Two Tribes has officially announced a release date for Swords & Soldiers HD. The upcoming remake of the side-scrolling strategy game was reportedly due for release this week, according to a Wii U eShop listing. But the Toki Tori developer has now detailed the game will arrive on Wii U on May 22, in both North America and Europe.
Launching for the minuscule price of $2.99 / €2.99 in the eShop, fans will be able to enjoy the game in lovely high-definition. The game also features a custom touch scheme on the Wii U’s GamePad, as well as a multiplayer mode playable on the GamePad and TV.
Two Tribes has announced permanent price drops on a trio of games within both the European and North American eShops. From Thursday as part of this week’s Nintendo download, fans of the indie developer will be able to purchase Rush, EDGE and Toki Tori for the prior “Early Bird” price of £1.79/ €1.99/$1.99 instead of the usual £3.59/ €3.99/ $3.99 on the Wii U eShop. Additionally, gamers will be able to grab EDGE on the 3DS eShop for exactly the same price. Let us know if you’ll be purchasing any of the Two Tribes games in the comments below.
Two Tribes have confirmed that Swords & Soldiers HD will be released on the Wii U eShop sometime during April/May. The developer says its just something to tide fans over until Swords & Soldiers 2 is released. The development studio says they have teamed up and upgraded it so it feels right at home on Wii U. Here’s how it makes use of the Wii U GamePad and HD capabilities of the system.
- The classic Swords & Soldiers experience.
- Playable with custom touch scheme on Gamepad.
- Playable with Wii remote on TV.
- Multiplayer mode combining GamePad and TV.
- High res HD graphics compared to SD Wii release.
- Expected release end of April / Early May.
- Low TBA introduction price.
- The ultimate BBQ sauce.
Collin van Ginkel, the designer and one of the founders of Two Tribes, has told Nintendo Latino that the company has no intentions of making another Toki Tori game. Collin says that Toki Tori 2 didn’t perform as well as the company had hoped, so he says the development team will move on and tackle another genre.
“Well, since Toki Tori 2+ didn’t perform as well as we had hoped, we’ve decided that we are not going to be making a new Toki Tori game, ever. He’ll be back in some easter egg probably, but we are moving on and taking on other genres.”
Two Tribes have announced via Twitter that they plan to announce another title in their classics range for the Wii U eShop. The previous classics from the developer are Toki Tori, EDGE, and RUSH, so any guesses as to what’s next from Two Tribes?
Two Tribes has teased that ‘something pretty nice’ is coming soon to Wii U. Based on a tweet from the studio, several indie developers – including KnapNok Games, Gaijin Games, Black Forest Games and WayForward – have something cooking up for Nintendo’s console. Two Tribes will make its mysterious Wii U-related announcement later this week.
Update: Turns out the tease was for this Wii U eShop sale.
Two Tribes has announced its closure in the wake of poor sales from its recently released titles. In a blog post on the official website, the Toki Tori developer regretfully announced the departure of their game development and design staff and said that, although they were proud of their achievements as an indie developer, Toki Tori 2′s delay and its lack of sales led to the company’s downfall.
The indie company’s founders Martijn Reuvers and Collin van Ginkel will remain to handle parent company Two Tribes Publishing, which will continue to publish all previous games such as Toki Tori, Edge, and Rush, as well as any future games. Both Reuvers and Ginkel will reboot game development under a new daughter company with a smaller team, focusing on readily available technology.
“We’ve got a ton of hindsight to work with and we’re going to be applying the lessons we learned to the new Two Tribes. Behind the scenes things will change quite a bit. We’ve decided to move away from creating custom technology and focus on what’s readily available. As a result we’ll be working with a much smaller team on our next game, a 2D side scrolling shooter, which will be re-using the existing Toki Tori 2+ engine.
“Our focus will be on the design of our games, which we plan on making more of in less time than before.”
Rush for the Wii U. In a recent tweet from the developer, Rush is aiming for a December 12 release on the eShop for both North America and Europe, while receiving a few final tweaks. The 3D puzzle game is currently available on Steam – you can watch the above trailer to see how the coloured boxes are guided into their exits by conveyor belts, warp points and arrow panels to get a feel for the title.
Toki Tori developer Two Tribes are planning to meet the Christmas dash head on with their classic game
WayForward and Two Tribes are both continuing their ardent support of Nintendo consoles by bringing a couple of tried and true games from their catalogs to the Wii U this month. WayForward’s Mighty Switch Force 2, released on Nintendo 3DS in June, will be ported over to the Wii U on October 17th in North America and October 25th in all other regions. The title will sell for only $5.99. The original Mighty Switch Force was given new stages and visuals when it was brought to Wii U from 3DS, so here’s hoping WayForward will continue this trend.
Additionally, Two Tribes have announced on their Twitter page that the first Toki Tori will be rushed out onto the Wii U eShop before month’s end. The title had been previously confirmed along with two other puzzle classics from the Two Tribes vault, and now the company has revealed that it will be arriving even sooner than expected. Even though the Wii U picked up some momentum from the release of The Wind Waker HD in North America, the ailing console can certainly use the help of these stellar games coming to its eShop this month.
In a potential partnership of epic proportions, Toki Tori developer Two Tribes nearly had Nintendo and Valve working together to bring players of Toki Tori 2+ a special level editor. At one point faced with less-than-stellar sales of Toki Tori 2+ on Wii U, Two Tribes decided that they wanted gamers to be able to make their own levels on either platform, while being able to log into Steam and share them through the Workshop.
Apparently Nintendo and Valve were both on board with the idea, but Two Tribes could not bring it all into fruition in time to get it ready for the release of Toki Tori 2+. Alas, the partnership never panned out, but Two Tribes is optimistic that they may return to the idea in the future. Here are comments from the company’s Martijn Reuvers:
“Our dream was basically to let users create levels on whatever platform they’d prefer and that they would be able to share it through Steam Workshop. So we came up with a proposal that would allow Wii U owners of Toki Tori 2+ to login to Steam, so that they could make use of that functionality. Kinda what Valve did with Portal on the PS3. Nintendo and Valve reacted very positively and we had some calls and e-mails with both parties about this proposal.
Unfortunately things like this take time and cannot be implemented overnight. So for Toki Tori 2+, it was too late at that point. However we still are in contact with them, so should things change, we’ll definitely revisit it again.”