The panned XIII Remake, published by Microids in late 2020, is due an overhaul this September. This free update has been a year in the works and will be accompanied by the feared cancelled Switch version, also due September 13th.
French studio Tower Five has been entrusted with the overhaul after leaving the publisher impressed with their previous work, including the Switch conversion of Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders. They also developed Lornsword: Winter Chronicle for PC.
Tower Five has reworked XIII Remake entirely, with the art direction, sound design, and AI receiving special attention. The Switch version will run at 30fps while 60fps is promised for the PS5 and Xbox Series versions. The 13-player online component will also be included.
Here’s the Switch version in motion:
“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,” said Microids’ CEO Stéphane Longeard.
“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,” they continued.
If you see a cheap physical copy of XIII Remake on Xbox One or PS4, now’s the time to grab it – the price is likely to rise once the update has been released.