Switch Gets Surprises Release Of Into The Breach, One Of The Year's Best Games

The new game from the developers of FTL arrives on the Eshop.

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The Nintendo Direct-style presentation that preceded Gamescom brought with it word on a trio of new Switch games that all released that very day. A new broadcast, this one from Nintendo of America and again focused on indie titles, only had one such game, but it's a stellar one: Into the Breach.

Originally launched earlier this year on PC, Into the Breach is the latest title from Subset Games, the developer of the acclaimed FTL. The game is now available on the Eshop for $15/£11.39.

Into the Breach is a turn-based strategy game where you control three giant mechs tasked with defending an area from monsters. What makes it unique is the level of transparency with everything about the upcoming turn: You know precisely what order enemies are going to move in, what they're going to do, and how much damage they will inflict. Likewise, you know the effects of your own actions; there's nothing random about how much damage you'll do, for instance. Combined with the ability to physically move units and enemies around (letting you knock enemies off the map or cause them to attack each other), it all makes for an extremely satisfying experience unlike anything else.

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Given its turn-based nature, this should make for a perfect fit on Switch. The game itself is terrific, as detailed in our Into the Breach review. "There is so much strategic joy in seeing the potential destruction a swarm of giant monsters is about to unleash on a city, then quickly staging and executing elaborate counter maneuvers to ruin the party," Edmond Tran wrote. "Into The Breach's focus on foresight makes its turn-based encounters an action-packed, risk-free puzzle, and the remarkable diversity of playstyles afforded by unique units keeps each new run interesting."

While this might be the only just-revealed Switch game to come out right away, Nintendo also announced numerous other indie titles and exclusives on the way. Among other things, Hyper Light Drifter for Switch will include some new items, while the system is also getting Samurai Gunn 2, a cool-looking action game called Bullet Age, and Untitled Goose Game.

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