Freedom Planet made quite an impact back in 2014, then gracing the Wii U a year later and reminding us of the delights of 16-bit action platformers, particularly on the ol' SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis. It drew comparisons to Sonic games, especially as the project kicked off in part as a fan game, but also established its own style.
Developer GalaxyTrail, started by Sabrina DiDuro and now consisting of a small but committed international team, has been taking its time working on Freedom Planet 2. On the studio's website DiDuro says the following about the goals for the project.
The original Freedom Planet was modeled as a tribute to Sega Genesis platform games. We've learned what works and what doesn't, what's fun and what's frustrating, what we should expand on and what we can afford to lose. With all of this in mind, we feel that we are ready to bid farewell to nostalgia and create a sequel that will define Freedom Planet's identity as a franchise.
Now the studio has released an updated version of the game's trailer with some new gameplay footage, and has confirmed that it's due to arrive in Spring 2022 on Steam.
No consoles are confirmed yet so we're just hoping that the Switch is an inevitable port down the line. Marvelous took on publishing of the original and brought it to both Wii U and Switch, but at present the sequel is seemingly being self-published by GalaxyTrail. Whether staying independent or once again partnering with a publisher, hopefully the sequel will make its way to consoles in the future.
Let us know if you're a fan of the original Freedom Planet, and whether the sequel is on your radar.