Sumo shows early version of Snake Pass, talks about developing the Switch version
Posted on 1 week ago by Brian(@NE_Brian) in News, Switch eShop | 0 comments | 0 Likes
Snake Pass is a significant game on Switch having been the first Unreal Engine 4 title on the platform. On the whole, it stacks up quite well against other versions. Technical director Pete Harrap posted a blog this week that not only offers insight into getting Snake Pass up and running on Switch, but also looks back on overall cross-platform development.
The image attached above is a “super early” look at Snake Pass during an internal game jam. Ultimately, the company decided to move forward with the project after selecting it out of a number of different pitches.
Harrap’s post later goes into Switch development specifically. Here’s what Snake Pass looked like on the system after just two days:
Sumo Digital shares stats about Snake Pass’ first month, planning updates and potentially new content
Posted on 3 weeks ago by Brian(@NE_Brian) in News, Switch eShop | 5 Comments | 0 Likes
Snake Pass has been out for around a month. With that in mind, Sumo Digital prepared a special infographic containing various stats. You can view that below.
In other Snake Pass news, Snake Pass will be supported with patches that range from “quality of life changes, right through to exploring other possible avenues of getting Snake Pass into YOUR hands.” Sumo Digital also teased new content once again: “Oh, and there may or may not be additional content being explored too…Not that we can confirm or deny that either way.”
Sumo Digital will have more news about Snake Pass soon, including details about the game’s next update.
Snake Pass creator is interested in making DLC
Posted on 1 month ago by Fernando in News, Switch eShop | 1 Comment | 0 Likes
Nintendo UK has posted on their site an interesting interview with Snake Pass creator, Seb Liese.
One of the most important tidbits that we could extract is that developer Sumo Digital still has a lot of funny ideas that couldn’t be implemented in the final game, so the potential for downloadable content or even a sequel is there.
But Seb Liese notes that they would have to make sure that players have already mastered controlling the snake Noodle before implementing new and creative challenges:
“There’s so many crazy things that Noodle could still do, if only we were sure that people have the skills. So if and when we go DLC, you’ll get some really cool things that we know he can do.”
The full interview is available at Nintendo UK’s website. Check it out if you want to learn more about Snake Pass.
Sumo Digital details the process of getting Snake Pass up and running on Switch
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Snake Pass is an important release on Switch in the sense that it’s one of the first Unreal Engine 4 games on the platform. The development period is really fascinating, as Sumo Digital had the game ready in just a few months. As part of a feature on GamesIndustry, the team went in-depth about how it was brought over so quickly.
Sumo was invited by Nintendo to get a look at Switch last December. Teams were sent to both Nintendo of Europe in Frankfurt and Nintendo of America in Redmond. Sumo was happy with what they saw, and received dev kits five days after they were ordered.
Snake Pass developer Sumo Digital on a physical version, Time Trial mode, sequel, more
Posted on 1 month ago by Matt(@OnePunchMaz) in News, Switch eShop | 1 Comment | 0 Likes
Snake Pass developer Sumo Digital recently held an AmA on the Nintendo Switch Subreddit and answered quite a few questions. You can check out the full AmA here; we’ve highlighted some of the most interesting answers below:
On the possibility of a physical version:
We’re exploring our options.
On the lack of Time Trial mode in the Switch version:
It was a tough call to make considering how we wanted to ensure we were able to launch the Switch version with all the other platforms day and date on top of how much time we had to work on the Switch to begin with. Needless to say, we are getting Time Trials in a future patch.
On the possibility of a sequel:
Another look at the technical side of Snake Pass on Switch following recent update
Posted on 1 month ago by Brian(@NE_Brian) in Switch eShop, Videos | 1 Comment | 0 Likes
Digital Foundry published a second technical analysis for Snake Pass today. This time around, it’s been updated for game’s recent patch.
The patch adds in depth-of-field for cut-scenes when playing in portable mode while shadow maps have been improved. And as previously mentioned, all rumble issues have been fixed. However, frame pacing is still a problem.
Here’s the full analysis:
[Review] Snake Pass
Posted on 1 month ago by Jakob Vujovic(@jakovujo) in Reviews, Switch eShop | 15 Comments | 0 Likes
System: Switch (eShop)
Release date: March 28, 2017
Developer: Sumo Digital
Publisher Sumo Digital
There are a lot of short tips that cycle through the brief loading screens of Snake Pass. The most helpful was perhaps the most obvious: “Remember, think like a snake.” I wouldn’t be entirely satisfied categorizing this as a physics-based puzzle game. Calling it a platformer is closer, but you can’t jump. Stick this game into any established category and you’ll find that its slithery nature slips right back out. Snake Pass is, mechanically speaking, a sort of deconstruction of the 3D platformer. It’s not quite like anything I’ve ever played.
Time Trials missing from Snake Pass on Switch, but will be patched in
Posted on 1 month ago by Brian(@NE_Brian) in News, Switch eShop | 10 Comments | 0 Likes
Snake Pass is supposed to come with Time Trials after finishing the main game. This is an option in almost all versions, but it’s apparently missing on Switch. A prompt should appear when selecting a level, giving players the ability to choose between normal play and the new Time Trials. However, it simply doesn’t show.
Fortunately, Sumo Digital has confirmed that Snake Pass on Switch will be receiving Time Trials at some point in the future. Design lead Brad Davey confirmed via NeoGAF:
“I thought I’d out myself to pass on some good news; I can confirm that we’re working on getting Time Trials patched in to the Switch version of the game. I can’t tell you exactly when this is going to happen, it’s not quite as simple as flicking a switch, there is some work on our end involved on getting this up and running. As soon as I have more news I’ll be sure to pass it on.”
Snake Pass has updated to version 1.1
Posted on 1 month ago by Fernando in News, Switch eShop | 0 comments | 0 Likes
After experimenting some problems with the HD Rumble, Snake Pass has been updated on Switch to version 1.1. This patch should fix the loud rumble issue that we reported before. We’re also hearing that the visuals may have been improved, but we can’t verify that just yet.
Another Snake Pass Switch vs. PS4 comparison + frame rate test
Posted on 1 month ago by Brian(@NE_Brian) in Switch eShop, Videos | 35 Comments | 0 Likes
Following up on the Snake Pass Switch vs. PS4 comparison posted last night, the folks over at Digital Foundry have come out with their own analysis of the two versions. Switch manages to stack up pretty well on the whole.
On Switch, a few graphical effects are missing and the game runs at a native 1200×675 resolution while docked (in comparison to the PS4’s 1536×864). Both versions are locked at 30 FPS. Unfortunately, the Switch release has some frame-pacing issues, but it’s nothing overly major and could be addressed in a future patch.
Here’s the full analysis from Digital Foundry: