They're baaaaaack!

After months of radio silence, Microsoft and Rare have finally decided to open up about the state of the new Battletoads game that has been in development for the Xbox One. Today, the studios announced that for the first time in 26 years, Battletoads will make their triumphant return to gaming.

They will do so on August 20 when Battletoads releases on the Xbox One, PC via Steam and Windows 10, and through Xbox Game Pass.

Battletoads was first teased back at E3 2018 during the Xbox E3 briefing. Remember E3?

Those with Xbox Game Pass can actually pre-install the game on either the Xbox One or PC starting today. All you need to do is search for Battletoads on your Xbox or the Xbox App on PC. If you do not have Game Pass, you can instead pick up Battletoads as a purchase on the Xbox, Windows 10 Store, or even through Steam.

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If you’re unfamiliar with the genre-busting gameplay of the Battletoads series, here are the essentials: Zitz, Rash and Pimple are three brawling bruisers from outer space who can morph parts of their bodies to dish out extra destruction. The targets of said destruction, are often the Dark Queen and her abominable allies, in action that takes place across a variety of beat ‘em up, platforming, and racing stages.

The tenacity and split-second reflexes required to beat the original Battletoads has given it a fearsome reputation among fans. Dlala’s new approach focuses on maintaining this mayhem while ensuring you have enough options to play at your own pace. That includes bringing in some buddies for couch co-op, which allows up to three players to drop in and out at will, along with difficulty settings designed to suit everyone from Tadpole to Battletoad. Just like before, you’ll be faced with hugely varied challenges as you play, including new vehicle sections and even some puzzle-solving this time around!

Battletoads’ irreverent sense of humor pays homage to the stylish, self-aware cartoons of the late ’90s, with the new game opting for a distinctive hand-animated style to capture the exaggerated morph attacks and comic timing of the ’Toads. A cartoon also needs gags, which is why the game’s wild story – penned by award-winning writers – unfolds in several fully animated sequences featuring professional voice talent.