The PS5 is almost upon is, with its bevvy of AAA releases, and we’re all talkin’ ’bout Bugsnax again.
There are lots of PlayStation games that we’ve seen, both from the publishers themselves and from Sony during its streamed events. There’s high-fidelity basketball, various open worlds from Ubisoft, a facelift for Peter Parker, and something called Godfall that looks Godawful.
It’s also the size of a small wheely suitcase; you know, the ones that will only just fit into hand luggage. It’s massive, is the key takeaway here. And the pre-order process was a bit of a fiasco. And they’re messing with how the buttons work in Japan.
It’s not been auspicious. But I think we can all agree that the star of the PlayStation 5 buildup hasn’t been the powerful (powerfully big) console, or the various, enormous AAA games being trotted out. No, the real star of the PS5 is Bugsnax.
Oh-ooh-oh! It’s Bugsnax!
First unveiled during Sony’s PS5 Future of Gaming event in June 2020 – well, if you discount the developer tweeting it out years earlier – Bugsnax is a quirky adventure from Young Horse, the studio behind the brilliantly weird Octodad: Dadliest Catch.
Oh-ooh-oh! Talkin’ ’bout Bugsnax.
Bugsnax is best described as a sort of absurdist carnivorous Pokémon game, where you discover, trap, catch and eat the Bugsnax on Snaktooth Island. When you eat a bug/snack, you’re imbued with its powers. Whether that’s a help or a hindrance remains to be seen, but it promises a mix of fun, comedy, and the most brilliant theme tune we’re heard in years.
Oh-ooh-oh! Everyone’s talkin’ ’bout Bugsnax!
And now we know when Bugsnax will release: on November 12, 2020, on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and on PC via the Epic Games Store.
🥇The snax are out of the bag.🥇
✨Bugsnax✨will launch November 12th on PS5, PS4, and the Epic Games Store!🍓🐛 pic.twitter.com/LS3u2nfCNT
— Bugsnax (YH Games) (@YoungHorses) October 8, 2020
(And on PlayStation 5 on November 19 if you live in a part of the world that isn’t seeing an early release of Sony’s latest console. Like the UK. No, we’re not bitter about it at all.)
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