In the breach is an all-time. An easy 5/5 from me. It’s deceptive how much strategy and forethought a simple 8×8 grid can conceal. One quick look at the game – teeming with mechs, alien beasts, skyscrapers and mountains – and you’d be forgiven for thinking it was something to do with Evangelion or Godzilla. And to be honest, you’d be in the right ballpark.
But Into the Breach is really his thing. A strategy game assembled with clockwork precision, where all the tiny moving parts work harmoniously to create something endlessly replayable. Yes, each encounter takes place on an 8×8 grid. And yes, each level will see you bombing, shooting, punching, pushing or pulling enemies until you save the day (again). But the depth of it all, and how it makes your little acts of heroism iconic and Herculean every time… that’s the special sauce. It’s the fantasy pilot mech Into the Breach that does it so well. It’s such a shame that it was written by Chris Avellone, who would later be ousted from the industry following a series of sexual harassment allegations.
But perhaps the most compelling part of Into The Breach is how it forces you to ask yourself “how the fuck am I going to make it out alive?” about three times per level. The game masterfully outsmarts you, pushes you into a corner, and gives you the tools to free yourself from certain defeat. If you’re smart enough. It never seems unfair and it never seems hard for the sake of it. Every move you make, every action you take – everything must be thought out and executed perfectly, lest you succumb to the piercing beam of an alien megabeast and collapse into a nearby building.
When the game first launched in 2018 – four years ago! – its minimalist combat and roster of pilots and mechs was enough to grab my heart in mechanical hands and keep it for good. And that was only with a relatively small number of units to choose from – to be harvested for their skills and combined into the perfect, fast-paced trio of badass Space Marines.
The new Advanced Edition update is now available on PC and Nintendo Switch!
Advanced Edition update makes the game new with new mechs, gear, pilot, enemies, missions and more! pic.twitter.com/skASgOEz9l
– Subset Games (@subsetgames) July 19, 2022
Imagine my shock, then, when I hit up Twitter to find a note about a huge, free new update! An update that adds five new mech squads and almost forty new weapons. An update that adds more enemies, more bosses, and more mission objectives to the game’s already overflowing offering. An update that introduces four new pilots and triples the number of skills a pilot can win when promoted. It’s obscene. The joy in Into the Breach was always in experimenting with different pilots in different mechs – seeing who could do what and what tricks they could pull out of the bag when insurmountable thrust came to unremovable thrust.
To learn that there is so much more, now, superimposed on it all? Well, it’s like watching the Evangelion remake movies after being stuck with the original series for so long. Or check out Shin Godzilla after only seeing the 1954 one before. It redefines the experience, injects it with so much more – bringing you back to the game, nearly half a decade later, and enjoying its gorgeous art style, intricate mechanics, dedication to mech combat all over again. easily readable.
The update, called Advanced Edition update, is now available for PC and Switch. It also takes a conscious effort to update on Switch – it’s not as simple as waiting for the download to happen automatically. According to the developer, if you find that it does not update automatically, you may need to open the game options on the Switch home screen and manually check for software update (just press the “+” button on the Into the Breach icon on your menu screen and you’ll see it). On PC, the process should be a little easier and the update should appear automatically on your game.
So if you’re looking for an amazing little strategy game on your Switch, I can’t recommend Into the Breach highly enough – whether you’re returning to its cursed world or just looking for something to play until Digimon Survive comes out, this game is a stopwatch. Best of all, it’s also super cheap: $10 in the US and £7.60 in the UK.