Playdate’s first game season doesn’t hit all handhelds at once


One of the most fascinating aspects Panic’s Playdate – in addition to its lovely crank – is a unique game delivery method that brings 24 free games to your device. Panic plans to release season games (season 1), two games at a time each week. In a new FAQ published on Wednesday, Panic explains a little more about its functionality and reveals that due to limited manufacturing capacity, not everyone plays new games at the same time.

All Playdates downloads new games weekly during the new game day, as long as they are connected to a Wi-Fi network, starting with the first two games when you connect your device. The catch is that not everyone connects to their Internet because of the first day limited pre-orders. This means that instead of being in sync with the entire Playdate population (what Panic’s original “game season” game referred to), players instead get games at about the same cadence as people in the pre-order batch. The panic explains that this small adjustment is due to what level of production and distribution is possible during a pandemic:

Our original dream was a fully synchronized season for every owner, but it proved really hard to do with manufacturing (the factory can only do so many a week!) And distribution (international package delivery is just so reliable)!)

If Panic decides to play second season games, it says it should be able to pull off its original plan because many people already own Playdates. The company also makes it clear that while Playdate downloads games automatically, you don’t have to be committed to them. You can delete and download games at any time if you need space on your device for other homemade games.

You can see the impression of Playdate in our hands here and a preview of what games Panic has set for Season One On their Playdate website.

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