Panic is making a new handheld gaming device called Playdate that will include a slow release of new games.
In a market dominated by Nintendo and smartphones it is a brave company that launches a new handheld gaming device with its own development platform.
The company has kept its plans completely under wraps before its launch with no leaks of the new product beforehand. They have published their own games, like Firewatch and, soon, Untitled Goose Game.
The Playdate is reminiscent of old Nintendo Gameboy devices but with modern twists. To start it is bright yellow with a black and white screen. The 2.7-inch, 400×240 screen has no backlight and is LCD without colour filters.
It does not use removable media like cartridges but downloads games over its wireless connection.
12 exclusive games will be included with the Playdate created by well known developers like Keita Takahashi (Katamari Damacy), Bennett Foddy (Getting Over It) and Zach Gage (Ridiculous Fishing).
The games will appear one at a time, one each week with the first being Crankin’s Time Travel Adventure, from Takahashi. That brings us to the controls; it includes a d-pad and buttons but also has a hand crank on the side.
It will cost USD $149 including all twelve games in Season One and will ship in early 2020.