The Unlikely Legend of Rusty Pup was once destined for Wii U, but, with interest and anticipation swirling around Nintendo Switch, Gory Detail has revealed that development on the puzzle-platformer has shifted to the new console.
The developer is excited to bring the game to the console early on and, while a Nintendo 3DS version remains on the cards, they will look to make the most out of what differentiates the experience on Nintendo Switch once they have a development kit.
“The Switch is great for us, a nice new platform to take advantage of early on in its cycle,” Chris Seavor enthused to Nintendo Life. “The system itself I think is a brilliant little device, and quite bold in what it’s trying to do, bridging the gap between home and portable entertainment in one system. Although by all accounts this doesn’t mean 3DS is being side-lined, quite the contrary.
“It’s great for us for a number of reasons; the buzz of a new console, the lack of software initially where we can slot nicely into – we always were a good fit for the Nintendo demographic (E-rated Puzzle Platformer) – plus our core mechanic translates seamlessly onto the hardware. It must be noted I don’t have one yet, nor have I played with it, so it remains to be seen what nuances and hidden value the system has in terms of design; I look forward to having a good ‘tinker’ but as a whole, the features seem very solid and sensible.
“The price I can see being a bit off-putting at first, but that’ll come down, although first party game prices are probably a tad high. Even so, I imagine most retailers will discount. Obviously, Rusty Pup will fall into the more £12 to £15 digital-only price range so that doesn’t affect us.”
With development expected to wrap up on the PC version later this year, it will be at that point when Gory Detail will look at redirecting their attention toward other platforms.
Seavor adds: “We’re looking to have everything done on the PC side by September or so, the Nintendo Switch side of things depends on when dev kits become available. As you can imagine there’s a lot of people wanting them and I can’t imagine little indies like us are too high on the list. We’ll see.”
With Wii U’s life waning, Seavor confirmed that there were no longer any plans to release The Unlikely Legend Of Rusty Pup on the console. Instead, they will work toward a Nintendo Switch release as well as Nintendo 3DS when possible.
“I’d pretty much back-burned the Wii U in terms of dev for a while now because of the cost to develop on something that was increasingly seen as a dead end system,” he mused. “Along comes the Switch, hopefully reinvigorating Nintendo’s home console market. It all dovetails nicely. Switch is pretty much a defo, just not sure when. 3DS is dependent on resources and time issues but currently a yes. Wii U, nah.”
The Unlikely Legend Of Rusty Pup will release on Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS.