The XIII remake has had a bit of a rough go of it, hasn't it? After launching on the PS4 back in 2020 to less than stellar reviews, with many even heading out to buy the original 2003 game instead, the Switch port received multiple delays. Today, however, Microids has announced that Switch owners will get their hands on this remake on 13th September — isn't that apt?
But to coincide with the Switch release, Microids has revealed that the studio has handed the reins over to Tower Five, creators of Lornsword Winter Chronicle. This developer has worked on the Switch port on top of adding online multiplayer, refining the art style to look closer to the original, and tweaking the AI among other things. Switch owners will be getting the best version of this remake on day one. But Steam, PlayStation, and Xbox players won't miss out either, as the game will receive all improvements in a free day one patch.
The game originally launched on the GameCube and was noted for its unique cel-shaded art style — inspired by the Belgian graphic novel of the same name. If it's been a hot minute since you dived into XIII, check out a story summary of the game from the publisher:
About the Story of XIII:
Who are you?
The country is still in shock after President Sheridan’s assassination.
You wake up injured and with amnesia on the shore of an east coast beach. The only clues about your identity are the number XIII tattooed on your collarbone and the key to a locker. Despite the memory loss, you realize not everything has been forgotten as you seem to have amazing reflexes comparable to a well-trained government agent. You will soon be on your way to uncover your past, discovering in the process your role in the murder of the US president and unveiling the most astonishing conspiracy in the country’s history.
Play as “XIII” – a man who has no memory about his identity – and try to find out the truth regarding the set-up of a major conspiracy. Follow XIII in his search for his identity through a thrilling solo campaign and brutal local multiplayer battles!
And, if Tower Five is indeed improving the visuals of the game, we can certainly tell from these brand new screenshots.
The remake of XIII arrives on Switch on 13th September. Will you be grabbing it and praying the remake has been much improved? Let us know in the comments!