Team Meat’s remaster of the hard as nails precision platformer Super Meat Boy has a release date. The remaster, which is currently only confirmed for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, will be available on the PlayStation store on October 6th this year and will bundle all of the extra content released on other platforms along with the main game.
Super Meat Boy, itself a spinoff of the Adobe Flash game Meat Boy, was released on Xbox 360 and PC back in 2010, but never made the transition to Sony platforms. When announcing this port back in June, Team Meat hinted at circumstances beyond their control preventing such a release in a blog post: “When Super Meat Boy was launched, Team Meat wasn’t allowed to bring it to the PlayStation for very complicated reasons. They hated that they had to alienate the loyal PlayStation fans who desperately wanted the game but couldn’t have it. They felt their pain as PlayStation fans had to suffer for years without the greatest platformer ever made by two guys named Tommy and Edmund. Team Meat was very sad about this but what could they do? Their hands were tied.”
“Earlier this year, Team Meat got an unexpected gift. The gods smiled upon them and opened up a teeny tiny sliver of a path that could eventually lead them to re-release Super Meat Boy. Even though the path would be difficult they knew they owed it to their fans to at least try.”
“Fast forward to today. We walked that arduous path and with a lot of hard work, a little convincing, and huge scoops of luck we are now here today with huge smiles on our faces to say: SUPER MEAT BOY IS COMING TO PS4 AND PLAYSTATION VITA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” (emphasis and fourteen exclamation points theirs, not mine).
The original release was critically acclaimed for it’s addictive, twitch-reflex platforming and it’s generally considered by many, including myself, to be one of the most difficult games of the last generation of consoles. If you are looking for a good, well-handling platformer than you should give this a look, but stay away if you frustrate easily because it is very, very hard.
If you’re still on the fence, perhaps you’ll be swayed by this: Super Meat Boy for PS4 and Vita will be free for PlayStation Plus subscribers at launch as Team Meat’s “…way of saying ‘Thank you for waiting patiently’ to all those PlayStation fans that reached out to us over the years”.