Nintendo has officially announced Kirby and the Forgotten Land.
Rather than the typical 2D side-scrolling platforming Kirby is known for, this new game will be a 3D platformer and will be released in Spring 2022.
Players will be able to freely move around in 3D arenas using familiar Kirby copy abilities.
It’s also set in a post-apocalyptic land, which Nintendo says is “filled with abandoned structures from a past civilization”.
The game was listed on Nintendo’s Japanese website earlier today, along with official artwork showing Kirby exploring a derelict city environment.
It marked the second time Nintendo had accidentally revealed a new Kirby game via its website, after Kirby Fighters 2 was listed on its Western site last year ahead of an official announcement.
Earlier this year, Kirby developer HAL Laboratory said it was looking forward to sharing the mascot’s “next phase” with fans.
Kirby Star Allies director Shinyu Kumazaki wrote in an art book released in May: “Now, finally, we can move on to the next phase! I still try new things at work every day, talking with my colleagues about where to take the series next.
“Together with them, even if only to please a single fan, we’re planning for the next stage of our future. The team is a culmination of the best aspects of the Kirby franchise, and we hope you’ll look forward to what we have coming next.”