During today’s Ubisoft Forward presentation, the gaming giant announced what Scott Pilgrim vs. The World fans have been waiting for the past few years—a re-release of the cult classic beat ’em up. The best news of all is that we won’t have long to wait to get our hands on this beloved title. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game Complete Edition is coming to Switch this holiday season. As this is the complete edition, it includes the Knives Chau and Wallace Wells packs that originally launched as DLC.
In Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game, you can play as one of four characters through an adventure loosely following the plot of the graphic novels. To date the mysterious and beautiful Ramona Flowers, Scott must first venture forth and defeat her seven evil exes. The game plays much like a standard beat ’em up, as you’ll take on waves of enemies as you slowly progress through each stage. By defeating enemies, you’ll gain experience which allows you to upgrade your moveset. As an extra bonus, by collecting the money they drop, you’ll be able to buy health- or stat-boosting items. Of course, you can’t really talk about Scott Pilgrim without mentioning both the charming art style and spicy soundtrack by popular chiptune band Anamanaguchi.
If you’re unfamiliar with the history behind Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game, it’s quite the tragic tale. Scott Pilgrim first launched as a digital-only title on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in August 2010. Despite largely positive reviews, a few years later in December 2014, the game was suddenly de-listed from storefronts, prompting a call from fans to bring it back. The prevailing theory is that there were licensing issues with the music, but Anamanaguchi later denied this, so the true reason still remains a mystery. Whatever the reason though, this event thrust Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game further into stardom, as it soon became a key piece of evidence for those opposing a shift towards completely digital libraries. This fervor hasn’t let up, either, as even to this day, this scenario is still a key argument in that debate.
Ahem… Scott Pilgrim fans might want to keep their eyes peeled on @bryanleeomalley’s feed later. I shall say no more!
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) September 10, 2020
While today’s announcement may come as a surprise for some, dedicated fans may be less surprised. Earlier this year, series creator Bryan Lee O’Malley tweeted a request to bring the game back, which sparked a campaign to make the long-thought impossible happen. On August 13 this year (the film’s 10th anniversary), film director Edgar Wright tweeted that they were “working on the video game situation.” Later that day, O’Malley confirmed that Ubisoft had reached out to him. Things grew silent until this morning when Wright cryptically teased a Scott Pilgrim announcement which would be coming later in the day. Though not expressly stated to be game-related, the timing of the announcement combined with the fact that there’s a Ubisoft presentation today inevitably led fans to conclude that the announcement was, in fact, regarding the game.
As a more recent Scott Pilgrim fan, I couldn’t be more excited to finally be able to experience this game for myself. Thankfully we won’t have much longer to wait! Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game Complete Edition launches this holiday season.