Winter's fast approaching and there's joyful music in the air. Yes, the holidays are approaching, but pick out the right jazzy "la la la" from the din and you'll hear Wattam, the long in-development title from Funomena and Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi. Today, publisher Annapurna Interactive confirmed that Wattam will release on the PlayStation 4 and on PC through the Epic Games Store on December 17.
For the uninitiated, Wattam's a game about a lonely Mayor—a green block with a 'stache and a bowler hat—who rediscovers the joys of friendship and holding hands, prancing about, and generally goofing off. Sometimes that journey will involve transforming into poop, other times it'll see the Mayor and friends literally explode with joy.
Funomena and Takahashi first showed Wattam to the world at the 2014 PlayStation Experience. Originally slated to be a Sony Interactive Entertainment release, Annapurna picked up Wattam in 2017 and announced it would also be heading to PC. At the most recent State of Play, Sony gave Wattam a slice of time to lock in a December release window. While Wattam's PC release will initially be exclusive to the Epic Games Store, Annapurna's official Twitter account has confirmed will also be released on Steam at a later date.
For all the changes that have happened in gaming and the world at large in the five years since, every look we've gotten at Wattam has been joyous and colorful. When considering the state of the world in 2018, Takahashi told USgamer that he needed "to think about more than just making fun video games." Still, everything about Wattam screams—or maybe croons—irreverent fun, including Takahashi's tweet celebrating the release date: "6 years constipation has been relieved finally. Thank you for your patience. Your giant poop is gold."
Wattam's pre-order price isn't listed on the PlayStation Store just yet, but the preorder price on the Epic Games Store is $16.99 USD.