The Playdate reemerges, cranking out a price, pre-order date and 24 new games. Today, publisher Panic held a Playdate Update, giving hopeful players the most in-depth look at the handheld since it graced the cover of Edge Magazine back in May 2019 (and caused a little bit of controversy shortly after). If you missed the announcement a few years ago, the slim yellow console may come as quite a surprise. It\u2019s a unique little thing, with throwback visuals and limited inputs reminiscent of the original Game Boy. The biggest difference? It has a crank. Yep, in addition to a D-pad, plus A and B buttons, the Playdate comes with a crank built onto the side. Games can use it in all sorts of ways. In today\u2019s update, we saw it used to control character movement, reel in a fish and open up a hatch. So, when can you get your hands on one? We still don\u2019t know. But, pre-orders open next month. Cabel Sasser, Panic\u2019s co-founder, stated during the presentation that Panic would ship out Playdates as they become available. Though Panic has previously published games like Firewatch and Untitled Goose Game, this is the company\u2019s first hardware product. Add in that we\u2019re in the middle of a global parts shortage and that Panic is still unsure of the exact magnitude of demand and details are still a little hazy. But, you can cancel your pre-order at any time, for any reason. How much will it cost? This might be a bit of a sticking point. While the Playdate may seem like an impulse buy diversion, its $179 price tag suggests otherwise. For comparison, that\u2019s $20 less than a Switch Lite. But, $179 gets buyers more than just the console. One of the unique things about Panic\u2019s pitch is that the Playdate\u2019s asking price includes a 12 week season pass for 24 games. So, you aren\u2019t just paying for the hardware; you\u2019re gaining access to a ton of software from well-known indie devs delivered to the console, via Wi-Fi, every week. Panic showed quick glimpses of 21 of those games during the show today. Here\u2019s that list, plus the names of the developers behind each game. Playdate Games announced so far \tCrankin Presents Time Travel Adventure, developed by uvula which includes Ryan Mohler and Katamai Damacy\u2019s Keita Takahashi, plus Matthew Grimm and Shawn Inman. \tBattleship Godios, TPM.CO SOFT WORKS \tBoogie Loops, May-Li Khoe and Andy Matuschak \tCasual Birder, Diego Garcia with music by Max Coburn \tDemon Quest 85, Alex Ashby, Lawrence Bishop, Duncan Fyfe, Belinda Leung, Jared Emerson-Johnson \tEchoic Memory, Samantha Kalman, Everest Pipkin, Carole Mertz, Rachelle Viola \tExecutive Golf DX, davemakes \tLipper Lifter, Serenity Forge \tForrest Byrnes: Up in Smoke, Nels Anderson, Christina \u201ccastpixel\u201d Neofotistou \tHyper Meteor, Vertex Pop \tLost Your Marbles, Sweet Baby, Inc. & Friends \tOmaze, Gregory Kogos \tPick Pack Pup, Nick Magnier, Arthur Hamer with music by Logan Gabriel \tQuesty Chess, Dadako \tRatcheteer, Shaun Inman, Matthew Grimm, Charlie Davis \tSasquatchers, Chuck Jordan with music and sound by Jared Emerson-Johnson \tSnak, Zach Gage \tSpellcorked, Jada Gibbs, Nick Splendorr, Ryan Splendorr, Tony Ghostbrite, A Shell in the Pit (Em Halberstadt) \tZipper, Bennett Foddy \tSaturday Edition, Chris Makris and A Shell in the Pit (Gord McGladdery, Alfonso Salinas) \tWhitewater Wipeout, Chuhai Labs Whitewater Wipeout is a pack-in game that players will have access to immediately. In addition to the 24 games included with the first season, Panic spoke a little bit about the future of games on the platform. The company will be partnering with Sweet Baby, Inc. for two additional games, Recommendation Dog!!, headed up by Hypnospace Outlaw\u2019s Xalavier Nelson, and Reel Steal. Lucas Pope, developer of Papers, Please and Return of the Obra Dinn, is also working on a game for the console. Pope\u2019s game, Mars After Midnight, was my personal highlight. In it, players seem to take on the role of an anger management counselor for cyclopes. Using the crank, players can open a window to see a variety of imaginatively drawn aliens waiting behind the hatch. It\u2019s hard to tell what the game will play like, beyond opening that window and using the D-pad to look around. But, the setting and character designs intrigued me. The Playdate Update showed off several other games, though it's unclear when they will release. These include: Widget Satchel II: Return of Sprocke, Oxy Con Brio, Daily Driver, Date of Life, Faraway Fairway, Getting There, Robot Fishing, Direct Drive, and Playmaker. Right now, it\u2019s unclear how these games will be distributed, but Arisa Sudangnoi Johnsey, Playdate Developer Relations Lead, said, \u201cWe\u2019ve got some great ideas there. Stay tuned.\u201d Additionally, Panic announced the Playdate Stereo Dock which will play music via Bluetooth, charge the console and, most importantly, store pens. And, Panic is releasing Pulp, development software which aims to make it easy for anyone to make games for Playdate. Playdate may have been out of the spotlight for a while, but this presentation was full of enough announcements to make up for it. We can\u2019t wait to try this weird little console out for ourselves *fingers crossed* later this year. Follow Thumbsticks on Flipboard, Facebook, Google News, and Twitter.