Accolade has announced that its irrepressible 90s mascot Bubsy the Bobcat will, somewhat inexplicably, be returning in a brand-new game next year. But wait, no, come back! It sounds like this one could actually be good?!

Bubsy: Paws on Fire, as next year’s offering will be known, is actually the sixth Bubsy game to be released since the series’ inception in 1993. Bubsy’s debut title, Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind, was pretty well-received, but enthusiasm didn’t last long. Bubsy’s downhill trajectory reached its nadir around the time of his first 3D adventure for PlayStation in 1996, and last year’s baffling Bubsy revival – The Woolies Strike Back – was forgettable at best.

Presumably, however, there are enough people still invested in Bubsy’s plight to warrant this upcoming sixth outing – and, presumably, publisher Accolade wants better for its mascot than an eternity spent languishing in the depths of mediocrity. Because Bubsy’s in good hands for Paws on Fire, with the game being handled by Choice Provisions – the studio responsible for the excellent rhythm-platform series, Bit.Trip Runner.

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Source: Eurogamer Irrepressible 90s mascot Bubsy returns next year on Switch, PS4, and PC