The Picross S8 will be released on Switch next week, with a four-player localmultiplayer

The Picross S8 will be released on Switch next week, with a four-player localmultiplayer

Developer Jupiter has announced an eighth mainline instalment for its incredible Picross puzzle series on Switch, with the big new addition being multiplayer support for up to four players when it launches next week. Moreover, multiplayer and touchscreen access is reportedly being added to all previous Switch instalments simultaneously.

The Picross S8, as this newest entry is known, follows the same same as its predecessors, each stage requiring players to complete a picture on a grid by solving numerical clues, indicating which squares must be filled in, but adds a touch of character by letting four players sit their heads together to tackle each challenge.

According to the official Picross website, it''s local multiplayer only (the trailer suggests that despite everyone working cooperatively to complete the same puzzle), and each player will require their own controller to participate.

The S8 version will include 485 new stages: 300 Picross and Mega Picross puzzles, 150 Clip Picross puzzles, 30 Colour Picross puzzles, and five Extra puzzles. Three additional extra puzzles will also be unveiled for Picross S4, Picross S5, and Picross S6 owners.

Picross S8 will be available on the Switch eShop next Thursday, 29th September, and will cost 8.99/9.99/$8.99 USD. Nintendo Life predicts that the release will be followed by a refresh for all previous Switch versions of the series, adding the same multiplayer and touchscreen capabilities as in Picross S8.

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