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New The Outer Worlds Nintendo Switch release date confirmed

Obsidian Entertainment’s intergalactic RPG, The Outer Worlds, gets a confirmed Nintendo Switch release date.

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Obsidian Entertainment’s intergalactic RPG, The Outer Worlds, gets a confirmed Nintendo Switch release date.

Updated: March 31, 2020

Two months ago, we reported the news that the Nintendo Switch release date of The Outer Worlds had been pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time, the virus was mostly impacting East Asia, with porting studio Virtuous forced to close its doors.

It seemed surprising at the time. It’s true of any health scare that any extreme steps taken at the start appear draconian, then when the worst hits, people will question why leaders didn’t act sooner. (And once it’s all blown over, people will say it was a fuss over nothing. You can’t win with public opinion.)

But eight weeks on – following the surge in cases in the US, UK, and continental Europe – the delay of The Outer Worlds just looks like the canary in the coalmine. We’ve seen the cancellation of GDC, EGX Rezzed, and E3 2020, with other events and game release dates falling like dominos since.

Some good news at the end of the tunnel, though: The Outer Worlds Nintendo Switch release now has a date, again.

The Outer Worlds Nintendo Switch release date has been set for June 5, 2020. As we reported earlier, the delay means that the boxed, retail release will now include a cartridge in the box, rather than just a key to redeem from the Nintendo eShop. There’ll still be a day one patch that “could be up to 6 GB”, but that’s not surprising in this day and age. It’s even less surprising when the video game production supply chain is under increased strain at the moment.

Original story: January 30, 2020

Obsidian Entertainment and publisher Private Division have announced that sci-fi RPG The Outer Worlds will touch down on Nintendo Switch on March 6, 2020.

The game will be released via the Nintendo eShop and as a boxed release that contains a download voucher. At the time of writing, it’s not known how large the game’s file size will be. We do know that it’s priced at $59.99 / €59.99 / £49.99 / AU$ 89.99.

Released on Xbox, PC, and PS4 in October, The Outer Worlds was slightly overshadowed by last year’s breakout RPG hit Disco Elysium, but it was well-reviewed by critics and in consideration for Game of the Year at many outlets. If you feel nostalgic for the likes of Mass Effect, Fallout 3, or Obsidian’s own Fallout: New Vegas, you’ll likely enjoy the studio’s latest role-playing adventure.

The Nintendo Switch version is being handled by Virtuos Games who previously worked on the acclaimed Switch ports of L.A. Noire and Dark Souls Remastered. The studio’s work certainly gives us confidence that the game will be up to scratch from a technical perspective.

Last month Obsidian also announced that the game will receive new story DLC later this year.


This article features reporting from Daniel New and Tom Baines.

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