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[Update: According to Game Source Entertainment, (via Gematsu), the Nintendo Switch edition of F.I.S.T. Forged in Shadow Torch will launch in Japan July 14, suggesting that a western release will not be far behind.]
Publisher Microids has announced that it has signed a deal with bilibili to produce a physical edition of 2021’s excellent but under-the-radar release F.I.S.T. Forged in Shadow Torch. In addition, it was announced that a Nintendo Switch port of F.I.S.T. is in the works, with a scheduled late-2022 release window.
Any Destructoid regular will know that yer boy Moyse is very much a proponent of F.I.S.T., which was one of, if not my actual favourite release in 2021. Set in a dystopian, steampunk, anthropomorphic world, F.I.S.T. sees an old war veteran don what remains of his well-worn battle armor to take the fight to the oppressors of Torch City’s slum-dwellers. What follows is a stellar metroidvania sporting impressive visuals, deep and satisfying combat, and an air-punching tale of anarchy and redemption.
“After the launch of F.I.S.T. Forged In Shadow Torch we’ve received many good reviews from players worldwide, and one of the frequently asked questions was about its physical release in Europe and America,” said TiGames CEO Zhang Tao. “Thankfully, with the help of bilibili and Microids, the question can finally be answered. We hope the physical versions will provide challenge-hungry players with an enjoyable adventure in Torch City. Thank you as always for the warm support!”
While F.I.S.T. has previously received a physical release in Asia, the title has only been available in the west in digital form. Microids hopes to publish a localized physical edition on both PlayStation and Switch platforms in alignment with the release of the new Switch port. I have to admit that, despite how it might look in screenshots/trailers, F.I.S.T. Forged in Shadow Torch is a deceptively hefty release from a tech standpoint, so it will be interesting to see how the epic adventure is scaled down for Nintendo’s hybrid platform.
F.I.S.T. Forged in Shadow Torch is available now on PlayStation and PC. Check out our review right here.