Microids has confirmed that the Nintendo Switch version of the XIII Remake will be released this September and that all the current versions will receive a substantial update on the very same day as the Switch launch overhauling the game, which originally launched in a very disappointing state. It was such a let down that the CEO of Microids has issued a apology to players in a statement published below.
The company has also announced that French studio Tower Five (Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders on Nintendo Switch developers) have been tasked with taking over the game and have been working for more than a year to get the game back on track. In a press release Microids and Tower Five said they have reworked the entire game from the Art Direction to the AI and added numerous technical improvements. The update includes the online multiplayer mode for up to thirteen players. The XIII Remake launches on Switch on the same day as the update, 13th September.
“XIII is the remake of the iconic cel-shaded FPS from 2003, and is the adaptation of the 5 first volumes of the Belgian graphic novel of the same name by artist William Vance and writer Jean Van Hamme.To achieve the quality standards and offer an optimal gaming experience, Microids decided to entrust the development of XIII Remake to the French studio Tower Five (Lornsword: Winter Chronicle). Hard at work for more than a year on a major update for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC versions, the studio has also worked on the multiplayer content as well as the Nintendo Switch port of the game. This update, the multiplayer content and the Switch version will simultaneously be released on September 13th
Apology regarding state of the original remake:
“We are fully aware and terribly sorry that the initial launch of XIII Remake on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC did not reach players’ expected quality standards. A bit more than a year ago we took the decision to hire the studio Tower Five to finish the development of the game. Tower Five worked with us in the past, notably on the great port of Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders on Nintendo Switch. We really wanted to take the time to fix the game and offer owners of XIII Remake a free update paying the best possible tribute to the original game we all love. The Nintendo Switch version of the game will of course benefit from all the work done to improve the game as well as the multiplayer mode, which will mark the end of the game’s development. We can’t wait for players to put their hands on this improved version of the game and (re)discover the classic adventures of Agent XIII, as soon as it’s released after the Summer.”
Stéphane Longeard, CEO of Microids.
Switch XIII Remake Trailer: