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A Hat in Time

Gears for Breakfast has shared the first screenshots of A Hat in Time on Switch. Find the images in the gallery below.

No word yet on when A Hat in Time’s Switch development will be complete. Gears for Breakfast only says it’s “coming soon”.

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We recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Jonas Kaerlev from Gears for Breakfast, the studio behind A Hat in Time. We had a terrific discussion about where it all started, the Switch port, the studio’s next game, and more. You can listen to the full 30-minute interview below or feel free to read the shortened transcribed version.

A Hat in Time coming to Switch

Posted on 3 months ago by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch | 0 comments | 0 Likes

A Hat in Time is coming to Switch, Gears for Breakfast has announced. The news was just shared during a presentation on Twitch, which also revealed new DLC and splitscreen co-op.

Many fans have been requesting a Switch version of A Hat in Time since its release last year. The acclaimed platformer will fit right at home on Nintendo’s console.

The Switch is getting a lot of love from third-party developers both big and small, with tons of games getting Switch versions. However, it seems like A Hat in Time won’t be one of them. A week ago on Twitter, the game’s official Twitter account responded to a fan asking about a possible Switch version with a very definite sounding “A Hat in Time is not coming to the Switch.”.

While it was never officially announced or hinted at, a Switch version of the game never really seemed impossible. Back in September, developed Gears for Breakfast obtained Switch development kits. Several years ago, when the game was still in development after its successful Kickstarter campaign, there was also talk of a possible Wii U version, though that subject has since been quietly dropped.

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Gears for Breakfast indicated in May that the indie developer was having issues obtaining Switch development hardware. That situation has now been rectified.

The good news is that both Gears for Breakfast and publisher Humble have access to Switch devkits. The bad news is that, for the time being, no official announcement has been made about a release on Nintendo’s console.

We have the following update from Gears for Breakfast:

Hey everyone, thank you so much for your continued support for A Hat in Time!! A while ago, we asked our fans to make sure to let everyone know how much you care for the game, and you really have! Humble and Gears now have access to Nintendo Switch devkits. Unfortunately we won’t have time to touch the devkits for a while now that we’re SO close to release (October 5th). Additionally, we’d like to remind everyone that there are NO PLANS for additional releases until we make any kind of official announcement.

If we had to guess, A Hat in Time will likely appear on Switch in the future. It just might take some time for that to happen.

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After several years of development, A Hat in Time is finally starting to wrap up. Gears for Breakfast announced a release window of Fall 2017 for the 3D platformer just a few days ago.

Over on Twitter, the developer has expressed interest in making a Switch version happen. There’s just one issue: Nintendo of America isn’t responding to the team’s inquiries.

The official Twitter page for A Hat in Time posted a few hours ago:


A Hat in Time seems like the type of game that would be a great fit on Switch. Hopefully Gears for Breakfast will find a way to make it happen, and hopefully Nintendo will eventually respond. Showing your support certainly couldn’t hurt.

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A Hat in Time has long been speculated as a potential game for the Wii U eShop. While Gears for Breakfast has now started work on a console port, the developer is encountering various issues.

All problems are technical related, as A Hat in Time is suffering from elements like a low frame rate and incorrect rendering of geometry. The game is built in Unreal Engine 3 and this is supported on consoles, but the engine hasn’t been updated for quite some time and Gears for Breakfast has needed to apply “some major fixes to even get it running in the first place.”

Gears for Breakfast isn’t dropping the idea of bringing A Hat in Time to consoles, and work will continue on a potential port. There are various options being considered, such as hiring more people/an external team to port the title.

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I’m still holding out for an official confirmation about A Hat in Time on Wii U. It has to happen!