They haven’t forgotten about us! In a somewhat-lengthy blog post on their website, game developer and publisher Chucklefish gave status updates on various titles, including three games slated to release on Nintendo Switch: Stardew Valley, Pocket Rumble, and Wargroove.
The updates for these titles are as follows:
“I know you’re all waiting for Stardew Valley on the Switch! I see your tweets! The port is in testing now, and we’ll let you know as soon as we can confidently announce a release date. We generally don’t announce release dates until quite close to launch, when we are at least 95% certain that nothing will go terribly terribly wrong.
We’re still working on multiplayer, and recently posted a status update on the Stardew Valley dev blog! TL;DR – We’re hoping to start a beta test on Steam at the end of this year, then looking at early 2018 for a release on Windows, Mac and Linux, and then the update will roll out to consoles as well. Read the post for more info about what Stardew Valley multiplayer will actually look like.”
“Sooo, we said that Pocket Rumble would be out in March, and then in spring, and we’re quickly closing in on the end of summer, and Pocket Rumble is still not out. We’re really sorry about that.
We demo’d the game with Cardboard Robot at EGX Rezzed earlier this year and it went over really well, and was even playing quite well on the Switch! We all felt confident at the time that the game would be ready for submissions soon, but then ran into some issues that have taken a while to sort out. The number one priority for both Chucklefish and Cardboard Robot is ensuring that Pocket Rumble has a great release and that all gameplay modes perform well on Switch — performance issues are of particular importance, since it’s a fighting game!
We’re still working with the team to address some of these problems so, again, I don’t want to give you a release date until we’re absolutely sure, but I think we’ll have good news for you soon.”
“Since we announced Wargroove, the reception has been so positive and encouraging! The game won’t be out until next year, but in the meantime we’re posting development updates on the blog and doing the occasional gameplay stream. We’ve been posting about balancing units, biomes, and commanders!
Also, join the Wargroove Discord server!”
It’s great to finally get some news on these titles, especially for me on Pocket Rumble, which missed its original release window and subsequently went dark update-wise. I’m especially glad to get a formal apology, as many have been reaching out to Chucklefish and Cardboard Robot Games for word on the game with absolutely no response. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad to have gotten updates on the other games as well, but Pocket Rumble has been a personal favorite of mine since its debut in the Nindies Showcase trailer before the Switch’s launch.
Also mentioned in the blog post was that the team at Chucklefish has recently moved into a new office space, so congrats to them on the upgrade!