An animated Goofy points two fingers at a smiling Mickey Mouse.

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Revealed as we speak through the considerably underwhelming Disney and Marvel Video games Showcase, Phantasm Island is a brand new 2D, animated platformer being developed by DLaLa Studios and which seems to be closely impressed by the latest (and incredible) animated Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts. And weirdly, this new platformer can be unique to the Nintendo Switch.

Phantasm Island is a four-player co-op platformer that stars the long-lasting Disney characters Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy…the uh, Goofy. In response to an interview with IGN, this new platformer is constructed on the “foundational parts” of a beforehand canceled recreation that Dlala Studios had been additionally growing. That recreation, which was by no means formally introduced, was additionally deliberate to be a co-op recreation, that includes 2D, hand-drawn artwork, and well-known Disney characters. That every one sounds quite a bit like this new Phantasm Island. That authentic recreation was canned in 2016 earlier than being formally introduced, however now it appears it lives on in some kind.

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“Is it precisely the identical recreation? It’s not,” stated Disney VP of Disney, Pixar, and twentieth Century Video games Luigi PrioreIs. “Is it [developed by] Dlala? Sure. Are they bringing their creativity to it? Sure. Is it the identical characters? Sure. It didn’t work then, however the atmosphere modified.”

Whereas as we speak’s showcase wasn’t essentially the most thrilling, it is a sign that Disney appears extra invested in video games after over half a decade of largely sitting issues out, except for a number of cell video games and Kingdom Hearts. Phantasm Island is an instance of Disney seemingly going again to concepts that didn’t make it and reviving them for a second probability at life. Primarily based on what we noticed within the D23 trailer, Phantasm Island seems to be beautiful and will find yourself being an exquisite platformer that includes the world’s most well-known animated mouse. And for the devs at Dlala, it looks as if they lastly get to make a recreation they’d been eager to make for years. In order that’s good. Phantasm Island comes out someday subsequent 12 months on Nintendo Switch. No different console ports have been introduced and no particular launch date is thought past 2023.

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