XIII remake is getting a remake, Switch version coming in September


Microids have announced that the notoriously awful XIII remake is getting a remake later this year, alongside a Nintendo Switch port.

Originally developed by PlayMagic, the remake of the beloved cel-shaded shooter XIII released on Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One back in November 2020 to universal criticism. The game was a buggy mess on release, with frequent complaints about cutscenes not playing, scripted events not triggering, broken physics, performance woes, and numerous other issues. Now, Microids hopes to make things right with a total overhaul and Nintendo Switch release on September 13th.

Over a year ago, Microids contracted French developer Tower Five to completely remake the XIII remake and bring it to Nintendo Switch. This overhaul will be a free update to the game and promises to fix the various issues gamers complained about on release. The update will also tweak the art style to make it more faithful to the original, and finally introduce the promised multiplayer mode.

You can find a trailer for the upcoming Nintendo Switch version below.

You can find a rundown (via Steam) below:

XIII is a remake of the cult first-person action game that was initially released in 2003. You play as “XIII”, a man without an identity, in a solo campaign with numerous twists and turns. Inspired by the eponymous graphic novel, the game features a completely reinvented and unique cel-shading design. In XIII, players can also take part in fierce multi-player fights.

The country remains in a state of shock following the assassination of President Sheridan. You wake up, wounded and with amnesia, on a deserted beach on the east coast. The only clues as to your identity are a tattoo of the number XIII near your collarbone and a locker key. Even though your memory is failing, you discover that you have the reflexes of a highly trained professional fighter. You set off in search of your past, discovering that you played a role in the murder of the President of the United States of America, and revealing the most astounding conspiracy ever hatched in the country’s history.


  • The remake of the 2003 cult FPS initially released on PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox and Nintendo Gamecube.
  • A new artistic direction that respects the original work and its iconic cel-shading design.
  • Numerous references to the eponymous graphic novel, with onomatopoeia, speech bubbles, panels and more.
  • Music and voices from the original version.
  • A conspiracy-based plot with numerous twists and turns.
  • Varied gameplay with action, infiltration and exploration phases.
  • A breathtaking solo campaign with 34 levels.
  • A brutal arsenal of 15 weapons to get your memory back.
  • Fierce multi-player fights.
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Frank was a former Niche Gamer contributor.

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