Exclusive: Roberta Williams’ Colossal Cave Remake Announced for Nintendo Switch

Colossal Cave – Reimagined by Roberta Williams is coming to more than PC and Meta Quest 2. In an exclusive announcement to IGN, Cygnus Entertainment confirmed that the upcoming remake will also be coming to Nintendo Switch.

“Colossal Cave – Reimagined by Roberta Williams will soon be accessible to gamers worldwide on an additional platform,” Cygnus Entertainment founder and CEO Ken Williams said in a release. “We hope to bring back the spirit of traditional adventure games for devoted fans who grew up with the original game and the new generation of explorers alike. We believe bringing Colossal Cave Reimagined by Roberta Williams to the Nintendo Switch will help us do that.”

First announced back in March, Colossal Cave is Roberta and Ken Williams’ first game in more than 20 years. The pioneering duo behind Sierra Entertainment were responsible for many of the greatest adventure games of the 1980s and 1990s, including King’s Quest and Phantasmagoria.

Colossal Cave was originally conceived as a VR adventure in partnership with Unity, but its move to the Nintendo Switch means that it will be portable, too. It’s based on the seminal 1970’s text adventure that tasked players with finding “all the treasure” in an intricate labyrinth populated by trolls, bears, and pirates.

Colossal Cave – Nintendo Switch Gallery

Here’s the official synopsis:

Immerse yourself in a gorgeous Eden untouched by mortal hands…until now. Enchanted with the prospect of magical discoveries, plant a confident boot on the path ahead, unhindered by the looming threat of danger. Armed only with a trusty lantern and a limited supply of oil, cast a curious eye through massive underground labyrinths in search of something extraordinary.

Tread lightly through winding caverns so as to not awaken a magnificent dragon from its slumber. Encounter whimsical creatures of both friendly and cruel intention including adorable dwarves, brutish trolls, and fearsome pirates lurking within the corridors. Employ magic and wit to unveil mystical secrets and decrypt complex environmental puzzles. Discover exciting easter eggs and collect all 15 priceless hidden treasures before venturing back to the mortal realm.

Talking with IGN at GDC, Roberta Williams said that the remake would be as true as possible to the original, even going so far as to use all of the original source code and narration. Williams also said she doesn’t plan to include any of her own puzzles.

“I want people that have played this game… to feel yeah, this is right,” Williams said. “This is Colossal Cave. It’s history. I get to see it now.”

Colossal Cave does not yet have a formal release date, but is expected to be out this fall. It will be available for $39.99 on Nintendo Switch.

Kat Bailey is a Senior News Editor at IGN as well as co-host of Nintendo Voice Chat. Have a tip? Send her a DM at @the_katbot.

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