Hyper Light Drifter will launch on Nintendo Switch this summer, the company announced during a media presentation today.
While absent from this morning’s Nindies livestream, Hyper Light Drifter is a headlining indie game for the hybrid console. It’s a stunning, retro-styled action game that achieved widespread acclaim after its spring 2016 launch. The promised Wii U and Vita ports were canceled later that year, with lead designer Alex Preston of Heart Machine citing optimization issues.
Nintendo fans will now have a chance to play Hyper Light Drifter, just over two years since its initial release. They have the GameMaker Studio platform to thank; Hyper Light Drifter is the second Switch game built with the development tool, following the upcoming Switch version of Undertale. YoYo Games, the engine’s designer, reached a partnership with Nintendo that will allow developers to export their work directly to the Switch architecture.
Two other indie games that are heading to Switch thanks to GameMaker are Nidhogg 2 and Crashlands, Nintendo said. Those will also arrive on the console sometime later this year, but expect Hyper Light Drifter to hit first.