Spelunker's best friend

Square Enix's troll train chugs along another day, as the company has revealed that Spelunker Z is the PlayStation 4 exclusive that it teased earlier in the week. The free-to-play title, which is based upon the 1983 platformer originally designed by Tim Martin, will release on 19th March. It'll feature online multiplayer for up to six players, character customisation, and much more.

This version will allow you to bring pets out into the caves with you, each of which will have unique abilities. Furthermore, there'll be Lithographic Seeds for you to collect, which will enable you to improve the relatively weak statistics of your character. Given that the game is a complimentary download, expect plenty of paid upgrades to put in an appearance, too.

Alright, it may not be what many of you were expecting, but Spelunker HD was great fun on the PlayStation 3, and this looks like a decent distraction between big games. Naturally, there's no word on a Western release just yet – but we're fully expecting this to bundle its way onto European and North American shores eventually.

[source gematsu.com, via dualshockers.com]