Playdate, an upcoming handheld game console from Panic in the US, will be available for pre-order in July, and shipping is expected to begin later in the year. The device will offer two new games every week for the first season, but you won’t know what you’re getting until the games arrive. Panic originally planned to play one game a week, but recently announced that it had decided to double the number. So instead of 12 games, the first season will consist of 24 different games over 12 weeks. Panic also made a number of other announcements about Playdate’s first season.
Panic, the venerable Mac and iOS software company, has set the retro-style Playdate, which comes with a crank and a non-backlit black and white screen, at $ 179 (about Rs 13,060). It will contain the complete game line-up for the first season at no extra charge.
Panic originally announced the console for a debut next year in 2019. But the COVID-19 pandemic has ruined the company’s plans. The factories that were supposed to build the first Playdate units were closed due to local lockdown measures.
In October last year, Panic announced a rescheduled schedule that said orders would likely begin in 2021.
In the new video message, Panic announced an adorable stereo dock charging accessory for the gaming device that makes it look like an old television. The price of the dock has not yet been published. It also released the names of 21 of the 24 titles that will appear in season one. The games are automatically downloaded every week when the device is connected to a Wi-Fi network.
The games are exclusive to Playdate and many of them were developed by established developers – like Lucas Pope.
My next project is a little game for Playdate called “Mars After Midnight”
Devlog: https://t.co/GtDmgxtUW3 pic.twitter.com/hQn26E4gWC
– Lucas Pope (@dukope) June 8, 2021
The award-winning independent developer who created Papers, Please, and Return of the Obra Dinn also made a brief appearance in Panic’s recent video message.
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