No, this hand crank does not power the system.
Panasonic Inc., known for releasing Firewatch and the upcoming Untitled Goose Game, has announced Playdate: a bizarre yellow handheld system with crank control and weekly game releases. The 400
The new games will be kept secret until they appear on the playdate. However, Panic revealed that creators Keita Takahashi of Katamari Damacy, Zach Gage of SpellTower, Bennett Foddy of QWOP and Shaun Inman of The Last Rocket are among those who play games for the device. Some games use the crank exclusively, others do not – it can be plugged into the side of the device when not in use.
An image shared by Panic (included in the above slideshow) was shown The cover screens for four games: Bennett Foddy Presents Zipper, Crankins Time Travel Adventure, 360 and Executive Golf DX. Panic has also shared a GIF on Twitter showing how the system works with Time Travel Adventure, where a man with a hot break on a hot date comes too late and needs to be encouraged to get there on time to be. However, players must schedule their moves to get there safely. If he comes too late, he will be surprised by a woman.
The device will ship in early 2020 and will cost $ 149, with all twelve season-1 games included. Those interested can sign up to Play.Date via a queue / email list to be the first in the line to preorder the device.
For more information on Panic, check out our Firewatch test, in which we named the game developed by Campo Santo "Amazing": "Firewatch is one of the best running simulators, thanks to outstanding writing, artistic direction and voice output."
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