Earlier this year, developer The Behemoth announced they would release Castle Crashers Remastered, a remastered edition of their popular 2008 side-scrolling beat-‘em-up game, on the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. After first releasing the remastered edition on Xbox One and Steam in 2015, The Behemoth shifted their focus toward other projects for years until their March 2019 announcement regarding Castle Crashers Remastered for the Switch and PS4. This weekend, they finally announced a release date for the Switch version of the title via a trailer on YouTube.
Castle Crashers fans who own a Switch can get their hands on the remastered edition on September 17 via the Nintendo Switch E-Shop. A PS4 release date has yet to be announced, but it was set to release within the same time frame as the Switch version—summer 2019. Seeing as fall is around the corner, it should be coming to PS4 soon.
The Switch and PS4 versions are expected to be mostly the same as the Xbox One and Steam version, which built upon the original 2008 game with a new mini-game, updated graphics, all previously released DLC, and other bonus content. The Switch version will also make use of the console’s HD Rumble features and four-player local Joy-Con support.
Castle Crashers follows four knights on a journey to save four princesses from an evil wizard. Along the way, they fight “wacky bosses” and other countless types of enemies through different levels. As players progress through the game, they unlock more characters to play as, and can even return to previous levels to play through with their newly unlocked characters.
The Behemoth co-founder Dan Paladin discussed the company’s reasoning in bringing an 11-year-old game to the Switch and PS4 in the original blog post regarding bringing the remastered edition to these systems. After seeing the company’s previous game, Alien Hominid, become unavailable in places due to lack of ports, Paladin explained The Behemoth’s goal to make games that “stick around.” Plus, with the new technology of each generation of consoles, the company can make use of “higher resolutions, higher framerates, chances to make tweaks, and better overall quality.”
Castle Crashers Remastered will be available on September 17 for the Switch and sometime afterward for the PS4.