A few weeks ago, Saber Interactive revealed that its hit off-roading simulator SnowRunner would be trucking onto the Nintendo Switch soon. The studio released a few screenshots at the time, which painted a relatively decent picture of how the port looks. But now, we get to see it in motion. The results are actually kind of surprising:
The reason why I referred to this as being “surprising” is because I legitimately couldn’t tell if I was looking at real SnowRunner Switch footage or footage that was recorded from another platform. That sort of thing has happened in the past, namely with games like Xenon Racer. But, this is, by all means, the true Switch build of SnowRunner and it looks great.
SnowRunner is stacking up well on Switch
Some of the drawbacks that I’ve spotted are reduced resolution (as evidenced by the aliasing), along with lower texture quality (take particular note of trees, especially in the distance). Even so, the sim still seems to provide a really decent level of visual fidelity for a Switch port. With other titles like WRC 9 looking exceptionally muddy, SnowRunner is a much better showing of the Switch’s hardware. Its predecessor, MudRunner, was also an impressive Switch port. It looks like the developers have gotten even better at handling the Switch in the few years since then, which is always great to see.
This trailer also seems to show the framerate being rather smooth. Of course, this was merely a montage of quick clips. Thus, this isn’t a perfect representation of the port in its totality. But, if it behaves in-game most of the time as well as it did here in the trailer, then that will be great.
SnowRunner will skid onto the Nintendo Switch both physically and digitally on May 16. It can be pre-ordered right now and will be sold as both the Standard Edition and Premium Edition (which includes the full game and Season Pass). You can also choose to buy the Season Pass separately, perhaps later down the line.