Previously announced for PS4 and PC, tower defense and 2D platformer Aegis Defenders will be released on Nintendo Switch — and players won’t have to wait long.
IGN can exclusively confirm Aegis Defenders will debut on Feb. 8 on the Switch, PS4, and PC. Check out the Switch and release date announcement trailer below.
Aegis Defenders centers on a society where players control a team of Ruinhunters, who embark on a quest to save their village by finding a powerful weapon known as Aegis. The game is split into 2D exploration, tower building, and defense phases. The exploration phases consist in open areas players, either alone or with friends, can navigate, though a heavy emphasis is placed on the game’s narrative and characters.
“Making a game for a Nintendo platform has always been a big dream of mine,” Bryce Kho, director of Aegis Defenders GUTS Department told IGN via email as part of a larger discussion about the independent game scene on the Nintendo Switch. “From a developer’s perspective, it’s great to be on a new platform where there’s still an appetite for innovative games rather than only blockbusters.”
On the Switch, Aegis Defenders will feature split Joy-Con local multiplayer, allowing players to use a single Joy-Con as part of the drop-in at anytime cooperative play.
“The ability to just slide off one Joy-Con and play co-op anywhere takes it to another level,” Kho said.
Aegis Defenders first went into Kickstarter funding in 2014, and has since been taking feedback from players. This has resulted in tweaks to the game’s mechanics and story focus.
“One piece of fan feedback that ended up impacting the game a lot, was just how some fans were so curious about the game’s characters,” Kho said. “Taking a cue from the Persona series, we tried to address both groups by adding small branching dialogues within each conversation. It didn’t make the conversations that much longer but it gave the player more opportunities to get to know the characters or at least have fun picking stupid responses.”
Changes also incorporated a new Fusion System, which tasks players with combining items with other characters in the game, incentivizing players to more regularly swap between characters or encourage better co-op play.
For more on Switch, find out about another newly revealed indie title coming to the Nintendo Switch, Dead Cells. And be sure to read IGN’s in-depth look at the success of independent games on Switch.
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