After the Switch port of Obsidian’s RPG The Outer Worlds was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic affecting development, the game’s Nintendo debut finally has a new release date.
Originally planned to launch in March, The Outer Worlds will now come to Nintendo’s handheld/console hybrid on June 5, both digitally on the Nintendo eShop, as well as physically at retail. While there were originally reports that The Outer Worlds wouldn’t come with an actual cartridge to put in your system (as even the game’s original box art said as much), Obsidian has stated this will not be the case when the game finally launches in June. Those who are planning on getting the game on a Switch cartridge should keep in mind that the game will be coming with a 6 GB day one patch, and while that is chump change for most other platforms, if you don’t have a pretty sizeable SD card then that can take a fair bit of the Switch’s internal memory.
Here’s Obsidian’s full announcement on the studio’s website:
“We wanted to share an exciting update that we plan on launching The Outer Worlds for the Nintendo Switch on June 5th, 2020. As we prepare for another arrival of new colonists, we have some very important information for those making this journey, specifically for you colonists who prefer your goods in physical form: The retail version The Outer Worlds comes on a physical cartridge, and it will be accompanied by a day one patch that could be up to 6 GB. This patch will optimize gameplay, provide additional hi-res textures, and include other fixes to provide the employees of Halcyon with the best gameplay experience. Please ensure you have planned accordingly and have available space necessary for the patch.
The Outer Worlds for Nintendo Switch will retail for $59.99 digitally and physically. We appreciate your dedication to the Board. And remember: it’s not the best choice, it’s Spacer’s Choice!”
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The Outer Worlds Switch port is being developed by Virtuos Games, and is one of the many projects in the industry being affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Whether it be in delays like this and the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch, events like E3 and GDC being delayed or cancelled for the year, or the closing of GameStop stores to the public. While the last of that might be hilarious to those who have their various grievances with the video game chain store, let’s all keep in mind that people’s lives are being affected by all of these delays, closings, and cancellations, and the real enemies here are people who are preying on those who are at their lowest right now.
If you’re thinking about jumping on The Outer Worlds train when it comes to Switch, be sure to check out our guides, like this one that gives you some general tips to get started.