XSeed Games seems to be moving in the right direction with publishing games. Their latest announcement is that they’ll be working with GalaxyTrail to publish Freedom Planet on the Nintendo Switch for a fall release.
Gematsu is reporting that the side-scrolling platformer will be available as a digital download on the Nintendo eShop this fall. It’s a little odd that a publisher stepped in to publish the game on the Switch without going the extra step of making a physical rendition, but I guess Switch owners will likely be happy about Freedom Planet being on the Switch regardless of the format.
According to Gematsu, the game will be playable on Nintendo’s platform for the first time starting at E3 this year between June 12th and June 14th.
If you haven’t seen the game in action, you can check out the gameplay trailer below.
Personally? I loved this game. It was a great throwback to the kind of 16-bit platforming action that helped define the 16-bit wars between Sega and Nintendo. It’s also one of the best non-Sonic games we’ve had in a long time just up until Pagodawest Games and Sega released Sonic Mania.
The game itself features several playable characters, each with their own abilities and play-styles. You can also choose to play through the game as a story mode or in arcade mode. The voice acting and storyline are quite cringe-worthy, but it doesn’t make the game unplayable.
The soundtrack is on point, there’s just the right amount of challenge, and the hand-drawn sprite work and backdrops are all fantastically done.
I’m also really looking forward to Freedom Planet 2, which is also currently in development for PC and home consoles.