Over the last years, two characteristics in the entertainment field have become very prominent and widely used: extended universes and remakes, and both have proven to draw a lot of positive results and attention to almost every story, movie or game that work with any of both, so now, we will have another remake, SpongeBob: Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated, loyal to the original game, is getting ready to take us back into an under-the-sea adventure.
SpongeBob: Battle for Bikini Bottom was released in 2003 by THQ for the 6th console generation (GBA included). They were developers and distributors of a wide variety of games based on Pixar, Nickelodeon, and WWE but also others like Age of Empires, Banjo-Kazooie, Saints Row, Warhammer 40,000 and Darksiders.
THQ declared themselves on bankruptcy on 2012, ceased operations on 2013, sold their studios to different companies, and their trademark was acquired by Nordic Games GmbH, now known as THQ Nordic GmbH, which is the company running this SpongeBob project.
Battle for Bikini Bottom takes place in SpongeBob’s underwater city, where Plankton, created an army of robots through a large machine named Duplicatotron 3000, so he can make Bikini Bottom succumb to his will and get his hands on the Krabby Patty Secret Formula, but he didn’t realize that when he started creating the robots, the switch was set on “Don’t Obey”.
The gameplay has been compared to Super Mario 64 for they have a lot of similarities. In Battle for Bikini Bottom, you have to fight robots and also collect shiny items which will work as your currency.
Currency will allow you to pay tolls for accessing previously inaccessible places, and also for retrieving golden spatulas from Mr. Krabs which will give grant you access to new areas, they can also be obtained from hidden areas and as prizes from tasks you complete for other characters, like finding Patrick’s socks or helping Squidward Tentacles.
The game is based on a 3D platform system with the objective of defeating robots all across Bikini Bottom, you will be fighting bosses and minions while controlling SpongeBob, Patrick and Sandy, each of them with their own peculiar fighting style that ranges from Karate to blowing bubbles.
Players will also have to avoid environment hazard and make use of props such as buttons and trampolines to move across every mission. Each of the characters abilities will also have use in specific situations for unlocking new areas or advancing through the story.
Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated doesn’t have a release date yet, but its release is expected at any time through 2020, it is already known that it will be released on the Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC on Steam where we can already see some information and new features about it like the new multiplayer mode.
The first official gameplay of the game will be shown in Cologne, Germany at the Gamescom where the convention received more than 350.000 attendees on 2018; here we will truly see what THQ Nordic is on. So, are you ready, kids?