Jools Watsham Sheds Light on Upcoming Projects; Soccer Slam, Treasurenauts, and More

Atooi has a lot on the horizon, much of which is coming to the Nintendo Switch. See what Jools Watsham has in store after Xeodrifter.

By Lou Contaldi

January 31, 2018

Alongside an exposé into the inner machinations of indie sales, marketing, and success on Nintendo Switch, developer Atooi’s founder Jools Watsham has a lot to say about his upcoming projects. Aside from the known commodities — Xeodrifter and Totes the Goat on the horizon — Watsham has revealed two new projects for Nintendo Switch and fleshed out what we can expect from his next, most ambitious title yet.

The first revealed project is a Nintendo Switch arcade soccer title, Soccer Slammers. Drawing inspiration from the NBA Jam series, the game will feature 2-on-2 gameplay in a block-heavy stylized world. In the screenshot (seen in the feature imagine), you can see real team nationalities play which is a nice inclusion. Even better, gamers should be able to get their hands on the game by either June 14, 2018 or July 15, 2018 as Watsham mentions the game will be available “before the World Cup.” It isn’t clear immediately if he is referring to the beginning or the end, but the date is quickly approaching.

Next on Atooi’s list is a Nintendo Switch port of Chicken Wiggle — possibly. Instead of announcing an official release, Watsham instead nudges that the game will be getting an upcoming Kickstarter campaign as Chicken Wiggle: Re-hatched. Of course, Chicken Wiggle is a Nintendo 3DS exclusive 2D platformer that came out only earlier last year.

Last but not least was a general update on Treasurenauts — Watsham’s key upcoming project inherited from the Renegade Kid split, which he claims “is the amalgamation of everything that [he has] learned about platformers.” Not much is actually known about the project itself, however the vast work of gameplay design is complete. At this point, Treasurenauts is just fine tweaking and polishing gameplay and will be playable for E3 2018. However, due to financial restrictions, Watsham still needs to put a significant amount of weight behind the smaller projects and ports to keep Atooi comfortably afloat.

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Lou Contaldi

Lou Contaldi specializes in both reviews and the business behind gaming. He began writing about tech and video games while getting his Juris Doctor at Hofstra University School of Law. He is maybe the only gaming journo based in Nashville, TN.

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