On 25 October 2019, The Outer Worlds was released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC with the promise that the game would later be coming to the Nintendo Switch.
The Obsidian Entertainment creation is rich in story, lore, characters, customisations, and is aesthetically stunning. On 6 March 2020, Nintendo Switch players will finally be able to experience the planet-hopping space adventure.
There is, however, a slight catch: The Outer Worlds will not be a physical game for the Switch.
The Outer Worlds’ Switch release
While most big-name games come to the Nintendo Switch with the option for players to buy it in its physical form, The Outer Worlds will be a digital-only purchase.
According to the announcement by publisher Private Division, The Outer Worlds won’t have a physical release and will come to the eShop on 6 March for $60 (around £45).
To play the game, you’ll need to download the full game. In its current state on the PlayStation 4, The Outer Worlds takes up 39.16GB.
There’s a chance that the Switch version won’t be as heavy on storage if it’s been scaled down a bit for the Nintendo console, but it’ll likely still be quite a hefty download.
It seems like the publishers are launching The Outer Worlds as soon as they can to the Switch, which is great for players, but its release date clashes with another big incoming game.
The Outer Worlds will clash with a Pokémon release
On 6 March, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX launches on the Nintendo Switch. It currently has quite an extensive and entertaining demo available on the eShop and has gained a lot of popularity since the surprise announcement due to its well-publicised opening personality quiz.
That said, The Outer Worlds is certainly aimed at a different audience to the traditional audience of the new Pokémon Mystery Dungeon.
The next big release on the hybrid console is on 20 March, with the long-awaited Animal Crossing: New Horizons finally coming to the Switch.
There’ll be a bit of overlap for some Nintendo users, but other than that, there isn’t a downside to such an expansive and superb game like The Outer Worlds coming to the console – regardless of the release date.
With CD Projekt Red leading the way by porting The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to the hybrid console, and Obsidian Entertainment following suit, players will hope that this trend of big titles coming the Switch continues.