Warner Bros’ acclaimed Wii U title Lego City Undercover is getting a second chance in the spotlight with a remastered release for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch in 2017.
Developer TT Games is also producing a Windows PC version in preparation for a Steam release next spring.
Lego City Undercover is an open-world game that replaces the genre’s traditional shooting mechanics with kid-friendly melee combat and driving sequences. The game features a lengthy single-player campaign that expands on the gameplay seen in previous series releases like Lego Batman and Lego Star Wars while presenting a fresh take on open-world exploration.
Despite winning over critics, Lego City Undercover underperformed at retail and big-budget early Wii U releases like ZombiU and Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition ultimately shared the same fate due to the console’s poor initial sales. After struggling for years to find its niche, Nintendo recently revealed that it is ending production of the Wii U as it shifts focus toward its next console, the Nintendo Switch.
Though Lego City Undercover was a commercial failure, the former Wii U exclusive attained cult status in recent years. As aftermarket copies began to fetch high prices at online auctions, Lego City Undercover was reissued as a budget-priced Nintendo Selects title, spurring a new wave of popularity more than three years after its initial release.
Publisher Warner Bros. intends to capitalize on this newfound popularity with a remastered version of Lego City Undercover hitting retail next year. The remastered port of Lego City Undercover is currently one of the few games that was officially announced for the Nintendo Switch, joining other expected launch-window titles like Just Dance 2017 and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Lego City Undercover will premiere for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch in spring 2017.