Codemasters is finally supporting the Nintendo Switch with the release of GRID Autosport in 2019. It’s working along with Feral Interactive, who was responsible for porting the game over to iOS and macOS.
The studio included a gameplay trailer in its announcement, and the footage looks pretty good:
Take GRID Autosport on the road with Nintendo Switch – coming 2019! pic.twitter.com/SNYvhPrrqu
— Codemasters (@Codemasters) November 29, 2018
By the time GRID Autosport releases on Switch, it will be the first fully-fledged traditional racing simulator to come to the hybrid console. V-Rally 4 is the only other true racing-sim on the platform, but that’s an off-road racer.
While this is a pretty cool announcement for racing-sim fans that have been starving for content on Switch, it must be noted that GRID Autosport isn’t a particularly new game. It originally launched all the way back in 2014 as a late PS3/360 title. It also launched on Windows that same year.
Nevertheless, it’s still nice to see Codemasters formally recognizing the Switch. Interestingly, it was one of the studios that was included in Nintendo’s initial list of Switch third-party supporters. Even so, last year September the studio’s creative director, Lee Mather, gave a somewhat unenthusiastic answer when questioned about whether or not the studio had plans for the Switch. He did mention that they were considering it, but wouldn’t be porting over direct titles from the PS4 and Xbox One. It looks like Codemasters is sticking to that plan, as the studio has released many titles on PS4 and Xbox One recently, such as DiRT 4, F1 2018, and the upcoming DiRT Rally 2.0.
Another interesting thing to consider is that this is the first AAA release from the studio on a Nintendo console since F1 2011 was brought to the 3DS all the way back in 2011. Codemasters skipped the Wii U entirely. If this port of GRID Autosport turns out well enough, hopefully that will encourage the developers to bring more big games over to the Switch.
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.