Mighty Metroidvania returns
It’s been a bit of a wait, but soon Switch fans will be able to get their furry mitts on of 2021’s most undersung releases. Publisher Astrolabe Games announced that dystopian Metroidvania F.I.S.T. Forged in Shadow Torch will finally arrive on Nintendo Switch on July 12, priced at $29.99. (Pre-order customers will receive a 10% discount on the price.)
I probably don’t need to pour over this title once again to all y’all, especially those who have followed my coverage to date, but F.I.S.T. is a tough, creative, and surprisingly hi-tech adventure that sees a forgotten war hero forced to take up arms (literally) in order to save his friend from the sinister and oppressive regime that presides over the city and its downtrodden populace. Combining finely-detailed locations and animation, solid voice-acting, and a very deep combat system, F.I.S.T. was one of last year’s slickest and most engaging adventures.
Our tough rabbit hero has made his way into Nintendo Switch! eShop Pre-order starts now! Enjoy 10% off before release date: July 12th, fight with Rayton against the Legion! pic.twitter.com/C8SEkeXME0
— F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch（暗影火炬城） (@FISTthegame) June 16, 2022
Despite its pulled-back camera and deceptive looks, TiGames’ adventure is actually a pretty resource-heavy release, packed out with impressive special effects, fantastically “live” locations, and hectic, screen-filling boss battles. It will be interesting to see how it ports to the Nintendo Switch hardware and whether it leaves its humble processor sweating carrots. The publisher says that the Switch edition is aiming for 30 FPS at 1080p resolution docked, and 30FPS at 720p in handheld mode.
F.I.S.T. Forged in Shadow Torch launches on Nintendo Switch July 12. It is available right now on PlayStation and PC platforms. Microids will release a physical edition on PlayStation and Switch in 2023.