Ooblets hit Early Access in July 2020 for both PC and Xbox. All the content previously released in Early Access will naturally be part of the final release, and the 1.0 update will also add “multiple new locations to visit, new quests, and the conclusion to the game’s main storyline.” If you’ve yet to get acquainted with Ooblets, it’s a life sim RPG with some strong dashes of Pokemon and Stardew Valley. You can collect the cute, titular creatures, level them up in dance battles, build a farm, grow crops, run a shop, build your relationships with a village full of colorful characters, and, ultimately, save the village of Badgetown.
After two years in Early Access, Ooblets will receive a 1.0 upgrade on Xbox and PC, as well as a full release on Nintendo Switch this summer. During today’s Nintendo Indie World Showcase, developer Glumberland announced the Switch release and confirmed the 1.0 debut on Xbox and the Epic Games Store in a press release. (The press materials make no mention of a Steam launch, although the game still has a shop page on Valve’s platform.) Unfortunately, the developers are just being vague about the release date right now.
The Nintendo Indie World Showcase also featured some other notable games, including Wildfrost, a Slay the Spire-style deck-builder from the indie hit-makers at Chucklefish. Other standouts include the crustacean Souls-like Another Crab’s Treasure and the noir side-scrolling shooter Gunbrella. Dustin Bailey joined the GamesRadar team as a Staff Writer in May 2022, and is currently based in Missouri. He’s been covering games (with occasional dalliances in the worlds of anime and pro wrestling) since 2015, first as a freelancer, then as a news writer at PCGamesN for nearly five years. His love for games was sparked somewhere between Metal Gear Solid 2 and Knights of the Old Republic, and these days you can usually find him splitting his entertainment time between retro gaming, the latest big action-adventure title, or a long haul in American Truck Simulator.