[Updated: January 24, 2019]:
Well, I guess if you wait long enough, everything comes to Switch! Octahedron is now available on the Switch eShop. So despite us getting the original story wrong, you can now enjoy it on the system. There’s even a free demo if you want to try the game before you buy!
[Updated: June 23, 2018]:
We made a mistake back in February when we reported that Octahedron was coming to the Nintendo Switch on March 20, 2018. In fact, the game was never announced for the Switch and is currently available on Steam, PS4, and Xbox One. We apologize to the developers and our readers for the error. If the game is eventually announced for the Switch we will create a new article and update this one as well.
It can take a lot for a game to stand out from the crowd these days, but I think Octahedron has managed to do just that. It combines an electrifying neon explosion of color with a pulsating soundtrack to create a very unique vertical platforming game. It’s somewhat difficult to make out what’s going on in the screens and video – it’s one of those games you’re going to have to be playing to fully get in the groove. This one hits Switch on March 20 via the eShop!
Square Enix Collective is excited to reveal that Octahedron – the 2D vertical action platformer by indie studio Demimonde – will bring its kaleidoscope of colour to PS4, Xbox One and Steam for PC on Tuesday 20 March 2018.
Having joined Square Enix Collective back in September, Octahedron’s psychedelic adventure garnered praise aplenty after appearing at the UK’s biggest video games expo – EGX in Birmingham’s NEC Arena – that same month, with its rhythm-synced action housed within handcrafted levels proving rather addictive for those eagerly waiting in line.
Octahedron’s electric 2D world charges players with creating their own platforms in quick time to progress, escaping from the strange subterranean world of Veetragoul and fighting back against peculiar enemies out to take you down in the process.
It’s a highly charged encounter, running at a smooth 60fps and brilliantly synced with a soundtrack created by popular video game composer Chipzel and trance producers Andre Sobota and Derek Howell, amongst others.
“Platform games have been around forever, and it’s very hard to create anything new in this genre – but Octahedron stands out as a game that looks, and feels, fresh, and you really have to play it to understand why” says Phil Elliott, Director of Indie Publishing at Square Enix West. “It’s captivating. Watching people play the game for the first time at events like EGX has highlighted for me why we’re so excited about launching it this March: The combination of the soundtrack working in tandem with the colours on screen really engages people in a way few other games can manage.”
Marco Guardia, the man behind the action, has also brought his musical prowess into play, contributing his own tracks to the soundtrack after making his name as one half of Swiss trance act Flutlicht back in 2001.
“Octahedron brings together two of my greatest loves; video games and music,” offers Guardia. “I’ve been making electronic music and working in sound engineering for a long time, and bringing that experience to the work I do today is something truly special. It’s also been genuinely exciting to see players of all ages – some of whom wouldn’t necessarily be into trance music or even 2D platformers – really get to grips with the fast-paced action right in front of my eyes at events like EGX. It has highlighted to me that Octahedron’s appeal is broader than even I’d anticipated.”
Octahedron will launch on PS4, Xbox One and Steam for PC on Tuesday 20 March 2018.