PlayPanic, the company behind the upcoming gaming device Playdate, hosted a YouTube livestream detailing additional details about its upcoming handheld. Playdate will offer 24 games in its first season, which are exclusive to all platforms, and will be available for pre-order in July for $179.
The Playdate was originally announced as a big step forward in gaming for Panic in 2019. Originally a developer of Mac and iOS software, Panic expanded into gaming when it published hit titles: untitled goose game and fire observation. The Playdate is the company’s first hardware product, and it most notably features a crank as part of its controls.
A Playdate update video revealed several new details about the upcoming handheld. Panic showed off a new Playdate stereo dock, which it calls “the first Playdate accessory.” It acts as a magnetic dock, charger, and Bluetooth speaker for the handheld.
Playdate games will be released in a season, starting with 24 games in Season 1 – double the amount the company previously announced. All Season 1 games will be free to Playdate owners, and games can be kept forever. Two games are automatically delivered to the handheld every week via Wi-Fi.
The livestream showed very brief previews of some of the Season 1 games. crankin’ time travel adventure Uses the handheld crank accessory exclusively, lost his stone is a visual novel that involves controlling the trajectory of a marble, and Saturday Edition is a spy adventure game that harks back to the days of point-and-click adventure games.
Return of Obra Deen Producer Lucas Pope is also developing a title for the handheld called Mars after midnight. Panic also indicated that there will be a “fun surprise” for Playdate owners during the season.
Panic also announced Pulp, a game development tool similar to Bitsy. Pulp is a browser-based game maker where Playdate owners can use a GUI and a simple scripting language to create and export their own Playdate games. It will be available later this year and is free to all users.
will be available for handheld pre order in July for $179. A week’s notice will be given before pre-orders open, though the company plans to keep them open indefinitely.