After years of speculation, renowned producer Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed in September that Pikmin 4 is in active development for the Nintendo Switch and will be available soon. The newest installment in the puzzle-adventure series is still full of mysteries, but we can glean a bit from its first presentation. Here’s everything we know about Pikmin 4.
So far, most of what we know about Pikmin 4 has come from a short trailer, no more than half a minute of which is in-engine footage, as part of the Nintendo Direct presentation that launched on Jan. September 13, 2022. That clip shows a serene bit of nature like a butterfly flying off a flower, as well as some visual views of man-made structures like benches or brick patios. The final shot is also the first indication we’re even watching a Pikmin game, as it shows a sleeping Bulbmin relaxing near the structures.
In a brief comment after the footage, Miyamoto explained that while the company hasn’t shown gameplay footage yet, he can say that the game will let you play from a lower perspective, closer to the ground. , to give you Pikmin’s perspective. . He also says that the Switch has made it easier to control Pikmin, to deliver an experience they’ve nicknamed “dandori” in Japan – which means strategically deploying and commanding your Pikmin. comb.
Our first hint of Pikmin 4 was back in 2015, when Miyamoto casually mentioned that a Pikmin 3 sequel was in development. Since then, however, Nintendo has been almost completely silent about the game, only occasionally reassuring that development is still progressing. For the time being, we got both Pikmin 3 Deluxe for Nintendo Switch and Pikmin Bloom, an AR game for mobile devices. Pikmin 3 Deluxe includes features like additional side stories, co-op story progression, and other quality of life improvements.
Pikmin 4 is scheduled for release in 2023, but no specific date or window has been given yet.
Pre-orders for Pikmin 4 are yet to open.
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