Steam users will already be familiar with Owlboy, the pretty pixel art platformer from D-Pad Studio. Highly regarded by both fans and critics, it’s got a Metroidvania vibe, a captivating story, and a Metacritic score of 88. And now, a full year after its original release, the developer has finally revealed that it’s coming to consoles on 13 February 2018.
That release date applies to the digital release only. There’s a physical on-disc version planned too, but we’re still waiting for confirmation regarding platforms and release date for that one. It’s really lovely to look at, unless you can’t stomach that refined pixel art style – it’s not for everyone.
More and more of these lesser known gems are getting console attention these days, and I reckon it’s got something to do with the popularity of the Nintendo Switch. Games like Moonlighter, which would otherwise probably be resigned to Steam, were it not for the Switch. Admittedly, I don’t have any real evidence to base that theory on, it’s just a feeling. Has anyone else been thinking the same thing? No? Just me? Fine.
Also, I’m sorry I used the term “Metroidvania”, I hate it, and I hate myself for using it.