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Hyper Light Drifter on Switch is the way it was meant to be played

Authored By CJ Andriessen

It's been more than two years since the pixelated masterpiece Hyper Light Drifter first graced PC. From developer Heart Machine, the passion project was long in the making and upon release it did not disappoint. Critics loved it, fans adored it and everyone was clamoring to get it every device they could. It was quickly ported to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with Wii U and Vita version scheduled for sometime after.

Unfortunately, those versions were canceled in Fall of 2016. Because the game was developed using GameMaker, it couldn't port natively to either system. Vita fans were out of luck, but any Wii U owners who migrated to Switch were thrown a bone earlier this year when Heart Machine and Abylight Studios announced they were porting the game to the system. Thanks to recent moves by YoYo Games to get GameMaker working on Switch, any Nintendo fans who missed out on this indie classic will get a second chance later this summer when it launches in the eShop.

Earlier this week, I got a chance to try out the game for myself. In a small office in San Francisco, I was joined by Eva Gaspar and Miguel Corchero of Abylight Studios to talk about the process of not only bringing Hyper Light Drifter to Switch, but making it the definitive version of the game.

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