The House of the Dead: Remake is just around the corner, launching on the Switch eShop on April 7th (you can also pre-order one of three sweet physical editions from Forever Limited). We're excited to see how the 1996 classic has been revamped for the Switch, but one of the biggest questions lingering for many fans was whether it would actually support gyro controls or not.
The good news is that yes, of course it does. It may seem obvious, but some readers (and some of us, too) were concerned that perhaps the upcoming remake would opt for stick-and-button controls as its sole control method. As it turns out, however, gyro support was previously mentioned in an extensive list of features (silly us!), but just to be extra cautious we reached out to Forever Entertainment to check once again for ourselves.
In doing so, the publisher has confirmed that an awesome sounding mode called 'Cowboy Mode' will be coming as part of a future update, which will allow solo players to wield two Joy-Con — one in each hand. The possibility that a gun peripheral may become a reality was also teased, perhaps similar to the Wii Hand Cannon that launched alongside The House of the Dead: Overkill...
Nintendo Life: Can a single player wield two Joy-Con/guns simultaneously?
Forever Entertainment: We call it "cowboy mode”, and it will be a part of a planned update.
Can you use gyro controls with the Pro Controller?
Yes, the gyroscope for all devices is supported, depending on a device of your choice.
Was a gun peripheral considered for the Limited Edition? A lot of us have fond memories of The House Of The Dead: Overkill’s Wii Hand Cannon...
Yes, we were working on a few different projects. Maybe one of them will come to life...
So yes, gyro support is definitely a thing, and we're thrilled. House of the Dead without pointer or gyro controls doesn't sound particularly enticing, so the fact that it's now definitely confirmed for both Joy-Con and Pro Controller use is a big win in our eyes.
Will you be picking up The House of the Dead: Remake on April 7th, or are you opting to wait a bit longer for a physical copy? Either way, let us know in the usual place.
Ask them why it isn't listed on the eShop and thus can't be pre-ordered. Baffles me when publishers do this. Why wouldn't you want your game that's coming soon to be listed in the coming soon section lmao
I was hoping for this after playing the only other on rails gyro game on the switch ‘Assult chaingun S’ it does seem to work ok. But not to the accuracy of a light gun. It will definitely be interesting to see if you can pull off those hard timed life saving shots!
@Gavintendo This was weird to me too! I keep forgetting the actual release date so I was going to Wishlist it yesterday.
@Gavintendo Preorders open 31st March for digital dude! 😁👍
I'm itching for this so bad. I'll 100% be getting a physical copy of this, but I don't want to have to wait an extra month for that to arrive. Depending on the price of the digital, I may get both. Not something I'd usually do. We'll see 🤷♂️
Watch, someone’s still gonna ask if there’s gyro controls.
So is there gyro controls?
(Sorry Leon, couldn’t resist!)
Amazon seem to have the best price for a limited edition £35
As the direct from forever entertainment have the other 3 versions
Starting at £49-£109
Will definitely grab this at some point, then.
I'm not sure I follow how gyro controls will work. Will it just be like a FPS where you tilt your controller to move an onscreen pointer? Or will it behave in some way gun/pointer like?
Yeap getting this on pre-order, will be picking up a gun accessory for this soon and play this arcade style.
Does this mean gyro controls will work on the switch lite!?
Dang, Forever Entertainment is just firing on all stops for their Sega remakes. Makes me glad that Sega allows for these smaller teams to get a chance at remaking/developing new games in dormant franchises they have. Allows their games to have life and frees up development in-house for their more mainstream titles
A release date for a preorder date to preorder a game to play it on release date 🤷🏻♂️
@Lord Sold out. I got mines from VideoGamesPlus.Ca but no idea when that releases...
If it plays like the Wii House of the Dead games, I'm down.
That has me even more convinced to insta-buy
"Cowboy mode" sounds super fun but "part of a planned update" has me discouraged we'll have to wait too long for it.
I am so waiting for a gun peripheral to come, would be so nice to have a little magnum gun bundled with a physical copy
@Gavintendo 31st pre orders go live mate 👍🏽
So can you play this without a reticle on the screen and actually aim something? Or is it just gonna be moving a cursor around on the screen with gyro? I have this on Saturn and I know how fun it is with the light gun, if I have to move a cursor around the screen then the better graphics aren't gonna be worth the purchase if the authenticity isn't there
Gyro aiming is not the same as pointing a light gun. If the game lacks the accuracy and responsiveness of the Wii versions of HOTD, why bother? Imagine placing your controller on the table to recalibrate, mid boss fight. I'll wait for a deep deep sale, or maybe watch a playthough on YouTube while pointing finger-guns at the screen.
Just like that, it's back on my wanted list.
You shouldn't need to "lay flat and recalibrate" because joycon have analogs. Using Gyro in combination with analogs negates any drift issues as the analog movement "resets" the cursor where it needs to be each time.
Wiimote didn't have an analog so that was why it needed recalibration for gyro. That's no longer an issue for us today.
IF by some chance they disable the analogs while using Gyro, then yes, it could pose a problem, but even then, a simple button to center would be a much easier and user friendly workaround.
Either way, you won't be "laying down your controller" to calibrate.
@JaxonH good to know that I won't have to lay the joycon flat to recalibrate but a button push to centre sounds like a terrible solution. As it stands I have never seen a joycon gyro replicate a light gun style pointer properly, or even to a satisfactory standard.
I have such a great memory about this game I would like to share. When I was 15 or so, I went with my parents to a Fair about articles for restoration and bars and stuff. They were working there, so I had a lot of time during the day. Not far from our stand was a game cabinet seller with some cabinets on exposure you could use for free (not so many, about 3 or 4). One of them was The House of the Dead! The big screen, the red and blue guns... Amazing! I spend a lot of time there, playing alone or with random people passing by and sometimes really playing as in "cowboy mode" with both PQ and P2 guns! So this is a actually a game I have fond memories about. Got it on Dreamcast years later and also bought the Light gun for it.
I'm going to wait for reviews to see how this plays with gyro first I think.
ABSOLUTELY DAY 1 Purchase for me!!! I can't wait! So Excited!
Gah! This is going to be a wait and see for me unfortunately. I sooo want this to work and turn out well but I have serious reservations about the responsiveness of the gyro controls. The shooters for Switch that use the same controls are really not up to snuff when compared to a traditional light gun.
@SaturnHero I fear this will be exactly what you describe. An awesome remake and idea that is massively limited in implementation and therefore essentially unplayable.
Have this on preorder already.
This game needs a gyro gun holder
Agreeing with some others here. Looks like fun, but of there's not a proper zapper, it's a hard pass.
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