The Behemoth recently announced that a remastered edition of Castle Crashers will arrive on the Xbox One beginning September 9th. The game will feature all new high-def textures and assets as well as a brand new mini-game and it will be free for some players.
Over on their official website, the developers unveiled the official announcement trailer for the remastered edition of Castle Crashers, which you can check out below.
The game will carry a $14.99 price tag, which is the standard price of the game when it first launched on the Xbox 360 seven years ago. It seems insane that it's been seven years since Castle Crashers originally launched on the Xbox 360 as part of Microsoft's push to get more XNA-friendly Xbox Live Arcade games up and out onto the platform. That was back when indies made up a large initiative for Microsoft to bring in more games to the Xbox 360 and bridge the gap between PC indie developers and home console distribution.
It's crazy to think that indies being on home consoles was all because of Microsoft's efforts that originated on the OG Xbox but really took off during the Xbox 360's era with the help of the XBLIG and the XNA coding library and tools to help up-and-coming developers make the leap from PC to console with ease. During this generation most people look to the PS4 for indie titles, even going as far as to call it the “IndieStation 4”. Amazing how times change.
The Behemoth hasn't forgotten those times, though. In fact, they want to celebrate and reward all those early adopters who picked up digital copies of Castle Crashers on the Xbox 360 seven years ago by allowing current console owners of Castle Crashers to get the remastered version of the game for the Xbox One for free. That's right, you'll be able to get Castle Crashers for free if you already purchased a digital version of the game for the Xbox 360.
This free deal won't last forever, though. You'll only have until September 20th to get the remastered version of Castle Crashers for free for the Xbox One. Another catch is that you also have to be a registered subscriber to Xbox Live Gold. That's right... this is free only to those padding Microsoft's coffers with a subscription to Xbox Live Gold.
So keep those three things in mind: you need to have Xbox Live Gold. You need to have purchased Castle Crashers on the Xbox 360. You only have until September 20th to get in on this deal.
Beyond September 20th, there will be a loyalty discount for previous owners of the game, enabling them to get the remastered edition for only $5.00 starting September 21st. This loyalty deal will only be available to previous owners and those who are subscribed to Xbox Live Gold.
Additionally, if you don't feel like getting the remastered edition for whatever reason, you'll still be able to play the Xbox 360 version of Castle Crashers on the Xbox One. The Behemoth has announced that the game will support backwards compatibility between the Xbox 360 and Xbox One version of the game.