Sponge Bob SquarePants has long been one of the most popular cartoons on television, positioning its titular protagonist as a mascot for the entire Nickelodeon network. Following the death of creator Stephen Hillenberg in 2018, several spin-off shows have been greenlit to further capitalize on this success, including the prequel Kamp Koral: Spongebob is less than a year old and a variety program called Patrick’s Star Show. However, Nickelodeon capitalized on the popularity of SpongeBob SquarePants from the start via video games, and that continues with projects like SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Jerk.
The cosmic jolt is the sequel to developer Purple Lamp Studios through the 2020s Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated, a remake of Heavy Iron Studios’ acclaimed 3D platformer from 2003. It was announced during publisher THQ Nordic’s 10th anniversary livestream last September with a teaser that got many fans excited with its references to the old, notably using David Glen Eisley’s song “Sweet Victory” from the popular Spongebob episode “Band Geeks”. Words about the game have been scarce since, but the potential gem shouldn’t be forgotten in the current gaming industry chaos.
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake is full of fan service
This original teaser doesn’t reveal much, but it lets fans know that The cosmic jolt embraces the cartoon’s best moments with a cutscene referencing various episodes and memes. Its official site offers more details, such as the game’s plot revolving around SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick using the wish-granting mermaid tears, as “the very fabric that holds the universe together tightly together could come undone.” Portals open up to seven alternate Wishworlds that are seemingly classic Spongebob locations with a genre twist, such as “Wild West Jellyfish Fields” and “Halloween Rock Bottom.”
Along the way, players will help SpongeBob unlock classic and new platforming skills, plus over 30 alternate costumes as he jokes around with his sidekick Balloon-Patrick. Adding to the appeal for fans, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Jerk promises to bring the original voice of its characters. It might be a big hit for Nickelodeon and THQ Nordic, but more news should come out soon to keep it relevant.
The cosmic jolt may be worth watching in light of Microsoft’s acquisitions
THQ Nordic is owned by Embracer Group, a Swedish holding company that many likely consider to be one of the main remaining independent publishers/developers after Microsoft announced its acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Embracer is also the parent company of Koch Media/Deep Silver (Saints Row), Gearbox Entertainment (Borderlands), Coffee Stain Studios (goat simulator), and more, so it’s a seemingly prime candidate for platform owners looking to pick up more exclusive content. The branch of Spongebob games can play a key role in its appeal.
Although Rehydrated wasn’t as well-regarded as the 2003 original, it was a commercial success and Battle for the bikini bottom still sees life at events like the AGDQ 2022. Spongebob– related content also appears in games like platform fighter Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, and earlier today developer Milestone (a subsidiary of Koch Media) announced the latest season of content for its racing game Hot Wheels Unleashed will be themed the yellow sponge and his friends – until March 29, 2022. With all this attention, it’s strange that The cosmic joltThe development is so quiet.
The original concept of the new game gives Purple Lamp the opportunity to succeed where its Battle for the bikini bottom the remake may have failed due to comparisons to the original. Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated was announced in June 2019 and released almost exactly a year later in June 2020, so it’s fair to assume The cosmic jolt can be scheduled for this year even though an official window has not been given. Between major acquisitions and AAA releases like Ring of Elden, fans shouldn’t let Spongebob’s next adventure fall through the cracks.
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Jerk is in development for PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.
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