23 minutes of gameplay
GameExplain was finally able to show off tons of videos about StarLink when they got a chance to demo the game for 2 hours of gameplay. We get two full cutscenes with Fox, Falco, Slippy, and Peppy. Plus, we get to see how the game starts off and how the Star Fox team is integrated into the story. Below are all the important facts I saw and heard.
- Fox McCloud verbally confirms that his home planet is Papetoon.
- The Star Fox team came to the Atlas star system in pursuit of Wolf.
- They, of course, have Peppy saying "Do a Barrel Roll!" to Fox.
- They are using the same voice actors from Star Fox Zero.
- They get caught up in a disaster that forces the two teams to work together until they can part ways, but Fox wants to stick together until all the mysteries are solved.
- Peppy, Slippy, and Falco are the main pilots with Fox. Krystal is no-where to be seen so far.
- The characterizations of the Star Fox team seem to be true to the characters, right down to the campy dialog.
- It looks like they integrated the Star Fox characters pretty well into the cutscenes and gameplay, in some cases, what are clearly brand new cutscenes just for the interactions between the two teams.
- The game has a cipher language that one character uses, though I've already confirmed that it is not Saurian, nor is it a simple shift cipher.
- The toys to life parts, such as the wings and weapons, can be attached backwards if you so choose, meaning you can actually have weapons that shoot backwards if you want.
- The events in the game sometimes happen in real time, so for example, if you receive a distress signal from an outpost, but don't help out, that outpost may be destroyed later on.
- Once you complete the initial part of the game's story, it appears that the game opens up and you can more or less travel to any planet in any order, provided you can survive.
- If you have physical parts for the toys-to-life can be scanned and used for about one week before they expire. After which, you have to scan them again. If you bought the parts digitally, they stay forever. Not sure how it works if you earn the parts in-game.
- At E3 2017, Nintendo approached the StarLink team, and asked for a demo of the game. Then they asked for another demo and another demo, with all of Nintendo's big game designers in the audience. Nintendo seemed to like it, so they reached out and proposed a collaboration to the original Star Fox development team.
- Nintendo was very collaborative with the team to make a nice back and forth development experience.
- The graphics resolution on the Switch version is slightly lower than other versions, but the gameplay is the same.
Oh, and it looks like two of the final four character slots are filled on the StarLink website, so the chances of a full playable Star Fox team, even without Krystal, appears to be no longer in the cards. There are two slots left, however.