After the poor reception to the remake’s original release in November 2020, the publisher turned to Tower Five which has worked “for more than a year on a major update.” This has seen the developer rework the entire game – refining the art style, enhancing the enemy AI, reworking the HUD, revamping the sound design and adding online multiplayer for up to 13 players.
“We are fully aware and terribly sorry that the initial launch of XIII Remake on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC did not reach players’ expected quality standards. A bit more than a year ago we took the decision to hire the studio Tower Five to finish the development of the game,” explains Microids CEO Stéphane Longeard.
“Tower Five worked with us in the past, notably on the great port of Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders on Nintendo Switch. We really wanted to take the time to fix the game and offer owners of XIII Remake a free update paying the best possible tribute to the original game we all love.
“The Nintendo Switch version of the game will of course benefit from all the work done to improve the game as well as the multiplayer mode, which will mark the end of the game’s development. We can’t wait for players to put their hands on this improved version of the game and (re)discover the classic adventures of Agent XIII, as soon as it’s released after the Summer.”
The cult classic cel-shaded first-person shooter had released on PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube in 2003. Based on the first five volumes of the comic book series, you play as Thirteen – an expert soldier who has lost his memory but stands accused of murdering the President of the United States.
Waking up on Brighton Beach injured and amnesic, your only clue is a small key and a mysterious XIII tattoo next to your collarbone. In the 34-level solo campaign, you must now search for answers.
XIII will release at retail and digitally on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch worldwide on 13th September 2022.