Old Build Of Switch Game Released Early, Publisher Calls It A "Happy Surprise"

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Action RPG Indivisible, from Skullgirls creators Lab Zero, is great! The version that was reportedly released on the Switch this week, though, has been a very weird story.

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The game came out on April 28 with absolutely no advance notice whatsoever, to the point where even the game’s developers had no idea:

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That’s odd, and funny, but also kinda fine, right? Well, it would have been, were it not for the fact that the build released onto the eShop was an old one, missing several key and advertised features like New Game + and co-op.

OK now that’s weird. Publisher 505 Games, for their part, made a post on the game’s official site on Wednesday announcing the “surprise” release, claiming that “a happy accident” put the game “into your hands sooner than expected.”

A day later, that “happy accident” was revised in a new post to become a “release tool” error, 505 saying that the game had originally been supposed to launch on April 28, was pushed back to May 1 to add all the stuff that was missing from the build ultimately released early, but that they forgot to stop the game actually releasing on April 28.

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Making matters worse is that the early release of the game means that while regular folks can now buy it, the original crowdsourcing backers of the project haven’t got their keys yet, though 505 say they are “working to fulfill those keys as quickly as possible and have them distributed via BackerKit surveys.”

505 finish up by saying they “apologize for the suddenness of the launch and the impact it has on the game’s backers.”

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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I see this. Once you submit, you’re at the mercy of the platform.

I’m in a series on Amazon Prime Video called Benza English (a sort of parody on how English is taught in Japan). Our team submitted episode 1, and was unsure when it would go live - which ended up being 3 weeks later. They’ve since submitted 3 more episodes; none are up, with no indication when they’ll go live. They’re bound to just show up one day - hopefully with proper audio tracks and subtitles!