As if fans of the Nintendo Switch weren't already overwhelmed with a trove of great games releasing this year, developer Obsidian Entertainment announced today that its upcoming Sci-Fi RPG The Outer Worlds will be receiving a port shortly after its initial release.
When the game was first announced, few would have considered a port to the Switch as a viable consideration. But with each passing day, we're seeing more and more how well Nintendo’s console can handle these games. Ever since The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was announced as an upcoming port to the Switch, it seems that the sky is the limit with regards to what we can see on the portable console.
#TheOuterWorlds, the upcoming single-player sci-fi RPG from Obsidian Entertainment and Private Division, is coming to #NintendoSwitch! Learn more about @OuterWorlds from the Senior Producer in this video. pic.twitter.com/b1wcmD07AA
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) July 30, 2019
Currently, The Outer Worlds has a launch date set for October 25 of this year for the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The specific timeline has not been specified for the Switch, as well as the open-ended description of other platforms, but the fact that we have been given an official announcement of the intent to port the game should be more than enough.
So far, the limited information we have of the game has been compared to Fallout: New Vegas, which was also developed by Obsidian. However, recently the developer stated that the game was less of a sandbox experience, and much more of an RPG with a meaningful story that players progress through in a specific order.
We've been seeing a bit of an odd trend lately with these Switch ports. The recently launched Spyro Reignited Trilogy was criticized at launch for lacking certain expected features, and for requiring a substantial day-one download for a number of maps in the second and third games.
Meanwhile, the upcoming Nintendo Switch version looks to have a far smaller game size, and potentially no download required at all. This means that while the PS4 version is currently around 36 Gb in size, down from roughly 60 Gb at launch, the Switch version will be less than 8 Gb, if it can fit on the standard cartridge.
It will be curious to compare not only performance between the different versions of the The Outer Worlds, but also the total file size. An unexpected benefit to porting games to the Switch appears to be that developers can shrink the size of the files down considerably. That's certainly a good thing, as most players would have a hard time justifying a 30 Gb download for the upcoming Spyro, to say nothing of 60 Gb.