During today's State of Play presentation, Young Horses announced that their goofy 2020 adventure about creatures that are kinda bug, kinda snack, is getting a major update early next year entitled The Isle of Bigsnax.
The Isle of Bigsnax, as the title indicates, seems to be a new area where the bugsnax from the main game are much, much larger. It takes place on a new island that's emerged from the bottom of the ocean, which several grumpuses from the main game — Chandlo, Floofty, Triffany, and Shelda, specifically — adventure to in order to explore its secrets. You'll get a new tool that allows you to shrink really big bugsnax down to a size that you can catch them at, and there will be a dozen brand new bugsnax to catch and snack on.
Returning to reprise their roles with new dialogue and character development are voice actors Yuri Lowenthal, Casey Mongillo, Debra Wilson, and Haviland Stillwell, as well as other returning characters "including one you might not expect" according to creative director Kevin Zuhn.
Other elements being incorporated in the update include the ability to put hats on bugsnax and customize your house with decor that comes in the mail by completing certain challenges.
The update is described as a "free, substantial update" and is planned for an unspecified date in early 2022 for PS5, PS4, and PC. Those who have finished the game can reload their save once it comes out and be dropped right before the end of the game to access the content, while new players will discover it organically.
If you haven't yet talked about Bugsnax, we rather enjoyed the puzzle-filled adventure's charm, mystery, and surprising emotional depth. And if you're already aware of its intriguing ending, you might be surprised to learn that its original ending was even darker — and also included a tower defense mechanic.
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