You’ll have to wait a little longer for Panic’s weird little handset: In an update announced today, the company announced that Playdate will slide out of its original 2020 window and now factory time in early 2021.
The device is the software developer’s first physical hardware, a handheld device with a unique crank along with traditional buttons to control the device. Teenage Engineering co-designed Playdate, and it has a lot of corporate minimalism in a playful yellow color.
Panic announced in March that its employees were moving to work from home and the Playdate production plant in Malaysia was temporarily closed. The company says adapting to these issues ultimately led to the decision to postpone its launch to 2021.
However, there is good news along with the delay. The hardware for Playdate has been finalized and approved by the FCC, which means it could go into production next month. Also, the expected first season of the game for handheld has been locked and more games have been authorized for inclusion.
Panic also announced Windows and Linux versions of Playdate Simulator, a game design software and device tinkerer. Since its initial handset announcement, Panic has stated that each Playdate will double as a development kit, meaning anyone can use the device to develop and test games. play. Since Playdate doesn’t have a storefront, Panic also intends to let game designers distribute them as they see fit.
Playdate will cost $ 149 and be available at the official Playdate website at launch. Panic says there will be 20,000 Playdate units available to start with, which the company believes will be enough to meet demand, and it will order more batches later. In the meantime, Panic suggests you subscribe to its mailing list so you can know as soon as Playdate is available for purchase. In the meantime, you can take our first look at the device from last year and start to imagine all the ways you would use that crank.