The developers of Castle Crashers have been dropping some not-so-subtle hints on social media that the game was being ported to the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The people at The Behemoth have finally come clean and announced that Castle Crashers Remastered is coming to the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch this summer.
Castle Crashers is a multiplayer beat-em-up that was originally released for the Xbox 360 in 2008 as part of Xbox Live Arcade. The game was later ported to macOS, PlayStation 3, Steam, and Xbox One, where it has achieved over twenty million downloads to date. An updated version of the game called, Castle Crashers Remastered, has been available since 2015, and it's this version that is being ported to the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.
An update on the official The Behemoth blog confirmed that Castle Crashers Remastered is coming to the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in 2019. Castle Crashers Remastered will run at 60fps on both systems and will feature all of the DLC and technical improvements of the other versions of the game. The texture sizes in the game are five times that of the ones used in the original version of Castle Crashers, which makes the remastered version almost unrecognizable compared to the original.
The Nintendo Switch version of Castle Crashers Remastered has HD Rumble support and four players can easily play on one system with the aid of two sets of Joy-Cons, while the PlayStation 4 version of the game will feature different lights on the controller that signify which character everyone is playing as.
Dan Paladin of The Behemoth talked about the difficulties of working with different Nintendo systems in the past during the blog post announcing Castle Crashers Remastered, mentioning that they had previously wanted to put the game on the Nintendo 3DS. Paladin also addressed the question of why they had yet to make a sequel to Castle Crashers, with his response being that they wanted to work on different ideas first, and that they have a new game in development (with the tentative name of "Game 5"), which they intend to reveal in the future.
Castle Crashers Remastered is due to be released on the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in summer 2019.