Publisher tinyBuild has announced that the successful boxing management game Punch Club will be making its way to consoles later this week.
Punch Club has long illustrated the harsh realities of being a pixel-art version of boxer from a 1980s movie, but this has been restricted to certain specific platforms. Now, after PC, mobile, and Nintendo’s occult dimension-bending contraption the 3DS, the game will be trading punches on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. No version has been announced for Nintendo’s bizarre and dismemberable contraption the Switch.
According to publisher tinyBuild, Punch Club will release on March 31st, which happens to be this very Friday. The game is available on Microsoft’s Store for Xbox here, but there’s no PlayStation Store page available just yet (at least not one that I can see).
Not familiar with Punch Club? That’s a shame, because it’s one of the coolest indies to come out in recent years. In Punch Club, you manage the life of a boxer whose father was murdered, and who has sworn revenge. It does involve punching dudes in the face: but as a management game, all the punching done is strictly indirect.
When you’re not punching dudes in the face, you are also increasing your stats, training and exercising, eating things, working a job, improving your social life, romancing and more. It’s like Persona for boxing. It’s inspired by movies from the 80s and 90s, and even has a sequel in the works, scheduled for later this year. It’s called Punch Club 2: Fast Forward, if you’re planning to keep an eye on it (you should).
Here’s a trailer from back when the game launched on initial platforms: