Thanks to a recent Playdate update presentation, we finally have a better idea of the Playdate pre-order window. Panic Inc. announced that Playdate pre-orders will begin in July, with a week’s notice of when the firm date will be.
The Playdate price is $179 and will get 24 free games over time. Two new games will be released every week for three months, including games by Katamari Damacy Developer Keita Takahashi.
Additionally, Panic announced a joint initiative with Sweet Baby Inc., a self-proclaimed “narrative development company” that aims “to make games better, more meaningful, and more inclusive.”
The partnership will help two teams made up of people from lesser-represented groups develop their first games.
If you don’t get your Playdate pre-order right away, don’t worry. Panic said they are not closing any pre-orders and will continue to make them until all orders are filled. However, later pre-orders will of course take longer, especially if part shortages affect the manufacture of Pladate.