Where Cards Fall, the narrative puzzle from developer The Game Band, recently known for its viral hit Blaseball, is coming to Nintendo Switch and PC in early 2021, publisher Snowman and The Game Band told Game Informer in an interview. exclusive. The game was originally released exclusively on Apple Arcade in September 2019. When it was released, Where Cards Fall received great reviews from critics and also won the Unity Awards 2019 Best Mobile Game and an Apple Design Award 2020. The players take on the role of an unnamed protagonist, guiding them through the ups and downs of growth, high school graduation, and college attendance. Where Cards Fall’s hook is its central puzzle mechanic, which requires the player to build houses of cards through each level in order to navigate their terrain and overcome obstacles. Neither Snowman nor The Game Band will disclose details of their deal with Apple for Where Cards Fall – nor will they talk about how many times the game has been uploaded to the service – so we haven’t been able to learn specifically. how their exclusivity agreement was structured. In March 2019, however, the game was re-announced as “exclusively” for Apple Arcade (in 2017 it was announced for PC and iOS), but Snowman and The Game Band agree that a safer way to look at the deal. is that it was actually a timed exclusive. “Apple Arcade is what kicked off our game,” says Sam Rosenthal, Founder and Creative Director of The Game Band. “For example, Where Cards Fall wouldn’t have existed in its current form without Apple Arcade because of the way they work, and they made public that they fund the game. So that allowed us to do of the game that we really wanted to do. “” And the other thing that you sort of fight against is that if we had launched Where Cards Fall as a mobile game in the paid app store, we would have wanted to charge maybe $ 20 for that, ”says Ryan Cash, Snowman founder and CEO. “Because we want people to know that this is an important and serious product. However, if you go for $ 20, you won’t be able to reach such a large audience because there isn’t a lot of people willing to do it. shell out over $ 20 without trying something. So Apple Arcade is kind of like the best of both worlds. “Historically, Snowman has been a mobile-only game publisher, starting in 2015 with its award-winning endless snowboarder Alto’s Adventure. However, in 2020 it started moving to other platforms, releasing The Alto Collection, which brings Adventure and its Alto’s Odyssey sequel together in one package, in August 2020 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, and plans to bring it to pass “soon”. Now he’s taking the leap with other titles. That’s not to say that bringing Where Cards Fall to other platforms was a post-launch idea. As mentioned, it was originally announced for PC. And before its deal with Apple, it was shown on Switch to a press on shows like GDC. There were always ideas and plans for how Where Cards Fall would work beyond Apple devices. This last point is important for The Game Band and Snowman teams. In our interview, they repeatedly insist that the Switch and PC versions of Where Cards Fall are not ports of a mobile game. Their goal is that anyone playing on the newer platforms can’t tell they’re playing a game that originally launched on phones – and that largely depends on custom controls. “There will always be unique controls on each platform that matches that platform,” says Joel Clark, game designer and engineer at The Game Band. “I remember our early prototype controllers were some of the funniest things. It didn’t catch on in the first version, but playing this game on a controller is so much fun. And that seems fair for this game. It’s exciting to see him finally have this in this new version. ““ It shouldn’t feel at all when you play it on Switch or PC like this is, you know, a port of a little mobile title, ”Rosenthal says,“ It’s just a top quality headline that Will be comfortable on all of those platforms. So, yes it started on Apple Arcade, but I think anyone playing it for the very first time will be shocked to know that it has never been on mobile. “Other than support. financial provided by Apple, Rosenthal says he feels gamers who play through Apple Arcade are unlikely to be the average gamer on Switch, PC, or other platforms; the launch of Where Cards Fall on Arcade gave The Game Band the opportunity to put their game first in front of a different audience. But he adds that he is delighted to bring the game to “game connoisseurs”, as he puts it. “I think one thing you have with Apple Arcade or the mobile app store, is that everyone has an iPhone or an iPad or whatever,” Cash said. “And so you hit everyone. than a place like Steam, you might find a more niche audience that’s already looking for something like Where Cards Fall. For a lot of people, they have an iPhone, they see Apple Arcade, they say, “ That’s cool. ” , but they’re not necessarily the kind of person who wants to play, like, 10 or 20 hour in-depth narrative puzzle game. ”Put simply, new platforms mean new players for Where Cards Fall. But 2020 is also a very different year for The Game Band from 2019. In July, the developer released Blaseball, a free web-based ARG. where players are betting on baseball games (it’s honestly a little confusing, but Polygon has a great explainer you should check out). It went very viral very quickly and quickly “took over the internet”, as writers like to say, spawning fan art This success is not lost on The Game Band, and the team members we spoke to. say they hope the success of Blaseball and the new fans the developer has attracted can return to Where Cards Fall. As Rosenthal says, the audience reached with Blaseball is probably a very different audience. than the one on Apple Arcade. “And one thing we’ve certainly seen so far with people who are drawn to the game is […] a lot of people who play Blaseball also like it, like weird and interesting indie games, “says Rosenthal.” So I think that being on Switch and PC, it looks like this is where our audience for Blaseball is naturally going to check out cool indie games. I think it gives him another chance, a bit of a second life in a way. And we are delighted. We have upcoming links for the two together. That’s what we’ll be doing very, very soon when we announce the new version of the game. “Snowman and The Game Band aren’t ready to announce a specific date just yet, but those interested in checking out Where Cards Fall will have a chance to discover the game via a gameplay video on Steam and Epic Game Store today. The video is narrated by Rosenthal, who walks players through the game’s mechanics and how to play. Where Cards Fall will be released on Switch and PC, via Steam and Epic Game Store, early next year.