Acclaimed 2D top-down roguelite Unexplored is on its way to Nintendo Switch, developer Ludomotion has confirmed. Ludomotion will be releasing the game for Switch in partnership with console publishers Digerati, with Nephilim Game Studios handling console porting duties.

The game originally left the Steam Early Access program back in February 2017. Since its release, Unexplored has received two extra DLC packs, with a third currently in the works, all of which will be included in the upcoming Switch version (titled Unexplored: Unlocked Edition). Two of these – Mithril Run and Ripley Run – are currently being offered on Steam as free DLC, with the third (The Dark Ritual) yet to be released. A concrete release date is not yet available for the Switch version, but Ludomotion and its partners have promised it sometime in Spring 2018, so expect a release sometime before July this year.

For those who didn’t get a chance to play Unexplored the first time around, here’s a quick refresher. Unexplored is a top-down 2D “roguelite”, differentiated from a roguelike due to the lack of turn-based combat, tile-based movement, and various other features. Players must “explore the ever-changing Dungeon of Doom” in order to “steal the Amulet of Yendor from the fearsome dragon and make it out alive”. The game offers real-time action-RPG combat, stealth mechanics, procedurally generated puzzles, seven different character classes and more. Here’s a rundown of what players can expect from the three DLC packs when the game is released for Switch:

  • Mithril Run: players will explore the mines of Moryondor in an effort to loot them for as much gold and treasure as possible
  • Ripley Run: presumably named for Alien series protagonist Ellen Ripley, players will face off against alien hordes armed with a repeater crossbow
  • The Dark Ritual: players must stop a group of cultists from summoning a Cthulhu-esque entity

According to developer Ludomotion, publisher Digerati and porting studio Nephilim, Unexplored features “ground-breaking cyclic dungeon generation technology” which ensures each dungeon in the game feels unique and hand-crafted, despite being procedurally generated. Ludomotion describes the game as an “accessible yet challenging action RPG” which offers players the chance to “explore dangerous dungeons, forge magical items, solve mysterious puzzles and battle hundreds of foes”.

The game is not yet available to pre-order via the Nintendo Switch eShop, but expect it to appear as spring draws on.

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Joe Allen

Staff Writer

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