The latest game in the Shantae series got a surprise launch today, but only for one platform: the Apple Arcade. A new update adds "Part 2" to the existing Shantae game on Apple Arcade, while the full game comes to Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and Steam on May 28.
Set in a tropical paradise where Shantae, the half-genie hero, meets several new half-genie friends, Seven Sirens is still very much a non-linear action-adventure game. The first part of Shantae and the Seven Sirens launched alongside Apple Arcade, but only the first portion of the game.
The mobile and AppleTV platform will see the full Shantae release today, both with new content and several enhancements to the overall game, including new cutscenes, an improved map, and upgraded character portrait art. Considering the opening of Shantae also features work from well-known anime house Studio Trigger, it sounds like the new Shantae will look pretty great.
I got a chance to check Shantae out while demoing River City Girls at PAX West last year, and thought it was fairly impressive. I don't have an Apple phone or device to play it on, but it certainly left enough of an impression that I might try it out on Switch—that is, if I ever clear my backlog of the other Shantae games I've bought for the Switch.
Console and PC owners, meanwhile, will have to wait until May 28, 2020 to go adventuring through another Shantae tale. This marks a notable timed exclusive for Apple's subscription service, which has been picking up a few hits with games like Grindstone and Guildings, garnering some good will in the process.