Panic has announced that its handheld gaming console Playdate is getting a price increase and a digital store with 11 new games.
A $20 price increase will come into effect from April 7, meaning the Playdate will rise from $179 to $199, with Panic attributing the bump to increased manufacturing costs. Customers who preorder the device before April 7 can still get it at the original $179 price.
“That $20 delta is largely because our factory recently gave us the inevitable news that in 2023, the price of building a single Playdate is going up,” said Panic co-founder Cabel Sasser.
In better news for current Playdate owners, an update is adding a digital store called Catalog to the device today. Every game on Catalog is curated by Panic, receives automatic updates, and is linked to the user’s Playdate account, meaning they can always be re-downloaded.
To celebrate the launch of Catalog, Panic is also releasing two games for free. Recommendation Dog Is an action puzzle game about being a tiny dog working at a temp agency, while Reel Steal is a heist game where a mysterious figure hires thieves to reclaim loot and justice.
Nine other brand new games are launching alongside Catalog, including Carve Jr, Direct Drive, Playmaker, Skew: A The Worker Spinoff, Swap Machina, Grand Tour Legends, The Botanist, Hidey Spot, and Word Trip.
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The Playdate launched in April last year after being delayed due to industry-wide supply chain issues, but Panic still sold more than 20,000 units in 20 minutes when preorders went live.
In our 8/10 review, IGN said: “A charming little handheld with a very specific audience, if you have any interest at all, the Playdate is almost certainly for you.”
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer and acting UK news editor. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.