Publisher Dear Villagers and indie developer Modern Storyteller have surprise-announced that The Forgotten City – Cloud Version is available now for streaming on the Nintendo Switch eShop for $29.99 / €29,99 / £24.99. The game is a time-looping murder mystery with deep philosophical elements that released to considerable acclaim on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X back in July. The Forgotten City had been previously announced to arrive on Nintendo Switch as well, but the fact that it is a streaming cloud version appears to be new information. A demo of the game is also being made available on the eShop so you can test how your internet connection handles the game.
The Forgotten City originally began life as a free Skyrim mod that was downloaded over 3 million times, and the positive response prompted the developers to remake the title from scratch with a grander vision using Unreal Engine. You select your own gender, origin, and backstory to start, and the game takes place in an underground city during the days of the Roman Empire, where 23 “lost souls” live complicated lives: “In this precarious utopia, if one person breaks the mysterious Golden Rule, everyone dies. Players must relive the city’s final moments in an endless loop, changing the course of the day with each secret they uncover.” Despite the fantastical elements present in The Forgotten City, relevant historical experts helped Modern Storyteller to authentically depict art, architecture, costumes, and customs of the era.
As far as gameplay goes, The Forgotten City – Cloud Version on Switch challenges you with life-and-death moral dilemmas, and there are many different approaches to tackling its assorted problems, “including reason, charm, bribery, intimidation, violence, or by cleverly exploiting the time loop.” Since unraveling the mystery is a non-linear experience, there are several different endings to discover. Basically, this is a great game for people who love to use their brains.
No new trailer has been released at this time to show how The Forgotten City – Cloud Version looks when it’s streaming on Nintendo Switch, but there is a cute little GIF. Hey, it’s better than nothing!
There is also the launch trailer for the game from when it released on other platforms, which will at least give you an indication of what playing the game is like.
For more about Modern Storyteller, check out the chat it had with sister site The Escapist.