The Battletoads end their 26 year hiatus, returning to action this August.
Back at Xbox’s E3 conference in 2018, the world was taken aback by the announcement of a new Battletoads game. The reboot, which came as a complete surprise, is being handled by British indie developers Dlala Studios and Rare. The video was met by rapturous applause from the crowd, who have been starved of a new entry into the franchise since the early ’90s.
In the original E3 announcement, the game was tentatively scheduled for 2019 however that year came and went without so much as a rumbling of a release date. While it got a second showing at E3 in 2019, including the first look at gameplay, the release date was left out. That all changed today, as Rare and Microsoft confirmed on Twitter (after a day or so of teasing us) that the game would be releasing on August 20 on Xbox Game Pass, Windows 10 and Steam.
The tweet was accompanied by a release trailer which showed off plenty of new footage.
In the footage we got to see plenty of “genre-busting” action that includes “new vehicle sections and even some puzzle-solving this time around!” The game takes the parts of the franchise that made it iconic and modernises them for this generation of gaming, including an interesting hand-animated art style inspired Saturday morning cartoons.
Back at E3 last year, we got to go hands-on with the new Battletoads and our previewer enjoyed it a lot, saying “Dlala Studios seems to have honed in on many problems modern beat ’em ups have faced in the past and addressed them in productive ways.” It was also confirmed Dlala Studios CEO AJ Grand-Scrutton in that demo, that while the game would be retaining a high level of difficulty in homage to the original game, that the new game would only have lives on the hardest difficulty, opting instead for a simpler checkpoint system.
Alongside getting stuck into Battletoads, Essex based Dlala Studios are working on a brand new IP, Nothing to Fear. That game is likely some ways off though due to the indie studio’s work on Battletoads.
Battletoads will be released on August 20 and Xbox Game Pass members can pre-install the game on Console or PC starting today.