That Dragon, Cancer, the autobiographical game about a family’s journey throughout their son’s terminal illness, has received a release date of Jan 12.

The game was made by Ryan and Amy Green, who with other developers and artists formed Numinous Games, to tell the story of their son Joel who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer at twelve months old and given only months to live. Joel managed to make it to his fifth birthday before succumbing to the disease in March 2014.

The game was funded in part by a successful Kickstarter campaign which reached over $100,000, and a documentary was made about the game’s development titled Thank You for Playing which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

There’s also a new trailer to accompany the announcement:

The trailer left me pretty speechless. Video games have come so far in terms of telling personal narratives, but That Dragon, Cancer will likely be one of the medium’s most poignant efforts. While heartbreaking, there’s also beautiful moments of light and joy. A sick child is still a child, after all.

You can pre-order the game now through Numinous Games’ website for Windows, Mac and Ouya.

Disclosure statement: Indie Haven contributor M. Joshua Cauller, who makes video game trailers professionally, was the producer of the trailer for That Dragon, Cancer. 

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