Double Damage Games has confirmed that its space Western Rebel Galaxy Outlaw is finally coming to Switch (and other consoles and Steam) later this month following its release on the Epic Games Store back in August 2019.
The console version of the game, a cockpit-focused prequel to Rebel Galaxy, was originally scheduled for an earlier release before the events of 2020 conspired to delay the game. Happily, a blog post from the team has confirmed that the game will finally be touching down on Switch on 22nd September 2020.
The team has kept fans up to date via its website and addressed the effect the pandemic has had on development, but it seems things are finally on track:
We know things have been a little quiet and it’s frustrating when we have to go silent like that — there’s been a lot brewing behind the scenes to get these titles launched both in terms of the normal procedures and just crazy things happening in our personal lives (mostly good we promise!) Perhaps someday we’ll do a project post-mortem on the vagaries of launching a game during a global pandemic?
The original game was released for PC and consoles back in 2015/16 and this prequel currently holds a 77 Metascore, so if you're a fan of fun, sim-like space shooters, this should definitely be worth keeping in your sights. The game pages apparently won't go live on consoles until much closer to release, but the team says it'll cost $30 / 30€ or your regional equivalent.
Still wondering if this game is for you? Check out the Switch gameplay footage below and read the following info from Double Damage's FAQ page, which should give you a good idea of the tone Rebel Galaxy Outlaw shoots for:
Q: Why should I play your game?
A: If you don't think Spaceships, Biker Gangs, Decaying Blue-Collar Americana, Machine Guns and a complete disregard for accurate space physics go together, then there's probably not a good reason.
Looking forward to jumping in a cockpit with Rebel Galaxy Outlaw? Played this or the original on another platform? Let us know below.
[source rebel-galaxy.com, via nintendowire.com]
Oh, Epic is letting us have it now.
As far as I'm concerned, it was REALLY released on PC since it was exclusive to Epic until now.
That feels kinda like saying Nintendo released a game to consoles when it's on on the Switch.
Rebel Galaxy might be the best space-themed game on Switch once it launches. Although games like Everspace, Warframe, and Starlink are good as well. And I believe a post-digital-launch physical release is already set in stone.
It certainly looks the part and going by reviews, it seems to be pretty good. One for the wishlist.
Cowboy Bebop's intro is the only thing I hear when I watch the trailer
I dabbled with it when it was a PS+ game years ago. Seems like a pretty good game, although I was busy with Elite Dangerous so I didn't give it much of my time.
Yeh, I’m so down for this. Been waiting a while, but I’m there day one. Looks phenomenal from such a small team.
Looks pretty cool. Very Star Wars Squadron-esque. I’ll have to keep an eye on this since I doubt Switch is getting the new SW game.
Wow why am i reading about this game for the first time?????? This looks amazing, gives me a rogue squadron type feeling.
This game is a day one buy from me.
@Magician You realise this is the new Rebel Galaxy game right - Rebel Galaxy Outlaw?
Yes yes, Outlaw is the prequel to the previous game. I doubt the gameplay loop will be any different from the last game. So your point is...?
I'm really interested, although I did just get into Elite Dangerous recently. I think I'll be on the lookout for reviews before buying it, but I can't see anything that would keep me from getting it.
Looks cool. Honestly surprised there aren't many more games like this. Fondly remember playing Elite aaaaaaall those years ago.
Now that I have Cowboy Bebop out of my system (I don't), I can actually comment on the game, which looks incredible! Is that really Switch gameplay?! Day one buy. I also have been waiting for a Rogue Squadron / Ace Combat sort of game on Switch that wasn't named Everspace.
This smaller team needs to team up with Nintendo to make a Star Fox X Rogue Squadron game.
@Magician You're no longer in charge of frigates and stuff. You're in a fighter, and it's all about dogfighting. Not the naval style of the first. It's also on a full 3d plane this time. Not just combat on a 2d plane. Oh, and theres an actual story. So quite a bit different, which probably was their point.
Sounds like nice additions. Pretty cool.
@Magician The first game in the series is capital ship based versus Outlaws’ in-the-cockpit dogfight focus. The gameplay is actually quite different to the original.
@PhilKenSebben You beat me to it, and explained it much better. Quite keen for this to drop.
Have this on my Mac/Bootcamp and I love the art style (and the whole game), but rebooting into Windows is pain— so I need it for Switch (perfect for short sessions). I was stalking their Discord for some time to be there when they announce the release. And now 3 weeks of darkness.
Oh man, I would LOVE a Rebel Galaxy port on Switch! Loved that game, many hours.
Oh wow this looks really good. I really enjoyed Everspace and this seems to kind of fill in some things felt were missing from that.
I like that we're getting a bunch of space fighter games towards the end of this year. I'll probably be picking this up along with Chorus and Star Wars Squadrons on Xbox Series X. Hopefully Nintendo will jump on the train with an amazing new Star Fox game.
There's a reason why the original Star Wars did so well - it took American Graffiti, John Wayne, Akira Kurosawa, Thomas Mallory, William Shakespeare, and Flash Gordon/Buck Rogers and smashed them into beautiful symphony of science fantasy.
This looks to be an extension of that used galaxy lone knight/samurai/ranger feel, and that's a really good thing.
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