Limbo Confirmed For August 2nd

By Jim Rossignol on July 8th, 2011 at 7:54 pm.


The Limbo folks have sent word that the spooky silhouetted platformer (and one of the prettiest side-scrollers on the playboxes) will be turning up on Steam on August 2nd. That’s about it really, but we’ll probably WIT it or something before it hits.

Hey look, here comes a video! It’s actually one of my favourite trailers ever. Grim.

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  1. noom says:

    I actually somehow missed the release of this on xbox, and only just got round to playing it. Utterly beautiful game, and just the right level of head-scratching with the puzzles.

    • VelvetFistIronGlove says:

      I’d almost describe Limbo as a spiritual sequel to Another World. Both had oppressive, foreign worlds, with a strong visual style, and lots of stuff that would kill you. Both required trial and error to beat, progressing through different puzzles, unafraid to bring in new elements just for one or two puzzles.

      If anyone hasn’t played this on the 360, I’d definitely recommend getting it when it arrives on PC. It’s not perfect, but it is rightly lauded.

    • bear912 says:

      I look forward to picking Limbo shortly after it releases. I’ve heard great things about it, and aesthetic is glorious.

      Also, @meemdd, what are the plans for post-launch support on those watches? Will we be getting any DLC? Frequent patches?

    • ethicks says:

      @VelvetFistIronGlove
      Not at all. Another world is solely based around memorization and using a gun to kill enemies. There are very few puzzles that are actually puzzles. Limbo is purely a puzzler. The only similarity’s the fact that they are both 2d sidescrollers

    • Donjonson says:

      Yeah, I’d have to disagree, they’re completely different games, the only similarity is walking towards the right of the screen.. they’re both brilliant though, I wish there was a bit more to Limbo, it’s really very good.

    • noom says:

      Really guys? Yes, Another World and Limbo are very different, but there are more than enough similarities to make VelvetFistIronGlove’s comparison valid.

    • Adam says:

      So cool that Limbo is coming to Steam and the PC. I have been wanting to play this for a while, now I’ll have the chance, sweeettt.

  2. DOLBYdigital says:

    Good to see, hopefully some of the other console exclusive indie games will make it to PC eventually too…. I wonder what happened to the ‘insanely twisted shadow planet’ game that was originally for PC but then snatched by xbox…. I’ll have to do some googlin…

    • Jackablade says:

      It’s due to be released during the Xbox Live “Summer of Games” which I suppose must be happening pretty soon, what with it being Summer for the Yankee folks.

      Whether it ever gets a PC release remains to be seen

  3. Lars Westergren says:

    There aren’t that many consoles exclusives left that I’m missing on the PC now… Red Dead Redemption and Uncharted perhaps.

    • Urthman says:

      Journey from thatgamecompany is the one I’d like to have on PC.

    • subedii says:

      Naughty Dog are a subsidiary of Sony, so I wouldn’t count on Uncharted any time soon, they likely want to keep that as one of the platform’s killer apps.

    • jaheira says:

      Alan Wake

    • BathroomCitizen says:

      My big brother right now is crying because Heavy Rain is still missing from our godly platform and it’s a damn shame.

      Should I just slap him in the face or is he speaking some kind of truth?

    • Prince says:

      Well, personally I’m still missing Crafton & Xunx. Surely, I can’t be the only one. It’s about time too!

    • AndrewC says:

      I’m playing Heavy Rain right now! It plays quite a lot like their PC game Farenheit (Indigo Prophecy). It is certainly an experience! Probably one of those ‘important’ games you should play for your ‘ludic education’ on account of it tackling game situations in very different ways.

      And, being something that’s doing something different, and being terribly serious about being all about mood and emotion, it’s ENORMOUSLY easy to laugh at it and deride its failures.

      Ignore the haters! Well, I like it anyway.

      But yeah, playing the first two thirds of Farenheit will do you well enough.

    • D3xter says:

      I’ve got a list somewhere…: Castlevania: Harmony of Despair, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled, Dante’s Inferno, Red Dead Redemption, Uncharted 1/2/3, Heavy Rain, Demon’s Souls/Dark Souls and I guess I’d also play if it came Infamous 1/2

      That’s about it.

    • Valvarexart says:

      For me it’s Demon Souls and all those fightan games. I want to play Mortal Kombat and Tekken! D: I might have to buy one of those fancy black boxes eventually…

    • RagingLion says:

      I agree with most of the people above. Those and Flower and perhaps most of all The Last Guardian when it comes out (and re-release of SotC and Ico) are the reasons that tempt me to get a PS3 in the future. L.A. Noire was going to be a reason as well until that was confirmed for PC.

    • stahlwerk says:

      Deadly Premonition, if the port was done in a careful way (fixing some of the weirder game mechanics).

    • Kadayi says:

      We are never going to see uncharted or Heavy Rain (PS3 exclusives are way too much arse to port), but there is always the vague possibility that RDR might make the jump at some point given the clamouring by PC gamers over it with the recent announcement of LA Noire.
      Definitely would love to see Journey come to the PC, but again being a PS3 title odds are slim to none. Giantbomb do a great quick look at it: -

      http://www.giantbomb.com/quick-look-journey-beta/17-4489/

  4. db1331 says:

    SWEET. I have really been wanting to play this. Once this comes out, there won’t be a single Xbox exclusive I give a damn about playing.

  5. mortimasIV says:

    Buh. That spider.

    It moves so slowly, because it knows how scary it is.

    Buh.

  6. Dreamhacker says:

    This game is heavy. What is it?

    • DeathHamsterDude says:

      You play as a tax collector in a cruel world with horrible child labour laws trying to get a giant spider to cough up the money he owes the government.

    • Dreamhacker says:

      Sounds like just the stuff dreams are made of.

    • DeathHamsterDude says:

      Well I for one really want my version of this game to come to fruition. There aren’t enough hardcore tax-collection sims out there with spiders in. Arachnoauditor is the only one I can think of off the top of my head.

  7. Rii says:

    Looking forward to it.

  8. Turkey says:

    Laughing in my butt off.

  9. Warth0g says:

    Wow, thanks for the heads up – that looks awesome. Insta-purchase..

  10. DeathHamsterDude says:

    Been waiting for this forever! It is pretty much the one thing that has made me wish I had one of them there X-boxes.

  11. Shadrach says:

    Great, been really looking forward to playing this. Bet it looks plays lovely on a big screen with xbox controller.

    • skinlo says:

      If they’ve done their job right, it probably plays lovely on a smaller screen, sitting closer, on a keyboard as well.

  12. Auspex says:

    KG to do wot I think please.

  13. Manburger says:

    I remember first stumbling upon this game, years ago; a quiet, unasuming concept trailer emerging from the shadows of the internet. I got really excited about the game, and then majorly bummed out when it suddenly turned into a Xbox exclusive. So I was ecstatic when I heard the initial rumors about a PC version, finally! Looking forward to this a bunch. Dat video is also one of my favourite trailers.

  14. Pew pew LAZORS! says:

    Wonderful news, cant wait.

  15. Saiwyn says:

    This game is excellent. It evoked a reaction in myself, my wife and our friend Lyndsey that I can’t describe and have never had any other form of media evoke in my life. We were all absolutely spellbound by it.

    After my initial playthrough of the demo we all sat in silence for about 5 minutes trying to wrap our heads around it.

    Do yourself a favor and avoid any spoilers whatsoever, and if you can I suggest playing this with a lady-friend present as their reactions are extraordinary.

    The latter half loses some of that “je nais se quoi” but this game is still very worthwhile.

    I highly recommend it.

  16. Jahkaivah says:

    But does it have a song at the end?

  17. db1331 says:

    @ Jahkaivah

  18. ResonanceCascade says:

    I’ll definitely be picking this up. Oh yes.

    I just hope it’s a little more keyboard friendly than, say, Super Meat Boy.

    • Duckpoop says:

      Yea, me too… Super Meat Boy killed my hands (well, just my right one) after ~20-30 minutes of playing. I later heard about a method to remap keys, but I was pretty much over the game by then :/

    • BathroomCitizen says:

      It’s still a miracle that a platformer SO hard was still SO good on the keyboard!

    • Synesthesia says:

      i dont think it’s meant to be played on a keyboard, and it does it in a not-mean way to pc players.
      Its just meant to be played with a controller. I think theres even a disclaimer when the game starts.
      Buy one, i promise you wont feel dirty.

  19. HothMonster says:

    Has there been any word as to whether or not there will be additional content or if this is just a straight port?

    Also, its my first post. “Look a virgin, take a picture”

  20. FecesOfDeath says:

    Shadow Complex never made it to PC, so I just ended up getting it on the XBox 2

  21. Khemm says:

    Awesome! Will buy, but hope it won’t be Steam exclusive – bring it to Direct2Drive, Impulse, Gamersgate, everywhere!

    Now, if only Epic weren’t in bed with MS… Shadow Complex would sell a lot on PC, considering games like Super Meat Boy outsold their xbox counterparts.
    Sigh, it’s a shame Capps is such an asskisser.

    • DK says:

      I’m 98% certain that all of the “big” Xbox Arcade (or whatever it’s called) titles would sell way more on PC. It’s just that the devs got tricked into exclusivity deals. Probably via the age old method of “we give you money now! It’s much better than a lot more hypothetical money later!”.

  22. Enzo says:

    This is without a doubt one of the best games that I played on a console. I love it to death. The mood is just amazing, and the ending is perfect. Im definitely going to buy it again on Steam.

  23. amandachen says:

    Limbo of the Lost. LOL!!

  24. bluebogle says:

    Well about freakin’ time! ;)
    Looking forward to this!

  25. Cirdain says:

    I’m so glad that I didn’t watch the play-through on Youtube.

  26. johnpeat says:

    I bought Limbo for the 360 with Points I got for Xmas. Over Xmas I had a really bad case of flu, being that unwell and veg’ing on the couch playing this was…

    probably not such a great idea – it’s a dark, dark place to be.

    That said, I didn’t see the ending coming at all and it was – it was – it was fucking amazing…

    I think I may have cried a little – tho that may have been the headaches, nausea, vertigo and god-knows-what-else – and that’s before we start of the side-effects of the drugs :)

  27. somnolentsurfer says:

    Grr… The week after my graphics card blows up, the one console port I care about gets confirmed :-(

  28. Kent says:

    Pfft, I’m still playing Trine. :P

  29. drlemon says:

    That spider’s the king of limbo! Also, the soundtrack has to contain the limbo of the lost song. It’s just neccesary. Anyway, awesome, i was hoping for this.

  30. JohnnyMaverik says:

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is all…

  31. Deano2099 says:

    Mechanistically it’s a fairly average platform-puzzler (of the Rick Dangerous die a few times before you figure it out type) but the aesthetic does help carry it. I got fed up fairly near the end though. It’s cheap and worth it for the interesting art-style but the game itself is pretty meh.

    • johnpeat says:

      It does have a few moments of originality but it is carried by it’s tone and mood for the most part.

      That’s not such a bad thing tho – just as movement speed/range of weapons can radically change an FPS, the style and tempo of a platform game is very-much part of what makes it what it is.

      There’s a couple of nasty bits and the achievements are all of the “things hidden along the way” type (rather than being progress or stunt based) and some of those will keep you up nights…

      The end tho – the end is the best ending of a game I’ve ever played – it’s worth your time for that alone.

  32. drewski says:

    Happy birthday to me.

    Love

    Limbo development team

  33. Kadayi says:

    Terminator is going to get you Sarah Connor no matter what obstacles you throw in the way.

  34. thebigJ_A says:

    Played this on my 360toy. It’s beautiful, haunting, and disturbing all at once, as well as being a satisfying platformer. (The controls on a pad were excellent).

    That ending, too. Man, that ending.

  35. passingstranger says:

    I cannot recommend Limbo enough. It’s dark and unapologetic and has the most effective minimalistic score I’ve ever heard. It may also blindside you with the sad kind of feelings if you happen to have a little sister.

  36. Jackablade says:

    I tried so damn hard to like this game. I played through the demo several times without it grabbing me and even bought the full version to see if I could brute force my way into enjoying it but it didn’t work. The trial and error design and constant “Surprise! You’re Dead!” just really rub me up the wrong way. It makes my bad designy senses tingle in a most unpleasant fashion.

    I could be getting some enjoyment out of being contrary like, I suppose, but the whole thing is just rather depressing because I feel like I’m missing out on something that everyone else is enjoying.

    • passingstranger says:

      I’d argue that it’s not so much plain trial and error as it is trial and error when you don’t carefully observe your surroundings. Most of the traps can be spotted by those who look what’s ahead of them before jumping. Some of the most satisfying moments in the game come from feeling like you’ve outsmarted it by avoiding something you would have fallen for earlier.

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