We finally have a better idea of the Playdate pre order window thanks to a recent Playdate update presentation. Panic Inc. announced Playdate pre-orders will begin in July, and they’ll give a week’s advance notice of when the firm date will be.
The Playdate price is set at $179 and will get 24 free games over time. Two new games will be released every week for three months, including games from Katamari Damacy developer Keita Takahashi.
Additionally, Panic announced a joint initiative with Sweet Baby Inc., a self-described “narrative development company” that wants to “make games better, more meaningful, and more inclusive.”
The partnership will help two teams comprised of people from less represented groups develop their first games.
If you don’t snag your Playdate pre order right away, don’t fret. Panic said they won’t close pre orders and will continue manufacturing them until all orders are fulfilled. That said, later pre orders will naturally take longer to fulfill, particularly with parts shortages affecting Pladate manufacturing.