The Outer Worlds announced for Nintendo Switch

Out of the blue, developer Obsidian Entertainment has revealed that its upcoming sci-fi roleplaying game will make a journey to the Nintendo Switch star system.

Published by Private Division (whose parent company, Take-Two Interactive also owns 2K Games and Rockstar) The Outer Worlds was originally unveiled at The Game Awards 2018, but only for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Obsidian has confirmed that this newly announced Switch version of the space-faring RPG won’t launch alongside its counterparts on October 25th. The studio has yet to say how or if any features have been dropped or cut back to get The Outer Worlds running on Nintendo’s nifty handheld.

This version is being handled by Singapore-based studio, Virtuos, which has worked on a number of recent games ports and remasters including L.A. Noire, Starlink, Final Fantasy XII, XCOM, and Dark Souls.

Here’s some more info on the game itself:

The Outer Worlds is a new single-player first-person sci-fi RPG from Obsidian Entertainment and Private Division.

Lost in transit while on a colonist ship bound for the furthest edge of the galaxy, you awake decades later only to find yourself in the midst of a deep conspiracy threatening to destroy the Halcyon colony. As you explore the furthest reaches of space and encounter various factions, all vying for power, the character you decide to become will determine how this player-driven story unfolds. In the corporate equation for the colony, you are the unplanned variable.

Key Features

  • The player-driven story RPG: In keeping with the Obsidian tradition, how you approach The Outer Worlds is up to you. Your choices affect not only the way the story develops; but your character build, companion stories, and end game scenarios.
  • You can be flawed, in a good way: New to The Outer Worlds is the idea of flaws. A compelling hero is made by the flaws they carry with them. While playing The Outer Worlds, the game tracks your experience to find what you aren’t particularly good at. Keep getting attacked by Raptidons? Taking the Raptiphobia flaw gives you a debuff when confronting the vicious creatures, but rewards you with an additional character perk immediately. This optional approach to the game helps you build the character you want while exploring Halcyon.
  • Lead your companions: During your journey through the furthest colony, you will meet a host of characters who will want to join your crew. Armed with unique abilities, these companions all have their own missions, motivations, and ideals. It’s up to you to help them achieve their goals, or turn them to your own ends.
  • Explore the corporate colony: Halcyon is a colony at the edge of the galaxy owned and operated by a corporate board. They control everything… except for the alien monsters left behind when the terraforming of the colony’s two planets didn’t exactly go according to plan. Find your ship, build your crew, and explore the settlements, space stations, and other intriguing locations throughout Halcyon.

Source: Press release

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  1. Should be a good port from what i’ve seen of the Switch games. Not my format of choice though. Gonna stick with the PlayStation.

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