That Dragon, Cancer
tells the real-life story of Joel Green, a young boy fighting terminal cancer, placed in a low-poly, point-and-click world. There are no puzzles in the game, only daily activities haunted by an unseen monster silently shaping the lives of Joel and his family. Joel's father, Ryan Green, is developing the game alongside Josh Larson and a handful of contributors. That Dragon, Cancer
includes personal notes and stories from the Green family, describing their pain, joy, hope and despair as the story progresses and Joel's health continues to decline.
, after battling cancer for four years, Joel died at the age of 5.
The game must go on. Ryan Green, Josh Larson and the That Dragon, Cancer team
are pushing forward with development, gathering funding from investors and today launching a Kickstarter
campaign seeking $85,000 to help finish the game. That Dragon, Cancer
has the financial support of Indie Fund
– up to $50,000 – if it needs it and if the campaign is successful.
This all means the game is delayed from its 2014 launch window
, but when it does launch, it will do so on Ouya and Steam (PC and Mac) simultaneously. It was previously designed as an Ouya exclusive, but the micro-console maker is allowing a side-by-side PC premiere as a show of support for the developers, who wish to get That Dragon, Cancer
in front of as many people as possible.