Merge Games and Dark Screen Games bring Bounty Battle indie hero brawler action to Nintendo Switch in summer 2020

U.K. publisher Merge Games and French developer Dark Screen Games formally announced Bounty Battle is headed to consoles at today’s Indie World Showcase. It is a 1-4-player beat ’em up brawler featuring a wide variety of famous indie video game heroes. Chiefly, “Bounty Battle features over 25 fighters from over 20 different indie games and each fighter comes with their own Minion companion and unique abilities.” The game will release this summer for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. In fact, by the time you’re reading this, Switch and PS4 physical copies (including a special edition version) should already be available for preorder at the Signature Edition store.

Have a look at its debut trailer.

Bounty Battle is where the indies settle their differences mano a mano

Were you straining in the trailer trying to identify all the different franchises that have come together? I hope you didn’t, because here’s a list of all the franchises revealed to be part of the game:

  • Awesomenauts
  • Axiom Verge
  • Battle Chasers: Nightwar
  • Blocks That Matter
  • Blubber Busters
  • The Bug Butcher
  • Darkest Dungeon
  • Dead Cells
  • Death’s Gambit
  • Doko Roko
  • EITR
  • Flinthook
  • Guacamelee!
  • Jotun
  • Nuclear Throne
  • Oddmar
  • Owlboy
  • Pankapu
  • Ruin of the Reckless
  • SteamWorld Dig
  • Super Comboman
  • Tower of Samsara

You certainly can’t accuse Merge Games and Dark Screen Games of lacking ambition, right? Bounty Battle will include over 10 arenas, some of which are taken from the indie games themselves. There will also be a Story Mode, couch multiplayer, practice and tutorial options, and palette swaps for characters.

The game will release in a standard physical edition for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4, but you can also spring for the Bounty Battle Signature Edition, which features the following:

  • Four limited edition enamel pins featuring Bounty Battle fighters: Atlas, Lazarus, Lilith, and Tyran.
  • Numbered collector’s certificate, printed with the developers’ signatures.
  • 34-page booklet detailing the combatants featured in Bounty Battle.
  • Sturdy “Sierra” box with foam insert.
  • Outer sleeve featuring alternative artwork.

Bounty Battle Signature Edition physical preorder Nintendo Switch special collectors edition

Bounty Battle roster: Axiom Verge, Guacamelee, Awesomenauts Merge Games and Dark Screen Games indie physical release Signature Edition Owlboy, The Penitent, Jotun, Super Comboman, Oddmar Dead Cells, Battle Chasers: Nightwar, Darkest Dungeon, SteamWorld Dig Merge Games and Dark Screen Games indie physical release Signature Edition

What do you think of this brawler so far? Remember to keep it on your radar as the summer approaches.

[Source: PR]

John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!

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