Earlier this month, Thunderful CEO Brjann Sigurgeirsson confirmed Image & Form's new game - The Gunk, wouldn't be coming to the Switch, as it's exclusive to Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Windows PC and Game Pass.
If you were still hopeful it might one day arrive on the hybrid system (considering the developer's ties with Nintendo platforms), it really won't be happening. In a recent interview with our sister site Pure Xbox, the game's director, Ulf Hartelius, doubled-down on Sigurgeirsson's previous comments - stating how it would be "permanently exclusive" to Microsoft's platforms.
Since making this game is such a big step for us we knew we wanted to find a strong partner and Microsoft had been excited about it since our earliest conversations. And yes, it will be permanently exclusive for Windows 10 and the Xbox consoles. The gunk itself is using an advanced rendering technique that should benefit a lot from the added power of the Series X. It will also be a lot easier to get the game world as lush and vibrant as we’re aiming for.
This is a one-time exclusive deal and the team has already reassured Nintendo fans it will continue making SteamWorld games for the Switch - as previously stated by Sigurgeirsson:
SteamWorld is indeed closely associated with Nintendo. And we certainly haven’t made our last SteamWorld game. Nintendo Switch (and future Nintendo consoles) are natural parts of those plans.
To read more about The Gunk, view the full interview on Pure Xbox. Were you hoping to see this particular game on Switch? Are you relieved to hear SteamWorld will still be associated with Nintendo platforms moving forward? Tell us below.