Remember Treasurenauts? Originally revealed way back in 2013, the game has been bubbling under at Atooi for years, and recently resurfaced via conformation that it would be coming to Switch.
Atooi boss Jools Watsham has given us another update now, and while it's short on groundbreaking announcements, it does reconfirm that Treasurenauts is his dream project and should be the most impressive game he's produced to date. When you think this is the man behind Mutant Mudds, Xeodrifter and Chicken Wiggle, that's a prospect to be excited about.
Here's what Watsham had to say about his magnum opus:
Treasurenauts is going to be fantastic. If there is one thing that I have learned from the recent releases is that nothing is as exciting as a new game. It can be a port of your favorite game, but it's still something you've already experienced. A new game!? That is full of potential and excitement.
Treasurenauts is something that I have worked on and off for many years now. I first revealed the game back in 2013, which was clearly too early. It has been a really fun project to revisit. Each game that I have worked on and even each game that I have played has contributed to what Treasurenauts is today. It is the amalgamation of everything that I have learned about platformers, and it is a game that is truly special to me.
The design of Treasurenauts is complete. I continue to tweak small details of the design here and there, but the bulk of what Treasurenauts is has been established. Now, we just need to finish all of the content and wrap it up. I have no doubt in my mind that it will be my most ambitious and best platformer that I've had the pleasure of working on. I am constantly surprised and thrilled that people are still out there asking about the game and demanding its release.
The reason the game has taken so long is because it is larger in scope than my other platformers, and as such can't be rushed. However, that also means that it is not earning money for Atooi. Therefore, other games must be developed and released in order to generate money to enable us to continue with development. This is why games like Xeodrifter, Mutant Mudds Super Challenge, Chicken Wiggle, and Soccer Slammers exist. They were each a delight to develop, and they all fit within a time period shorter than Treasurenauts, which made them great candidates to release and generate cash. Admittedly, Chicken Wiggle development totally went off the rails and ended up taking 16 months, but I am proud of the results.
Watsham also confirms that Treasurenauts will be at E3 this year, so we'll get a chance to see how it's shaping up. We can't wait, but let us know your opinion by posting a comment.
I want this. It intrigues my jaded platformer sensibilities.
Been on my radar the moment it was first revealed back in '13. Hopefully this will be worth the wait, which I think it will considering I enjoyed MM, Moon, Dementium and Xeodrifter.
Will duke Nukem be a playable character?
Totally forgot about this game, I'm interested in it though. Looked like a winner from what I saw.
So does this mean a 2018 release date, Jools? <3
Is always better to wait for a great game than get a broken/bad one quick. So take your time Atooi, if the game is good ppl will be there.
I sound like a broken record with my Jools related comments; much like every other Renegade Kid/Atooi game before it, I'm sure this will be a delight to play and can't wait for its release.
I've been waiting for this for years!
Well, there was a time when I forgot about it, but I'm still looking forward to it.
I liked Mutant Mudds and i adore Chicken Wiggle, so im definitely getting Treasurenauts.
I take the 3DS version is canned now
I am waiting for this and chicken wiggle.
@AG_Awesome Made me laugh out loud.
When a developer takes their time to polish a game, I applaud them. There are so many games to play on the Switch right now, so take all the time you need to get it right.
@lillith Yeah, I definitely agree actually. I’m really excited to see this one finished. Just made me think of that “dev hell” situation for Duke.
ok i am pissed it's going to the switch what about the 3ds release promised ugh not cool.
hmmm how bout Jools make an HD version of Dementium 1 and 2 for us on the Switch. or....I dunno...maybe they can reKickstart Cult County again!!!
@detectivedan Expecting Jools to put this on 3DS after how poorly Chicken Wiggle sold is not cool.
@JedRock Jools doesn't have the rights to Dementium. When Renegade Kid dissolved Jools took the 2D properties and founded Atooi, and his partner Greg took the 3D properties.
This will be fantastic!
3DS or SMD
IMO: Xeodrifter is pretty good, Mutant Mudds is good and Chicken Wiggle is good as well. I am almost certain Treasurenauts will be a great game (the best of them)! Day 1 if there is a physical release and Day 1 if there is only a digital release and the price is fair.
@JimmySpades aaaaahhh!! didnt know that. thanks 😀. still would love to see an HD console version, though.
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