I know we’re Indie Game Fans, but what about Indie Consoles? And the biggest one of those around at the moment is easily the Playdate, which has just begun shipping! Panic has announced that this fascinating new system is shipping right now, and have released an all new update video showcasing all sorts of new info about the Playdate.
For those who don’t know, the Playdate is officially described like so; ‘Playdate is a brand-new and truly unique gaming handheld system that is a celebration of video games. It’s yellow. It fits in your pocket. It includes brand new games from amazing creators. It has a beautiful black and white screen. And yes, it also has a crank. Created with great attention to detail and affection by app developer and video game publisher Panic, Playdate hopes to capture the spirit of endless possibility and excitement that games have given us since the beginning. Playdate’s collection of games will delight players with their inventiveness and ingenuity. And in addition to introducing players to brand new games, Playdate also encourages people to create their own imaginative games and interactive software using a suite of easy development tools. In short, Playdate was made just for fun.’
The new video showcase has loads of new info, especially for devs wanting to explore the Playdate. The showcase includes updates on the publicly-available Playdate Software Development Kit (SDK), the web-based game making tool Playdate Pulp, the Playdate capture software Playdate Mirror, and the development announcement of Catalog; a future Playdate app where you’ll be able to easily buy or find curated games for Playdate outside of Season One. As well as this, Panic have stated that Playdate is ‘flexible and open to sideloading’, One such game launching today alongside the first Playdates is Bloom, developed and self-published by RNG Party Games. Bloom is a real-time narrative-driven social sim about starting up a flower shop that is played over many real-time days, and it’s one of the first commercial third-party games available for Playdate.