Four-player cooperative third-person shooter World War Z is officially coming to Switch, courtesy of The (S)Witcher 3 port masters Saber Interactive. World War Z is a very intense game – it supports four-player online play and often has hundreds of psychotic zombies filling the screen at a time. It’s not an obvious choice for a Switch port, especially considering the technical prowess that must be necessary for the port to be even remotely functional. Saber CEO Matt Karch echoed that sentiment, telling IGN that the Switch port is “the hardest thing that we have had to do.” He elaborated a bit more, saying the following:
“The biggest challenge was finding which compromises could be made to the game which wouldn’t have a significant impact on the visuals. We needed to make sure the game looked great, fit into the Switch’s memory and ran at a solid frame rate. There was really no single factor which made this a reality. We experimented constantly for the first few months until we found that balance. Keep in mind that we are rendering scenes with hundreds of enemies and four players online. Getting [World War Z] to run on the Switch is the hardest thing that we have had to do – this is true even though we are porting our own [Swarm] engine over to the platform.”
World War Z on Switch does not have any current release window, but we’ll be sure to update you when something more concrete is revealed. In the meantime, we’ll be keeping an eye on Saber Interactive for updates as they approach what must be an incredibly challenging port. Against all odds, they made The Witcher 3 work, so maybe they can surprise us even more here and make the Switch chug along with hundreds of World War Z zombies on screen at a time. How do you think it’ll pan out?