Blowfish Studios and developer Drakkar Dev have announced that Blackwind is aiming to launch on Switch and other platforms in Q4 2021.

The game is a sci-fi action-platformer that puts players in the shoes of James Hawkins, an "unlikely" hero and the only hope for the planet of Medusa-42. The planet is under attack from an alien horde and – you guessed it – it's up to you to head out onto the frontlines to push back against the alien threat, making use of your ship's handy AI system, Blackwind.

As a human mining colony on the planet Medusa-42 combats an invasion by fearsome aliens known as the Raknos, an unlikely pair of heroes rise to action. James Hawkins, a teen with no formal training, finds himself in a Battle Frame mecha suit. Determined to push back the Raknos, save the colony, and find his father, James — and Blackwind, the Battle Frame’s sentient AI — are thrown into a battle unlike anything Medusa-42 has seen before.

Suit up and charge into the fray, utilizing melee strikes, ranged fire, and powerful special attacks to cut through the alien insectoids. Grow Hawkins from a rookie to a seasoned warrior, upgrading the Battle Frame’s skills across three branching paths. Turn the suit into a death machine by performing energy blade slashes before dashing away from danger and launching missiles at incoming enemies, or use special powers to finish off any stragglers. Launch your trusty drone to access areas much too small for the Battle Frame’s imposing frame to reach.

You'll be progressing through a number of locations, including a desert, snowy mountains, forests and more, and can do so either alone or with a friend in local co-op. If you go for the co-op route, one player controls the mecha suit, while the other attacks using its drone.

When it does arrive later this year, it'll be available on the eShop for $19.99. Interested? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.