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New patch now available for the Switch version of Spirit of the North

Hopefully this update will brighten your day!

Merge Games has released an update for the Switch version of Spirit of the North. Check out the full patch notes below.

Improvement - Adds brightness option to the options menu.
Improvement - Brightened up lighting on Chapter 6.

Spirit of the North - Version 1.3 patch notes

Brand new Photomode added!

The Version 1.3 update for Spirit of the North is coming soon to Nintendo Switch, featuring the addition of a brand new Photomode. Check out the full patch notes below, and the update trailer above!

General:

New Feature - Photomode, press D-Pad Down on controller to enter Photomode and take awesome screenshots with ease!

New Feature - 3D Prompts UI, instead of 2D prompts on the bottom left of the screen we now have 3D prompts that show up on a usable object.
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Improvement - Wisp behavior, the Wisp is now much more helpful to the player by chirping near objectives and leading the way.
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Improvement - Spirit Dash Trail, spirit dash now leaves behind a trail.

Improvement - Fox Stamina : You can now run as long as you want without having to slow down.

Improvement - Music selected in each Chapter now appropriately fits the mood. Playlists offer more variety throughout the whole game.

Improvement - Checkboxes in the menu should now be easier to see.

Improvement - Player can no longer Jump when in the “Sick” state.
Improvement - Dying in Chapter 1, 2, and 6 now drops staff if you are holding one.

Improvement - Fox can no longer Sneeze while dying in Chapter 1.

Improvement - Xbox control images have been updated to better ones.

Improvement - Blueprint optimization overhaul, the game is overall much more optimized in terms of what is always loaded into memory.

Improvement - Change Music can no longer be trigger while in Spirit Form.

Improvement - Change music trigger won't change the music if the desired loop is already playing (won’t randomly turn it off and back on).

Fixed - Issue that caused all shaman icons to show up on Chapter 7 and 8 where there should be none on the chapter select screen.

Fixed - Japanese localization issues.
Fixed - Issue that caused Foxes mouth to be stuck open if the player was holding a Staff and entered Spirit Form.

Fixed - Releasing Spirit Bark while transitioning back to body from spirit form would cause player to get stuck "charged up". Spirit Bark is now automatically released when spirit form ends.

Chapter 3
Fixed - Removed L_thumbstick prompt at end of Chapter_03

Chapter 4
Improvement - Part 4 now loads much more efficiently, causing less stuttering.

Chapter 5
Fixed - Issue that caused music to stop playing at the start of the chapter.
Fixed - Part 5 ground pressure plate jump gate was broken.

Chapter 6
Improvement - Dramatic changes to the music in Chapter 6.
Fixed - Dashing at certain times could cause the Wisp to not progress through the level correctly.
Fixed - Wisp returned to fox during middle of chapter.

Chapter 7
Improvement - Shaman Spirits are less likely to get stuck while walking around.
Improvement - After healing spirit fox in Chapter 7 large stone gate opens, (players can no longer open it and go through without healing spirit fox).

Spirit of the North updated to Version 1.2

A lengthy list of tweaks

Spirit of the North has been updated to Version 1.2. Check out full patch notes for the update here.

General

Fixed – lowered Wind FX volume on the main menu
Fixed – being able to bark/move during cutscenes
Fixed – rare issue where Continue would result in an endless loading screen
Fixed – issue that made Chapter 2 loading screen display incorrectly
Fixed – Quitting to main menu while in Spirit Form breaks Spirit Form for the rest of the play session.
Fixed – Sometimes when entering Spirit Form your body would be relocated to world zero.
Fixed – When entering Spirit Form your body would sometimes fall through some objects and get stuck. (i.e. crumbling rocks)
Fixed – Returning to your body from Spirit form shifts you slightly to the left.
Fixed – Toggling Inverted Camera Y in-game did nothing.
Fixed – Adjusting Camera Sensitivity in-game sometimes did nothing.
Improvement – Replaced snowflake texture with a more detailed one.
Improvement – Add “Invert Camera X” toggle in-game settings.

Chapter 1

Fixed – Snow wouldn’t spawn around the fox.
Fixed – Several spots where the player could get stuck.
Improvement- Collisions of several rocks meshes improved.

Chapter 2

Fixed – Area near the end of the chapter that had a bad collision.

Chapter 3

Fixed – Player could unintentionally skip the first cutscene.
Improvement – Updated collisions on several meshes to provide a better experience.
Improvement – Deleted several Blockout meshes left behind during development.
Improvement – Moved a stacked stones mesh in the Geyser area that could be used to jump up onto a platform without the use of a Geyser.

Chapter 4

Fixed – Several meshes sticking out of the ground.
Fixed – Player could fall into several holes and get stuck around the City area.
Improvement – Visually blocked off an area in Part 2 that looked accessible but wasn’t.
Improvement – General Level Polish.
Improvement – Turned Collision off on all meshes outside the level boundaries to save performance.
Improvement- Updated collision on a few rock meshes.

Chapter 5

Improvement – General Level Polish.

Spirit of the North hits Switch in Japan on July 22nd, 2020

I fox with that

Spirit of the North has been available on Switch in both North America and Europe for a few weeks now, but the little fox's journey isn't over yet. Mega Games has confirmed that they're bringing the game to Japanese Switch owners, and it's set to launch on July 22nd, 2020. The game is now available to preload at a special price of 2,056 yen, with the regular price of 2,570 going into effect on August 6th, 2020. Spirit of the North takes up 2.3 GB, and the Japanese release does include English support.

Nordic-inspired adventure Spirit of the North out now on Switch via retail

A spirited launch

Merge Games are thrilled to announce along with Infuse Studio, the emotional exploration-puzzle adventure Spirit of the North is out now on Nintendo Switch & PlayStation 4 retail in Europe!

Awaken… begin a quiet journey of discovery and companionship after rousing the slumbering Spirit of the North.

Spirit of the North is a single-player 3rd-person adventure game inspired by the breath-taking and mysterious landscapes of Iceland. The story takes root from various pieces of Nordic folklore.

Breathe in your surroundings to solve various puzzles and speculate the meaning of a lost ancient civilization. With the help of your new companion, shed light on the ruins of the past and overcome obstacles.

Play as an ordinary red fox whose story becomes entwined with the guardian of the Northern Lights, a female spirit fox. As you journey over the mountains and under red-stained skies, you’ll discover more about your companion and a land left in ruin. Traverse tundra, glaciers, and mountainsides as you follow a foreboding scarlet trail that paints the sky.

The Signature Edition of Spirit of the North is also available here and includes:

Region-free copy of Spirit of the North (Nintendo Switch or PlayStation 4)
Two limited edition enamel pins
Original soundtrack CD
Collector’s art card
Numbered collector’s certificate
Sturdy “Sierra” box with foam insert
Outer sleeve featuring alternative artwork

Key Features:

Make your way across stunning landscapes, on an emotionally stirring journey.
Solve environmental puzzles to change the world around you, using ancient powers bestowed upon you by the guardian of the Northern Lights.
Follow the mysterious Spirit Fox across a land left in ruin as you discover more about a lost civilization.
Moving orchestral soundtrack featuring 14 original compositions.

Physical copies of Spirit of the North are available now from the Signature Edition store and European Retailers priced at £29.99/ €34.99/ $34.99 (Nintendo Switch) and £19.99/ €24.99/ $29.99 (PlayStation 4). Also coming soon to US retail.

The Signature Edition is also available now, priced at £39.99/$49.99/ €49.99 (Nintendo Switch) and £34.99/$44.99/ €44.99 (PlayStation 4) respectively.

Spirit of the North Switch framerate test

A spirited test

Spirit of the North is now available on Switch, and it came with a day one update. Just how much of a difference does the day one update make for the game? Check out a framerate check for the latest Switch version above.

Spirit of the North - more gameplay

Awaken… begin a quiet journey of discovery and companionship after rousing the slumbering Spirit of the North. Spirit of the North is a single-player 3rd-person adventure game inspired by the breathtaking and mysterious landscapes of Iceland. The story takes root from various pieces of Nordic folklore.

Spirit of the North developer talks about the challenge of porting the game to Switch

Cramming it onto Switch

Spirit of the North has finally made its way to Switch, after quite a porting process. Bringing the game to Switch wasn't easy, and developer Tayler Christensen explained the process in a Nintendo Life interview.

One of the biggest challenges was getting the game’s RAM usage down. The Switch only has about 3.1GB of usable memory, we were consistently going over that mark and having the game crash. It took us about a month of optimization to get the game to stay under the new limit. This was a challenge we weren’t really expecting to face, but I am very happy with how we handled it in the end.

Nordic-inspired adventure Spirit of the North Out Today on Switch

We need your help, fox!

Merge Games are thrilled to announce, along with Infuse Studio, that the emotional exploration-puzzle adventure Spirit of the North is out today on Nintendo Switch and PC!

To celebrate, the developers are livestreaming the game again over on
Spirit of the North's Steam Page where the game will be available to purchase from 6pm BST/ 10am PDT.

Awaken… begin a quiet journey of discovery and companionship after rousing the slumbering Spirit of the North.

Spirit of the North is a single-player 3rd-person adventure game inspired by the breath-taking and mysterious landscapes of Iceland. The story takes root from various pieces of Nordic folklore.

Breathe in your surroundings to solve various puzzles and speculate the meaning of a lost, ancient civilization. With the help of your new companion, shed light on the ruins of the past and overcome obstacles.

Play as an ordinary red fox whose story becomes entwined with the guardian of the Northern Lights, a female spirit fox. As you journey over the mountains and under red-stained skies, you’ll discover more about your companion and a land left in ruin. Traverse tundra, glaciers, and mountainsides as you follow a foreboding scarlet trail that paints the sky.

Key Features:

Make your way across stunning landscapes, on an emotionally stirring journey.
Solve environmental puzzles to change the world around you, using ancient powers bestowed upon you by the guardian of the Northern Lights.
Follow the mysterious Spirit Fox across a land left in ruin as you discover more about a lost civilization.
Moving orchestral soundtrack featuring 14 original compositions.

Spirit of the North is out today on Nintendo Switch and PC and is priced at £19.99/ €20.99/ $24.99 for Nintendo Switch & £15.49/ €16.79/ $19.99 on PC.

There is also 20% introductory discount live on the Nintendo eShop, running until the 20th May in the US, and the 21st May elsewhere. There is also a Steam discount of 15% from May 7th - May 14th.

Spirit of the North available to preload at a discount price

Sale offer runs until May 21st

Spirit of the North, which comes to Switch on May 7th, 2020, is now available to preload. Even better, the preload option comes with a discount on the game's normal price. Grab the preorder and lock in a price of 16.79€ / £15.99 / $20 instead of 20.99€ / £19.99 / $25. This offer is available until May 21st, 2020.

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