Panic just announced that pre-orders for the cute yellow Playdate console will open in July, and dropped more details about launch titles.
Back in 2019, we covered the news of this upcoming cute yellow windup from Panic. Set to play host to a range of awesome looking indie titles, the Playdate pulls together some innovative new ways to experience quick hit indie titles, built to make use of this unique system and its crankshaft control. Now we know that you can pre-order the Playdate this July for $179. The actual date will be published soon, but Panic aim to get the Playdate out to consumers later this year too.
Along with the pre-order announcements, Panic also unveiled the Playdate Stereo Dock, the first Playdate accessory. It’s a lovely way to store and charge your Playdate when not in use, a Bluetooth stereo speaker and, unexpectedly, can hold your pens. (It will include a pen.) Pricing and availability on the Playdate Stereo Dock is not yet available, however.
21 of the launch titles are now confirmed too. Three of the season one titles are still unknown, but the first 21 are listed below.
- Crankin’s Time Travel Adventure
Developed by: uvula (Keita Takahashi, Ryan Mohler), Matthew Grimm, and Shaun Inman
- Battleship Godios
Developed by: TPM . CO SOFT WORKS.
- Boogie Loops
Developed by: May-Li Khoe and Andy Matuschak.
- Casual Birder
Developed by: Diego Garcia (he/him). Music and Sound by: Max Coburn (he/him).
- DemonQuest 85
Developed by: Alex Ashby (he/him), Lawrence Bishop (he/him), Duncan Fyfe (he/him), Belinda Leung (she/her), and Jared Emerson-Johnson (he/him).
- Echoic Memory
Developed by: Samantha Kalman (she/her), Everest Pipkin (they/them), Carol Mertz (she/her), and Rachelle Viola (she/her).
- Executive Golf DX
Developed by: davemakes (they/them).
- Flipper Lifter
Developed by: Serenity Forge.
- Forrest Byrnes: Up in Smoke
Developed by: Nels Anderson (he/him) and Christina “castpixel” Neofotistou (she/her).
- Hyper Meteor
Developed by: Vertex Pop (Mobeen Fikree [he/him], Robby Duguay [he/him], and h heron[they/them]).
- Lost Your Marbles
Developed by: Sweet Baby Inc. & Friends.
Developed by: Gregory Kogos.
- Pick Pack Pup
Developed by: Nic Magnier (he/him), Arthur Hamer (he/him). Music by: Logan Gabriel (he/him).
- Questy Chess
Developed by: Dadako.
Developed by: Shaun Inman, Matthew Grimm, and Charlie Davis.
Developed by: Chuck Jordan. Music and Sound by: Jared Emerson-Johnson.
Developed by: Zach Gage (he/him). Art by: Neven Mrgan (he/him).
Developed by: Jada Gibbs, Nick Splendorr, Ryan Splendorr, and Tony Ghostbrite. Music by: A Shell in the Pit (Em Halberstadt).
Developed by: Bennett Foddy (he/him).
- Saturday Edition
Developed by: Chris Makris. Music by: A Shell in the Pit (Gord McGladdery, Alfonso Salinas).
- Whitewater Wipeout
Developed by: Chuhai Labs (Giles Goddard [he/him], Mark Lentz [he/him], Peter Traylor [he/him], Hero Liao [he/him], Remy Thor [he/him], Charlie March [he/him], Kensaku Nakata [he/him], Zach Aikman [he/him], Mihoko Terao [she/her], and Kinsey Burke [she/her]).
What makes the Playdate special, is that the games developed for this unique system are designed for the Plkaydate and built around an ecosystem that will hopefully encourage anybody to craft their own adventure for the Playdate. Also, it will run Doom too.
Find out more about the Playdate over on the official website now and get some pockets that will fit this lovely wee console.