Grid Autosport is making a comeback on Nintendo Switch, and lovely it looks too.
The Nintendo Switch is not blessed with top-tier racing games. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe remains the best of the bunch but it doesn’t offer much in the way of authenticity. Eden Games attempted to fill the gap with its two Gear.Club offerings, and although both are solid games, they are slightly hampered by their mobile roots.
The latest game to have a stab at giving the Switch a decent racing experience is a port of Grid Autosport from Codemasters. The well-received game was originally released for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 in 2014, and was notable for finding that magical sweet spot between simulation and arcade gameplay.
Feral Interactive brought the game to iOS last year, and is now handling the Nintendo Switch version, which is set for release next week. Based on the new trailer, this could be the racing game Switch owners have been waiting for.
It’s a handsome port that comes with a range of visual options. With the Switch docked you can choose between Graphical Mode, which runs at 30fps with extra visual effects, or Performance Mode, which bumps the frame rate up to 60fps in exchange for a slight reduction of detail.
YouTube channel, SwitchedOn, has released a video that compares both modes favourably and there are rumours of a day one patch that will improve the graphics even further. An energy saving mode is also available when playing handheld.
Other points to note include support for HD rumble, motion-controlled steering, and the game’s full suite of downloadable content. Online multiplayer is also coming to the game post-release.
Grid Autosport is released on September 19, 2019. Meanwhile, Feral Interactive is also working on a Nintendo Switch port of Creative Assembly’s sci-fi horror game Alien: Isolation.