The fan-favorite swashbuckling adventure is here!

Avast, ye scallywags! We are overjoyed to announce that Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, Metacritic’s highest-rated entry in the Shantae series, is now available to download natively on PlayStation 5! Loaded with hair-whipping action, island-hopping exploration, thrilling platforming, and high-seas hijinks, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is rated T by the ESRB and is priced at $19.99 as a PS5 purchase or is available as a free upgrade for owners of the PlayStation 4 version. Check out the trailer here!

Originally released in 2014, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is the third installment in the series, which finds the heroic Shantae teaming up with her nemesis, the nefarious Risky Boots, in order to save Sequin Land from an evil curse. Though deprived of her Half-Genie magic, Shantae embraces her inner pirate and acquires new ability-granting Pirate Gear — a Flintlock Pistol, Pirate Hat, Scimitar, Risky’s Boots, and Cannon — to help her on her way as she visits diverse islands that range from scorching deserts to frigid peaks to a bone-chilling underworld.

You’ll race through haunted wastelands, stealthily escape an ancient temple, solve puzzles, battle epic bosses, overcome challenging labyrinths, and meet a weird and wonderful cast of characters. Other features include incredible pixel artwork, an unforgettable soundtrack, upgradable abilities, hidden collectibles, multiple endings, and an unlockable Pirate Mode that lets you start the game with all Pirate Gear. The PS5 version also includes PlayStation-specific features, such as Trophies and Activity functionality.

Described by IGN upon its initial release as possessing “a sharp wit and bold style” that “helps Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse stand above its retro-inspired contemporaries,” Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is the fifth of several WayForward legacy titles making the jump to PlayStation 5, following Shantae and the Seven Sirens, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition, Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut, and River City Girls. The original Shantae (2002) is also planned to arrive on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 in the coming months, with the physical version available to purchase through Oct. 9, 2022 at

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Key Features:
•Gain new abilities by acquiring pirate gear: the Flintlock Pistol, Pirate Hat, Scimitar, Risky’s Boots, and Cannon!
•Visit exotic locales with unique enemies and hazards, from tropical Saliva Island to frigid Frostbite Island to the haunting Village of Lost Souls
•Solve puzzles and overcome traps in labyrinths guarded by challenging bosses
•A hilarious cast of new and returning characters, including Rottytops, Sky, Bolo, and Squid Baron
•Find collectibles, buy upgrades, discover secrets, track down sinister Cacklebats, and more!

Name: Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse
Publisher/Developer: WayForward
Release Date: September 27, 2022
Platform: PlayStation 5
Players: 1
Price: $19.99