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Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Adventure
Publisher: Raw Fury
Developer: EggNut
Release Date: Feb. 9, 2022

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'Backbone' Gets Nintendo Switch Release Date - Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2022 @ 2:16 p.m. PST

Backbone is a dystopian pixel art detective adventure where you must uncover a cinematic noir mystery in the underbelly of animal society.

Pull on your trenchcoat and get ready to enter a dystopian Vancouver inhabited by animals, where an oppressive caste system puts everyone in their placeā€¦ even if it's six feet underground.

Howard Lotor is a private detective working a routine missing person case in a dystopian, alternate history Vancouver. But what Howard stumbles upon thrusts him into a disturbing hunt for the truth.

Howard is a raccoon in a trench coat.

A blending of cinematic adventure and immersive branching dialogue inspired by classic CRPGs, Backbone explores mature themes in a city of anthropomorphic animals where species dictates social class. Sniff out clues and evidence, interrogate a diverse cast of characters, solve stealth puzzles, and choose which leads to follow. Backbone delivers a unique universe based on the real Vancouver, brought to life with a stunning modern pixel art aesthetic and original dark jazz soundtrack.

Finally, bring your existential crisis on the go! Developer Eggnut and publisher Raw Fury announced that Backbone is coming to the Nintendo Switch on Feb. 9, 2022.

All languages released last fall will also be playable on Switch, including English, Japanese, French, German, Russian, Chinese, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, and Spanish.

Key Features

  • Backbone is a dark story set in dystopian anthropomorphic animal society, where social class is dictated by species.
  • As a detective, sniff out clues and evidence, interrogate witnesses, solve stealth puzzles, and choose which leads to follow.
  • Stunning combination of high resolution pixel art and Unreal Engine tools like volumetric lighting, particle effects and custom materials.
  • Non-linear conversations with a diverse cast of characters inspired by old school CRPGs.
  • Detailed environments are modeled after the real streets of Vancouver, BC.
  • Original doom jazz OST.
  • You get to play as a highly relatable raccoon in a trench coat.

Backbone: Prologue is a free demo which follows Howard through the first act of the game, available now on Steam.

Currently available on PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC (Steam,, Epic Games Store), Backbone is coming to Nintendo Switch on February 9, 2022.

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