Super Smash Bros. can feel pretty unique, but it does inspire its fair share of projects that adopt a similar approach to party-friendly brawling. We've seen various games adopt the platform fighter style, and now one of those titles is targeting the Switch this year.
In this case it's Brawlout, which is currently in early access on Steam and is now confirmed to be targeting the Switch eShop for later this year. This was confirmed in a trailer confirming the protagonist of Hyper Light Drifter as the latest character.
The following details are from its Steam page.
Combined with familiar movement techniques like wavedashing and airdodging, Brawlout adds some extra mechanics seen in other fighting games. The Rage Meter builds up as you both deal and take damage, allowing you either break combos with the Rage Burst or unleash hell with the Rage Mode. The Rage Burst pushes opponents back, breaking their combos and allowing players to create some breathing room at the cost of half their Rage Meter. If the meter fills, you can activate the Rage Mode, increasing the knockback you deal while reducing the amount you take.
As for modes, Brawlout has all you’d expect from a normal platform fighter and then some. Up to four players can compete in local multiplayer in either timed, stock or team battles. AI opponents are also available if you want to practice your team combos with a friend, or if you need to fill out a free for all.
Brawlout’s online suite is suitably robust, with all of the following features:
- A robust Ranked match system, complete with regional leaderboards
- 1v1 casual matches for low-stress competition
- 2-4 player private lobbies where players can practice or mess about to their heart’s content
- The Brawlout Network where players can check their fight stats, match history and replays
- Brawlout TV which allows for live spectating and watching of specific player replays
- Weekly competitive tournaments for those looking to prove their Brawlout skills
It looks promising, though naturally pacing and balancing will be the biggest areas for developers Angry Mob Games to get right; we'll see how it turns out.
Are you excited to see a game like this get confirmed for Switch?
With thanks to SLIGEACH_EIRE for the heads up.