We’re back with another update and some really cool new stuff to talk about. Would you believe that TODAY marks a whole year since we launched Snake Pass into the world? It’s been a wild ride, and to celebrate the game’s first birthday, we’ve got a surprise for you.
Well… we say surprise, but by the time some of you read this, it will have already hit your consoles, so you’ll just have to just act surprised, instead…
Is that a drum roll in the distance? What bucket of thrills does that distant fanfare herald?
Could it be…?
I think I can see something, bowling towards you right now, tumbling through its own dust clouds, eager to land on your console or PC… A lesser-spotted CONTENT UPDATE!
Welcome to ARCADE MODE.
Let’s Get Retro – ARCADE MODE
You may recall that late last year we started teasing something a little bit fruity heading to Snake Pass.
Well, it gives us great pleasure to introduce you to the brand-new mode included with update 1.4: ARCADE MODE.
It’s no secret that Snake Pass has a ton of retro platforming influences; after all it’s practically embedded in both Noodle and Doodle’s DNA! What better way to bridge the generational divide once more than by introducing an all-new retro classic with a modern, slithery twist.
ARCADE MODE is a take on the classic Score Attack mode: snake around each of Snake Pass' 15 levels, eating as much fruit as you can find to earn as high a score as possible.
It’s simple, but ridiculously addictive.
The aim of the game is to rack up massive multipliers and race to the gate before the time runs out as you compete with friends with full online leaderboard support.
Jump in and let us know what you think!
Of course, Arcade Mode is not the only thing included in this update – we’ve also added Xbox One X enhancements for those of you lucky enough to own the console!
Now you can sit back and check out the sights of Haven Tor in all of its 4k HDR glory.
We’ve also thrown in the option to let you choose 4k@30fps or 1080p@60fps depending on your preference.
But wait, there’s more…
Snake Pass One Year On
As mentioned a little bit earlier, TODAY marks one whole year since we launched Snake Pass? What an incredible year it's been. From launching Snake Pass on 4 platforms, to traveling the globe to share the adventures of Noodle and Doodle with you all.
It's been a stunning experience and we cannot thank each one of you enough for your support.
To put things a little bit more into perspective, we thought we'd take a look at some of the global stats you've helped generate over the past year. That's A LOT of wisps!
Snake Pass Episode 1.4: Return of the Icon…
What sort of update would this be without us mentioning *that* icon?
Oh yes, we heard you loud and clear; the cries of a thousand anguished voices resonated across the internet in a singular chorus of torment, woe and agony.
We listened to your screams.
So – as well as a host of small performance improvements and additional features, the Arcade Mode update brings with it a BRAND NEW LAUNCHER ICON to all platforms.
“But why?” some of the more innocent souls among you may ask... let me give you a little bit of insight…
After we launched the game in March last year, we wanted to ensure the branding was unified across all platforms; everything needed to be consistent across the board.
Although some may consider this a small detail, to us it was important.
With an update rolling across all platforms last June, this was a chance to bring them all together under one singular Snake Pass update with one singular game icon.
Hindsight is 20:20, and in retrospect, removing the Snake Pass logo while focusing the iconography solely on Noodle’s face was clearly an unpopular choice … but to us at the time, it felt recognisable, bold and strong.
But then…the community spoke.
Your responses stunned us; you guys hated the new design and that really hit home.
After all, we built this game for YOU.
Throughout development your thoughts and feedback were always welcomed, and to hear that you disliked something about the game, even something as apparently small as this, well – naturally we had to jump into action.
Despite making a decision that felt creatively right for us at the time, we’re pleased that the community cared enough to speak up and we’re glad to be able to respond; we’re not too proud to hold our collective hands up when we’ve gone awry…
So - without further ado, let us present you with the new Snake Pass icon!
We hope you like it; hopefully, it’s strikingly familiar with a slight twist to satisfy us too.
One more thing…
So there you have it. Update 1.4 is out in the wild, the mystery of the fruity teaser has been resolved and Icongate is no more.
Oh! Just one more thing... Did we mention that the game is 50% off on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Steam?
If you’ve been thinking about jumping into Haven Tor with Noodle and Doodle, now would be the perfect time!
Don’t worry PlayStation fans, we’ll have news for you soon.
That’s about it for this update. Now it's time for us to celebrate that anniversary a little bit!
One whole year…crikey…
- Snake Pass Team