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SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated will be playable for the first time at Gamescom

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Fans of early 2000s platformers rejoiced when THQ Nordic announced a revival of everyone's favorite SpongeBob game, SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated (opens in new tab). The game will be playable for the first time at Gamescom next month. 

THQ Nordic released their full line (opens in new tab) up for the show and Battle of Bikini Bottom is center stage. "The battle is on! Be among the first to play the remake of the sponge-tastic cult classic!" it reads. We'll finally get the chance to see if the remake lives up to the original.

Gamescom is the biggest gaming convention in the world, having more than 370,000 people attending the show in 2018. If you're heading out to Cologne for the bikini bottom party between August 20 and 24, be sure to come prepared for big crowds and long lines. 

16 years after the original game launched on GameCube and other platformers, THQ Nordic is putting out a new version of the game for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Here's the official description from the announcement trailer:

"Are you ready, kids? The cult classic is back, faithfully remade in spongetastic splendor! Play as SpongeBob, Patrick and Sandy and show the evil Plankton that crime pays even less than Mr. Krabs. Want to save Bikini Bottom from lots of rampant robots? Of course you do! Want to underpants bungee jump? Why wouldn't you! Want to join forces in a brand new multiplayer mode? The battle is on!"

Looking to revisit some other platformers after hearing about the return of SpongeBob? Check out the best platform games ever (that aren't Mario) (opens in new tab).

Aron Garst

Aron writes for Upcomer covering the video games and eSports industries in-depth. He was previously a freelancer whose work appeared in Wired, Rolling Stone, Washington Post, and GamesRadar, among others.