Legend of Grimrock launches for Nintendo Switch on January 15
The somewhat surprising Switch version was originally an 'educational side project' of one of the game's key programmers, and the developer ultimately "did the project simply because it was enjoyable". The Switch port includes an overhauled user interface to suit both docked and handheld modes.
A Nintendo Switch launch trailer, description, and screenshot set can be found below, via Almost Human.
Indie game developer Almost Human Ltd. is proud to announce the arrival of their revered dungeon-crawling role-playing game classic, Legend of Grimrock, on Nintendo Switch. Scheduled for release on Nintendo eShop on January 15th, 2024, this launch marks an exciting expansion of the game's reach.
Originally unveiled for the PC in April 2012, after about 10 months of development by the company's four co-founders, Legend of Grimrock garnered widespread acclaim. Since its inception, the game has been ported to Mac, Linux, and iOS. A sequel, Legend of Grimrock 2, was released in 2014. With a well over 1.5 million units sold in total, both games have solidified their position as modern classics in the first-person dungeon-crawling role-playing game genre.
The Nintendo Switch port of the game preserves the original dungeon-crawling adventure while introducing an overhauled user interface. Optimized for playing with a Nintendo Switch Joy-Con pair, this version is perfect for playing on the couch or on the go.
Antti Tiihonen, one of the co-founders of Almost Human Ltd., shares insight into the decision-making process behind the port: "All of us at Almost Human have had other things to do besides Legend of Grimrock in recent years so why should we do a port of a game that's almost 11 years old already? The idea of the port arose when our programmer, Petri Häkkinen, had a Nintendo Switch developer kit and he thought it would be a fun and educational side project to get the game running on our favorite console platform. Most of our decisions aren't driven by business development plans or market analysis and this one was no exception since we did the project simply because it was enjoyable for us. We anticipate this release will rekindle the excitement of many of the old fans of the game and we hope some new adventurers will discover the delights of old school dungeon crawling too."
About Legend of Grimrock
Legend of Grimrock is a dungeon crawling role playing game with an old-school heart but a modern execution. A group of prisoners are sentenced to certain death by exiling them to the secluded Mount Grimrock for vile crimes they may or may not have committed. The game brings back the old-school challenge with highly tactical real-time combat and grid-based movement, devious hidden switches and secrets as well as deadly traps and horrible monsters. Legend of Grimrock puts an emphasis on puzzles and exploration and the wits and perception of the player are more important tools than even the sharpest of swords could be.
About Almost Human
Almost Human Ltd. is a privately-held, independent Finnish game development studio founded in 2011 by four game industry veterans. They are the developers of Legend of Grimrock -series of indie role-playing games. The games are critically acclaimed and have sold over 1.5 million copies. Almost Human is based in Espoo, Finland.