No Longer Home appears to be a very personal game. It’s a semi-biographical point-and-click adventure about two university students, Bo and Ao, who must come to terms with the fact that their lives are going to alter significantly. They’ve both recently graduated from university and are about to be separated when Ao returns to Japan, and No Longer Home shows their final weeks together as players explore the apartment, talk with friends, and participate in ordinary pleasures like playing videogames together or having a BBQ.
It’s not often that games have such basic premise, but I’m interested to see if No Longer Home can express the tension and grief of these critical life events. It reminds me of Kentucky Route Zero, not just because of the graphical style, but also because No Longer Home combines bizarre themes. Ao and Bo also share an apartment with a bizarre creature named Lu, which I’m sure is a metaphor for something.
No Longer Home has been in the works for nearly six years and was successfully financed on Kickstarter in 2018. It will be released later this year, but you can put it on your wishlist on Steam right now.