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San Francisco, CA, August 20, 2019 – VIZ Media announces GARDEN STORY, a new single-player social simulator and adventure RPG scheduled to launch in Spring 2020. GARDEN STORY is developed by Picogram, and co-published by Rose City Games, developers of VIZ Media's THE WORLD NEXT DOOR and CAT LADY games.


In GARDEN STORY, players take on the role of Concord, the newly appointed village guardian. There’s lots to keep this helpful adventurer busy; not only do your neighbors need assistance, but a mysterious Rot has also seeped into the foundations of the once flourishing island. Fortunately, Concord won’t be working at this alone. Help your friends with their struggles, and they’ll help you through yours. Balance caring for the environment, exploring new regions, and fostering new friendships as you solve puzzles and help restore the Grove to glory!


GARDEN STORY will be available for PC and MacOS X platforms. Catch the official teaser trailer at:


“GARDEN STORY is an exciting addition to VIZ’s growing game catalog,” says Brad Woods, Chief Marketing Officer, VIZ Media. “The game’s development furthers our position in the indie game space and builds upon our relationships with the talented indie studios and developers at Picogram and Rose City Games. No gardening experience is required!”


Developer and artist Picogram says, "I've always loved working with the talented people at Rose City Games, and I've been a big fan of VIZ Media's work since I was a kid. To say the least, the journey to this point has been nothing short of wild! Believe it!"


“We met Picogram a couple years back at one of our community events with Portland Indie Game Squad, and we love what they do,” says Corey Warning, co-founder of Rose City Games. “I’m so excited that we get to be a part of making GARDEN STORY happen - it’s really something special!”


Follow the development of the GARDEN STORY game on Twitter at @gardenstorygame. For more information, please visit, and wishlist the game on Steam.


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About Picogram

Picogram grew up in Hawaii, where they developed their first games in their Grandmother’s living room. After relocating to Portland, OR, they’ve worked on projects like ‘P.E. Noire’ and ‘Goodbye, Doggy’ with composer Grahm Nesbitt during local Portland Indie Game Squad game jams. Picogram loves great stories, and they strive to tell unique narratives in their works. Garden Story is the personal culmination of many other titles they’ve worked on, and teaming up with Rose City Games and VIZ Media to bring GARDEN STORY to life is undeniably a dream-come-true!


About Rose City Games

Rose City Games is an independent game studio based out of Portland, OR. Founded by indie game community organizers Will Lewis and Corey Warning in 2015, the studio recently released the award winning narrative puzzler, THE WORLD NEXT DOOR. Before shifting their focus on original games, they produced a game jam event for Cartoon Network, helped launch Headmaster for PlayStation VR, and activated the local development scene by organizing the Portland Indie Game Squad.


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About VIZ Media, LLC

Established in 1986, VIZ Media is the premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing. Along with its popular SHONEN JUMP brand and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, DRAGON BALL, SAILOR MOON, and POKÉMON, VIZ Media offers an extensive library of titles and original content in a wide variety of book and video formats, as well as through official licensed merchandise. Owned by three of Japan's largest publishing and entertainment companies, Shogakukan Inc., Shueisha Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is dedicated to bringing the best titles for English-speaking audiences worldwide.


Learn more about VIZ Media and its properties at