Freebird Games announced that its To the Moon follow-up A Bird Story will launch later this year in advance of a fully-fledged To the Moon sequel.

Freebird explains that A Bird Story is a "narrative-driven top-down adventure short" that consists of "a mix of memories and dreams, delivering a surreal tale without dialogues."

"The game is the bridging episode between episode 1 (To the Moon) and episode 2 of the series -- the protagonist (a boy in A Bird Story) would grow up to be the elderly patient in episode 2," Freebird Games explains. "However, the game is completely standalone, and is meant to be an individual story of equal importance with its own beginning and ending."

The release also serves as an apology of sorts for a recently proposed prototype version of To the Moon 2, which will only enter production in a parallel universe.

[via Joystiq]