The retro-inspired indie racer Horizon Chase Turbo (not to be confused with Forza Horizon) will be skidding its way onto the Nintendo Switch very soon. Developed by Aquiris Game Studio, this stylized title mimics the classic racing games from earlier generations like Out Run, when developers used pseudo-3D techniques to give the illusion of a realistic driving perspective. Horizon Chase Turbo also has a low-poly aesthetic to its visuals to match that of early true-3D racing games like Virtua Racing.
Geek + Retro recently conducted an interview with the creator, and the topic of the Switch version came up.
During this interview, it was confirmed that the game will sport a full 1080p resolution on Switch (in docked mode) and it will also play at 60 frames per second. Once undocked, the game scales down to 720p to match the Switch’s screen resolution, but will still retain the same 60 FPS performance. Once playing in split-screen mode, though, this will cause the framerate to jump between 30 – 60 FPS with 3-4 players. Despite the performance reduction, the creator confirmed that the visual quality will not be touched.
In terms of how the overall porting process went, the Horizon Chase Turbo dev echoed the sentiments of many other creators that have brought their games over to Switch, saying that “it was not really hard”. Even so, he did mention that the team ran into one real hurdle—CPU performance. This was mainly an issue for the split-screen multiplayer, thus requiring the team to rewrite “a lot of code” in order to balance performance between the docked and undocked modes. Horizon Chase Turbo on Switch will make use of the HD Rumble functionality found in the Joy-Con and Pro Controller but lacks motion controls.
I’ve already played through the game over on PC, and have found it to be pretty fun. Thus, I’m looking forward to seeing how the Switch version turns out. On top of that, the Switch needs more racing titles anyway, so that makes this even more interesting. Horizon Chase Turbo will speed onto the Switch eShop on November 27, 2018.