (KO_OP has confirmed that the rest of the game will also be fully voiced, so we’re keeping an eye out for more voice actor announcements as the game’s release draws closer!)
Goodbye Volcano High will also feature hand-painted backgrounds, character animations and music designed by Boyfriend Dungeon and Winding Worlds audio director, Dabu. The vocal talents of Montreal musician Brigitte Naggar will also appear in the game. The full version of the track Constellations, which was featured in the game’s reveal trailer, is currently available for purchase.
Are you looking forward to meeting the adorable dinosaurs of Goodbye Volcano High in 2021? Let us know!