The crank of the PlayDate mini portable console has aroused a certain interest in the public, contrary to what one might think but this tool is not used to load the console but will be used as a control system in some games.
The first game to use the crank as a control system (in combination with the D-Pad and the A and B action keys) will be Crankin’s Time Travel Adventure by Keita Takahashi, better known as the author of the Katamari series. The game is shown in action with a short GIF published on Twitter, which you can view below.
PlayDate will be available in 2020 at a price of $149, a figure that also includes the first season of games, with 12 titles distributed on a weekly basis. PlayDate will have, assure the developers ” many exclusive games optimized for the black and white screen and the crank control system “.
24 hours after the presentation, the feedback received seems to be positive and over 70,000 people have registered for the newsletter while thousands of independent developers have expressed their interest in creating experiences for this platform.
Here's a peek at one: Crankin's Time Travel Adventure, from Keita. It's fun and funny. pic.twitter.com/0Ibwqr5k3I
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