GAME DETAILS Rayman, named platformer of the year and winner of multiple artistic and musical achievements, is coming to the Nintendo Switch with Rayman® Legends: Definitive Edition. This edition contains the acclaimed game Rayman® Legends – 92 metacritic on Wii U – as well as new exclusive content. Michel Ancel, celebrated creator of Rayman®, Beyond Good & Evil® and the Raving Rabbids® is bringing his innovative creativity to this new and exciting platform. It will make full use of the power of the Switch and its new controllers.
Runner3 is the upcoming (and perhaps unsurprisingly) third entry in the BIT.TRIP RUNNER series. We’re committed to making it the best game we’ve ever made, and we want you to hold us to it. You can follow the game’s development over on our devlog, where we encourage you to chat with us in the comments section of our weekly updates.
Away: Journey to the Unexpected [official site] looks like a cartoon come to life, in a way that reminds me of Rayman and his Oranges. It was no surprise to see that one member of the two-person team working on Away was a level designer on the Rayman franchise. The art and code is the work of Aurélien Regard, who you may know as the creator of The Next Penelope.
The game was first announced in January 2017 as part of Nintendo’s detailed reveal of its Nintendo Switch video game console. A gameplay trailer was released on the same day. Similar to the original Xenoblade, the title was announced as Xenoblade 2 in Japan, but had Chronicles added to its name in English speaking regions. Xeno series creator Tetsuya Takahashi will return as executive director. The character designs are being done by Masatsugu Saito, who is giving characters a more chibi anime art style than prior Xenoblade entries, which focused more on realistic human proportions.
Fire Emblem Warriors, the upcoming Switch hack-and-slash game from Koei Tecmo, is also coming to Nintendo 3DS.
World to the West is an action adventure game developed by Rain Games. It builds upon the universe of indie hit Teslagrad, which has been played by over 1.6 million people so far. World to the West is a standalone followup of indie hit Teslagrad. A 3D top-down action adventure with a pulpy, cartoony art style, inspired by European adventure comics. Take control of four unique characters, each with their own motivations, skills and interweaving storylines, as they seek to escape the dark shadow of an ancient prophecy. Travel trough corrupt colonies, lush jungles and frozen tundras, as you snoop through the secrets of a forgotten civilization. Be careful though. Nothing is ever what it seems. Will you join us in this journey to the West? Play as four heroes, each hailing from individual nations and possessing unique identities and abilities. Explore a vibrant world filled with characters who have their own helpful and not-so-helpful agendas. Face your enemies head-on with brute force, convince them to see things your way or avoid them altogether. It’s your call! Uncover secrets, more secrets and secrets inside secrets! Exploration is key to unveiling World to the West’s mysteries. Set in the Teslagrad universe: a standalone followup where you’ll encounter both new and familiar faces.
The game carries on the style of gameplay from Rayman Origins in which up to four players (depending on the format) simultaneously make their way through various levels. Lums can be collected by touching them, defeating enemies, or freeing captured Teensies. Collecting Teensies unlocks new worlds, which can be played in any order once they are available. Along with Rayman, Globox, and the Teensies returning as playable characters, players can now control new female character Barbara and her sisters, once they are rescued from certain stages.
The rhythm-music gameplay established in BIT.TRIP RUNNER and Runner2 remains firmly intact, but players can still expect a variety of new additions to the series, including:
Away: Journey to the Unexpected is the new game from Arkedo co-founder and The Next Penelope creator Aurelien Regard, and it looks like a total aesthetic trip. The environments are 3D, but the characters and enemies are expressively animated in 2D. It’s best seen in motion. For now, there’s this teaser trailer at GameSpot with an anime-as-hell opener and a touch of gameplay footage.
Acting as a sequel to the Nintendo Wii original, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will once again feature a dynamic open world filled with quests, monsters and secrets to discover. Coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch, the sequel adopts a chibi, anime-inspired art style to emphasise the size and scale of the environment. Little else is known about XC2 so far, but there is plenty we can’t wait to see.