Save Me Mr Tako, a Game Boy-style platformer about a useful squid, returns to store fronts in May after being removed from the list following the developer’s separation from publisher Nicalis. In a Patreon post, developer Christophe Galati announced that Save Me Mr Tako would get a final release digitally on Steam and Nintendo Switch on May 5, 2021. Galati will self-release his game on PC via Steam, while Limited Run Games handles the console version.
Save Me Mr Tako is a tribute to the Game Boy era, and has a pacifist octopus named Tako with the ability to thrive on land as well as in the water, which travels the world and mediates conflict between humans and squid.
The new Definitive Edition includes a number of updates, including many quality of life, technical and balance changes, as well as a hint system, three difficulty modes, a jukebox, new edge images and a new English localization.
Save Me Mr Tako was originally launched in October 201
8, but was removed from all digital store fronts two years later after Galati parted ways with the original publisher Nicalis. At that time, no specific reason was given for their separation. However, Galati had previously alluded to problems releasing game updates through Nicalis, indicating that Nicalis had full control over whether or not problems with the game were resolved. Nicalis president Tyrone Rodriguez responded on Twitter at the time that Save Me Mr Tako “did not yet return what we put in it” and could not justify the resources of the QA tag. A Kotaku report from about the same time indicated that Galati was not the only indie developer with this or similar issues.
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