A Hat in Time official artwork of the main character in a detective outfit

If the name sounds familiar, that would be because A Hat in Time has been in development for a very, very long time now. It first appeared back in the ancient times of 2013 as a rather successful Kickstarter campaign, though unfortunately its release date ended up being delayed over and over again. On the positive side, it would appear that the developers have now fixed everything that needed to be fixed as A Hat in Time will officially be releasing next week, and there will be no delays this time around!

The brief history lesson aside, its probably worth mentioning what A Hat in Time is even all about. To put it simply, its a 3D collect-a-thon with massive and wide-open levels, colorful visuals, cutesy characters, and a variety of power-ups that are all designed to help you further explore the map and discover even greater secrets. With this in mind, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise to hear that A Hat in Time draws a lot of its inspiration from oldschool classics such as Banjo-Kazooie or Super Mario 64.

Since trying to explain these types of games through words alone is not exactly an easy task, allow me to share with you the latest gameplay trailer. Its not overly long, but it should give you a pretty damn good idea of the type of gameplay and tone A Hat in Time is aiming for. Have a look:

What intrigues me the most about A Hat in Time is the simple fact that it will be releasing with full modding and Steam Workshop support! This might not sound like a lot, but just about every game that has added modding support has benefited from it greatly. Mods not only allow you to extend a game's lifespan, but they also give you the ability to fix things you personally have issues with, issues that might not apply to the rest of the playerbase. So here's to hoping the modding tools in A Hat in Time are easy to work with, as that's the biggest roadblock most indie games face when it comes to fostering a modding community.

A Hat in Time will be coming to PC this October 5th. To learn more, or just check out some of the other gameplay previews, you should head over to either Steam or the official website. And as a final note, here's a couple of colorful images to send you on your merry way:

A Hat in Time screenshot of the giant Alpine Skyline map

A Hat in Time screenshot of a rather scary shadow monster

A Hat in Time screenshot of a huge goat-like enemy