Wargroove, the second in-house project by developer Chucklefish, has received an official release date in a new cinematic trailer. The trailer, shown on an indie-focused Nintendo Direct, shows that the turn-based strategy game will be releasing on February 1. We had previously reported that it would be releasing sometime this quarter, but it looks like it’s releasing earlier than we thought.
The best way to describe Wargroove is as a spiritual successor to the Advance Wars games from the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS, the last one being Days of Ruin in 2008. It’s a turn-based strategy game where players control groups of units to battle each other and take territory on the battlefield. They were well-received, so it’s great to have someone else pick up the torch with that kind of game. Wargroove should feel immediately familiar to anyone who’s played an Advance Wars game, right down to the battle animations and the various commanders (including certified good boy Caesar the dog) with their own unit preferences and super ability.
In a blog post released along with the announcement of the game’s release date, Chucklefish founder Finn Brice spoke about the team’s experience making Wargroove. Brice said that the entire team is “truly humbled” by the support they’ve received over the game’s development. He adds that this is their second in-house project (after the star-faring 2D sidescroller Starbound,) and with the quality of Wargroove’s assets, they’ve also seen their own development skills reflected in the final project. “We’ve come to realise that for a game to succeed it can’t be anything less than a labour of love,” he said. “We hope Wargroove will challenge and delight you in equal measure.”
Wargroove releases on Steam, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on February 1 for $19.99. The PlayStation 4 will also get Wargroove, but news of its release date has yet to be announced.