We first posted about Hatch almost a year ago now, and back then the virtual pet from Impending and Realmac Software was slated for an "Early 2013" release date. Well, one thing lead to another (Namely, the insane success of the Ellen game Heads Up! [Free]) and early 2013 turned into "soon" which eventually firmed up to November 20th.

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In the game, you take care of a ultra-cute Fugu. Players will be responsible for playing with it, feeding it, and giving it attention- Somewhat like a next generation Tamagotchi. Also, surprisingly enough, Hatch is not going to be a free to play game like the many virtual pet titles that seem to guilt you in to spending money by having your virtual dog whine at you. Instead, it's launching with a $1.99 price tag, which we're hoping means a return to sensible game design in the virtual pet world.

For more information, including an amazing trailer and the ability to pre-select your Fugu pet, hit up the Hatch web site.

  • MisterMiracle

    YES. Finally. Been waiting for this since it was announced (with that fantastic trailer). Also: I'm glad it's not freemium.

  • Taclys

    I've never really been into virtual pet games, but this one looks promising.

    • Taclys

      Eh, what the hell. I adopted Sparky, because it looks like a certain shocking Pokemon.

  • ste86uk

    Sounds interesting and looks good, I've adopted Coal I'm the early adoption.

    • oooooomonkey

      Woah finally, I remember choosing the Christmas looking one last years sometime when they announced it.

  • Tatiana

    I'm probably too old that I shouldn't get excited about virtual pets, but I don't care. I adopted Coal ages ago, and this looks awesome.

  • Pocketnova

    Glad I adopted on early. I thought it would never happen.

  • ineptidude

    This explains those weird facebook stickers

  • toxiccheese

    I've never bothered with these kinds of simulations due to the freemium aspects. But I'll gladly pay to check it out as a full experience.

  • http://www.ebog.me/ ebog

    Finally the release date of this game. It really is what I expect over time, so great. These animals are so cute

  • Nycteris

    When this comes our I'll be tired of Tiny Death Star and ready for a new pet!

  • NetscapePizza

    How many years has this been in dev now?

    Can't possibly end up being a success.

  • countermind

    From a new email: "First, the news! This Wednesday on November 20th, Hatch will finally be available for $1.99 on the App Store, ready to hatch on your iPhone or iPod touch (iOS 6.1.3 or higher!) and move into your heart and home screen."

  • ryan.w

    20th is Wednesday not Thursday