Panic hosted a new video update for Playdate, a quirky new handheld device scheduled to be released later this year. Meanwhile, Panic announced new games and even a new accessory for the upcoming system.
Playdate is a new, artistic game handheld developed in collaboration with the Swedish design team Teenage Engineering. The quirky system comes with a built-in crank, although the use of this crank is completely optional, and not all games on the system will necessarily use it. But it’s there if you need it.
Playdate Stereo Dock
To join the system, Teenage Engineering and Panic worked on the first accessory called the Playdate Stereo Dock. The dock will both charge Playdate without having to connect it to a USB-C cable, and also works as a Bluetooth speaker. The combined system and dock look almost like a retro TV or radio.
Playdate is partnering with Poolsuite FM, an online radio station with curated Soundcloud playlists, to deliver music to the stereo for good times. The dock does not yet have a price or release window.
24 games announced
When it comes to games, Playdate will come up with a unique, seasonal approach to games where owners will receive two new games per week for 12 weeks. This will be considered a “season” of content.
Playdate announced today that it will increase the number of games in its first season from 12 to 24, and double the number of games in the first season. This includes 21 advertised games below from developers like Bennett Foddy, Chuhai Labs and more:
- Crankin’s Time Travel Adventures – Umbrella (Keita Takashashi, Ryan Mohler), Matthew Grimm and Shaun Inman
- Battleship Godios – TPM.Co Soft Works
- Boogie Loops – May-Li Khoe and Andy Matuschak
- Casual Birder – Diego Garcia. Music and sound by: Max Coburn:
- DemonQuest 85 – Alex Ashby, Lawrence Bishop, Duncan Fyfe, Belinda Leung and Jared Emerson-Johnson
- Echoic Memory – Samantha Kalman, Everst Pipkin, Carol Mertz and Rachelle Viola
- Executive Golf DX -davemakes
- Flipper Lifter – Serenity Forge
- Forrest Byrnes: Up in Smoke – Nels Anderson and Christina “castpixel” Neofotistou
- Hyper Meteor – Vertex Pop (Mobeen Fikree), Robby Duguay, and h heron
- Lost Your Marbles – Sweet Baby Inc. & Friends
- Omaze – Gregory Kogos
- Pick Pack Pup – Nic Magnier, Arthur Hamer. Music by: Logan Gabriel
- Questy Chess – Dadako
- Ratcheteer – Shaun Inman, Matthew Grimm and Charlie Davis
- Sasquatchers – Chuck Jordan. Music and sound by: jared emerson-johnson
- Snak – Zach Gage. Art by Neven Mrgan
- The spelling cork! – Jada Gibbs, Nick Splendorr, Ryan Splendorr and Tony Ghostbrite. Music by: A Shell in the Pit (Em Halberstadt)
- Zipper – Bennett Foddy
- Saturday Edition – Chris Markis. Music by A Shell in the Pit (Gord McGladdery, Alfonso Salinas)
- Whitewater Wipeout – Chuhai Labs (Giles Goddard), Mark Lentz, Peter Traylor, Hero Liao, Remy Thor, Charlie March, Kensaku Nakata, Zack Aikman, Mihoko Terao and Kinsey Burke
In addition, Playdate also announced other developers such as Return of the Obra Dinn and Papers Please’s Lucas Pope and another title by Xalavier Nelson jr.
Make your own games
Of course, beyond the seasonal content, developers and users will be able to create their own games for Playdate that can be loaded on the system. To help, Panic has created Pulp a full browser-based game development tool for coding, graphics and music, which can be used for custom games. Devs can eventually release and sell these games themselves for Playdate.
Pre-orders in July
While Panic has still not shared exactly when people will be able to pre-order Playdate, the company says pre-orders will at least start opening sometime in July. As announced last week, there was a small price increase of $ 30, which means that the system will now sell for $ 179. For $ 199, fans can get Playdate with a Playdate cover, or buy the cover separately for $ 29.
Those who order early should expect the first batch of Playdate systems to be shipped this year, although Panic says the COVID shortage will affect the offer somewhat.
IGN will have more coverage of Playdate as it gets closer to launch, so check back for more details hopefully in the near future.
Matt TM Kim is IGN’s news editor.