Among the clamorous fanfare of yesterday’s stacked Nintendo Direct, a Katamari Damacy remaster was announced for Switch, followed by news the game would carry over to PC for the first time in the series’ 14-year history.
Though not mustering up the same degree of fervor as Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe or Animal Crossing, news of a Katamari Damacy remaster – appositely named Katamari Damacy Reroll – will delight anyone who’s sampled the unmatched splendor of the original or the steady trickle of sequels and spin offs. In keeping with remaster etiquette, Katamari Damacy Reroll’s backbone is all-round enhanced HD graphics, and updates to make use of the Switch motion gyro controls, multiplayer, and HD rumble.
The cult classic Katamari Damacy launched on PlayStation 2 way back in 2004, holding the title of the best PS2 title in the eyes of off-kilter gamers and fans of oddball games everywhere.
If you’re too young or by some glitch in the fabric of the universe skipped the hype back in the day, Katamari Damacy sees you take on the role of the cylinder-headed Prince who’s been tasked to clean up his father’s mess. The King of All Cosmos, as he’s affectionately known, rampaged across the firmament destroying every last constellation and planet. By way of a ridiculously adhesive Katamari ball capable of picking up any object smaller than its current size, the Prince must traipse around Earth amassing enough materials to rebuild the stars.
As the Prince rolls the ball around, more and more objects attach themselves making it grow exponentially in size. Therein lies the game’s basic mechanics. You rock around sucking up absolutely everything from pins to entire blocks of apartments and it’s all great, soothing fun. The whole experience is accompanied by one of the zaniest soundtracks to ever grace a video game.
Following on from the Nintendo Direct showcase, publisher Bandai Namco tweeted Katamari Damacy Reroll would hit Switch and Steam on December 7th of this year with pre-orders already open if you want to guarantee yourself a copy.