Platforming is one of the oldest gaming genres out there, housing one of the most recognizable games to ever exist – Super Mario Bros., which was first released back in 1983 by Japanese company Nintendo. Coincidentally (or maybe not) we have another potentially prolific platformer making its way from a Japanese company – namely Astro Bot Rescue Mission from Sony’s Japan Studio.
After being announced back in May this year, and then coming to E3 just a month later, Astro Bot Rescue Mission finally has a release date. Japan Studio Creative Director Nicolas Doucet has officially confirmed via the PlayStation Blog that the cute little platformer will be making its way to US players on October 2nd 2018, and to the EU a day later on October 3rd 2018.
Pre-orders are now also open on the PlayStation Store and going at $39.99 US. If you decide to preorder the game, you’ll also get 4 Astro Bot avatars, Astro Bot Rescue Mission dynamic theme for your PS4 menu, and the Astro Bot Rescue Mission full digital soundtrack along with a copy of the game.
Along with the announcement, Nicolas Doucet also shared a video where they discuss some of the gameplay you can expect to see in the game.
Check out the video:
Astro Bot is a third-person platformer where you help a little Astro, a spaceship captain, on his mission to save his crew friends. Unlike traditional platformers, you control the little robot by collecting various gadgets throughout the game that will transform your Dual Shock 4 gamepad into helpful tools in-game. Astro was originally a character in the PlayStation VR launch title The Playroom VR and was so popular that he’s now gotten a title all to himself.
“The adventure spans across 26 levels that take the platforming genre to new heights with 360 degree VR gameplay, huge towering bosses, precise controls and a good dose of challenge and humour,” Doucet said on the blog.
Sony might have another system seller on their hands with Astro Bot Rescue Mission, but unfortunately we still have to wait a couple of months before we can get our hands on it.