Developer Fuzzy Wuzzy Games announced on July 3rd that their Nintendo Wii U exclusive title, Armillo, is back from the brink of extinction and available on Steam. To help people cope with the trying times we find ourselves living through, they’ve even made it free for a limited time.
“Armillo for the PC is finally released here on Steam. And for a limited time, the full game is completely FREE! No iAP, DLC, nor any ads. It’s been a rough 2020, and thought this is a good way to help. Please enjoy the game!
Quick update: We just found out that the game is set to free to play and not free to own, so we’ve contacted Steam to help fix this. Sorry about this inconvenience as we really intended for people to own the game for free.”
Not only was the game originally a Wii U exclusive, it was delisted in North America in 2019. This new release brings the game to a much wider audience who was unable to buy it for the last year-and-a-half. Hopefully the free-to-play thing gets sorted out quickly but either way you can give Armillo a shot for yourself, for free, right now. Thanks to HandMaskTar for pointing out the new release.
Did Suda51 hint at Shadows of the Damned’s delisting with a moment in Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes? While he definitely sets up a return to the game’s universe — with Garcia Hotspur’s apparent dying breath he frees his demon sidekick, Johnson, turning him into the shackled hero, Eight Hearts — the cutscene and ensuing dialog with Travis Touchdown point to something much bigger than the original game.
Now that developer Grasshopper Manufacture’s decade-long publishing deal with Electronic Arts has ended, it’s possible that the original Shadows of the Damned will see an updated re-release ahead of an eventual sequel. It’s a tantalizing teaser for fans of the cult classic but for our purposes the real news is that the original game is no longer available to buy digitally.
The Xbox 360 version of Shadows of the Damned, which was also backward compatible on Xbox One, has very recently been delisted. It was just included in a “Shocktober in Summer” promotion on Xbox.com but the game had already been removed from sale before the promo ended on June 30th. Currently, it’s only available to play on Xbox One through The Vault on EA’s subscription service, EA Access, but it may be removed there in time.
Fortunately, the game did get a retail release on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 but prices have been on the rise and the number of copies out there seems low. I’m not expecting a re-listing on this one as there’s too much work involved to bring only a single version of the game back online. A remaster seems fairly likely at this point, with the work on a new 3D engine and hi-res assets leading into development of a sequel.
I’ll have a page up on the site soon for the original Xbox 360/Xbox One edition. Thanks to @OldMario for pointing out the news.