At E3 2019, the Microsoft conference offered a closer look at The Outer Worlds. It’s a new first-person RPG from Obsidian Entertainment showing off a beautiful experience that looks distinctly reminiscent of Fallout: New Vegas, but as a fresh IP. It was previously confirmed for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. In a surprise announcement, however, Obsidian senior producer Matthew Singh has made a video with Nintendo to reveal The Outer Worlds will come to Nintendo Switch following its release on other consoles. Obsidian will bring the game to Switch in partnership with Virtuos.
#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
Among other things, Singh says the following:
I’ve been a lifetime Nintendo fan ever since I was three. I’ve had the NES, all the way through every single console, and every single handheld. I’m super excited to be able to take the type of experience that we have, and be able to finally play it on a handheld platform. […] Hopefully we can find a new audience [of] people who may not have even had these types of experiences before.
So it sounds like Singh bleeds Nintendo red, like all of us at Nintendo Enthusiast. In any case, this is terrific and unexpected news. Watch the full video to listen to Singh describe the game’s unique mechanics, such as the “Flaw” system that gives your character a unique, persistent problem that actually ends up enriching the gameplay. An (darkly) amusing example given is of a character who gets a concussion, the ramifications of which stay with him/her so your character speaks differently than other characters.
The Outer Worlds releases for other consoles on Oct. 25, so expect the Switch version from Virtuos some time after that. And if you can’t wait that long, don’t forget that Obsidian’s Pillars of Eternity hits Switch next month.