Kirby and the Forgotten Land is an upcoming 3D platformer in the Kirby series set to be released worldwide for the Nintendo Switch system on March 25, 2022. It is the second game in the series after Kirby Star Allies in 2018 to be released for the Switch. It was first announced at September 2021 Nintendo Direct, it is set to be released as part of the franchise's 30th Anniversary celebration.
It will be the first mainline Kirby game with full 3D gameplay.
Kirby was washed up into a vast unknown land where he must rescue the Waddle Dees from the Beast Pack, with the help of his new companion Elifin.
Similar to past titles, players will take control as Kirby as he navigates areas and defeating enemies using his copy abilities. This time, in a series first, the gameplay will take place in a third-person 3D environment where players can "freely navigate" areas while completing levels in a linear fashion. A cage of Waddle Dees await at the end of each stage, and freeing them will complete the level.
The game will also have a hub world, Waddle Dee Town, in which it will expand based on the amount of Waddle Dees rescued. A number of activities are available including fishing and running a restaurant. There, players can play minigames and connect online for scores.
For copy abilities, many from prior installments are expected to return, while new additions include the Drill and Ranger abilities.
In early 2021, Kirby series' current director, Shinya Kumazaki, has stated about a "next stage" for the series when discussing about the series' future. Prior to its reveal, the game was accidentally leaked online on September 23, 2021 due to a listing on Nintendo's Japanese release schedule, with a tentative release date for "Spring 2022". On the same day, the game and its release window were officially revealed during a Nintendo Direct broadcast.
In January 2022, the second trailer and new details were released, confirming the release date of March 25, 2022.
- Kirby and the Forgotten Land, coming to Nintendo Switch in Spring 2022 (Nintendo) Date: October 4, 2021.
- Explore a mysterious world with Kirby and the Forgotten Land on March 25 (Nintendo) Date: January 12, 2022.
- Kirby game director says the "next stage" of Kirby is already in development (gamesradar+) Date: May 17, 2021. Author: Ian Stokes.
- Kirby Discovery Leaked, Coming To Nintendo Switch Spring 2022 (Kotaku) Date: September 23, 2021. Author: Ian Walker.