XIII remake finally coming to Switch in September, first gameplay
Microids has provided an update on the Switch version of the XIII remake, revealing that it will launch on September 13, 2022.
The game originally launched in 2020. Microids delayed the Switch version to 2021 just before launch, but it would later quietly slipped into 2022.
XIII was not well-received upon release, but the good news is that the Switch version will arrive in a much-improved state. Microids brought in French studio Tower Five (Lornsword: Winter Chronicle) to work on an update for over a year. Aside from fixing the game and making adjustments, online multiplayer has been added. Microids says Tower Five “reworked the entire game from the Art Direction to the AI and added numerous technical improvements.”
Microids CEO Stéphane Longeard said in a statement:
“We are fully aware and terribly sorry that the initial launch of XIII remake on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC did not reach players’ expected quality standards. A bit more than a year ago we took the decision to hire the studio Tower Five to finish the development of the game. Tower Five worked with us in the past, notably on the great port of Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders on Nintendo Switch. We really wanted to take the time to fix the game and offer owners of XIII remake a free update paying the best possible tribute to the original game we all love. The Nintendo Switch version of the game will of course benefit from all the work done to improve the game as well as the multiplayer mode, which will mark the end of the game’s development. We can’t wait for players to put their hands on this improved version of the game and (re)discover the classic adventures of Agent XIII, as soon as it’s released after the summer.”
The first gameplay video for the XIII remake on Switch can be found below.
XIII originally released in 2003. It’s a cel-shaded first-person shooter that serves as an adaptation of the five first volumes of the Belgian graphic novel of the same name by artist William Vance and writer Jean Van Hamme.
Source: Microids PR