Horizonal-scrolling shoot ’em up Horgihugh with Friends will launch for Switch in February 2021 in Japan, developer PiXEL announced.
Horgihugh with Friends is the first console version of Horgihugh, which is known for its traditional level design and heavy theme that contradicts to its cute appearance. It features sounds by former Konami game music composer Motoaki Furukawa (Gradius 2 and F1 Spirit for MSX, Vulcan Venture and Xexex for arcade, etc.), character designs by illustrator KOU (Mega Man ZX series, Shantae series, etc.), and pixel art by background artists Kengo Tanaka (Ironcld Brikinger) and Hidekunki Sasaki (Dotto no Ken and Giga).
Rather than a port of the original Horgihugh—which first launched for iOS via the App Store and PC via the PiXEL Web Shop in October 2018 in Japan, followed by PC via Steam in May 2019 in the west—Horgihugh with Friends is described as an “almost” complete reboot. It features new weapons, stages, and enemy characters, a number of new characters to enliven the story, and a new “Eterday Restoration Mode.”
Watch the debut trailer below.