During the Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival earlier today in Europe, Square Enix discussed a possible version of the game for Switch. All that was said right now is that it’s under “consideration”.
Previously, in August 2015, Naoki Yoshida, the director and producer mentioned that Square Enix was open to putting Final Fantasy XIV on Switch, and that was when it was still called NX. It seems like things are moving along for it to happen bit it isn’t final yet.
Recently there have been stories of the Switch being bought before launch. Now though, we have a reason for why this happened.
Nintendo put out the following statement.
“Earlier this week, individuals claimed to prematurely purchase a small number of Nintendo Switch systems from an unspecified retailer. Nintendo has determined these units were stolen in an isolated incident by employees of a U.S. distributor, with one system being illegally resold. The individuals involved have been identified, terminated from their place of employment and are under investigation by local law enforcement authorities on criminal charges.
Nintendo Switch will launch worldwide on March 3, 2017, and we look forward to everyone being able to discover the wonders of the new system for themselves at that time.”
It is good that they have been terminated from their employment and I hope they face the full extent of the law. These people cause more trouble than they realize.
The Rouge Squadron were excellent games for the Nintendo GameCube, as well as Rouge Squadron 2 being a Killer App at launch. The developer of the series, Factor 5 has gone through some bad times lately when it comes to games, but it seems they still love the series.
Liam Robertson of Unseen64 has noted that that several ex- Factor 5 developers were on board to help bring the games to the Switch when GameCube Virtual Console games come.
He does note though that this would require Disney and Nintendo working out a deal, which does mean it is not a huge possibility. Still with the devs on board and pushing for it, this could very well happen.
Ex Factor 5 developer: Julian and others are totally on board to help bring Rogue Squadron to GC VC if other parties are willing.
Super Bomberman R’s official website has laid out details for the multiplayer options the game has to offer.
Fpr local play, you can have up to eight controllers paired with the Switch for an 8-player battle. However you can also pair two controllers to four Switch systems to play with eight players, so you don’t need to only do it one way,
For the online play, you are able to pair two controllers to four Switches connected to the internet, and then participate in an 8-player battle that way as well.
Some new information has come out about Super Bomberman R that may surprise some people. The official GDC 2017 site lists Super Bomberman R as one of the playable games developed with the Unity engine. It is a bit strange that rather than going with internal tools, Konami and HexaDrive decided to use a third-party engine.
The bigger news here however, is that this confirms Unity will be supported Day One on the Switch. Hopefully this will help development of more Switch games go quickly.
Epic Games has released a new update for the Unreal Engine 4. The update, 4.15, makes Switch an officially supported platform of the engine and adds “early support” for creating Switch titles.
However, Epic Games does say that it’s “still considered experimental in this release.” It will not be till the next big update comes, that the engine is planned to be “in a shippable state”. Epic has been pushing that Unreal Engine works with the Switch, and we have seen Switch games announced that will run on the engine such as the upcoming Shin Megami Tensei game.
In a recent interview with Game Informer, Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma was asked if Nintendo would be merging the console Zelda and handheld Zelda teams now that the Switch will serve as a successor to both lines of systems. There has traditionally been two teams working on different styles of games, for example Skyward Sword and A Link Between Worlds, both of which produce high quality games, but with a different direction in mind.
Aonuma answered by pointing out that combining the two teams would not speed up the development process and reiterated that the two teams have different approaches to game development. Anouma stated that rather than combine the two teams, he would like them both to work on Zelda games and build on what they have done previously in their projects for the Switch.
When asked directly if there would be a handheld style Zelda game on the Switch, Anouma responded that it was “Definitely a Possibility”. This is a good thing, as it would be a big loss to not have that second line of creativity for Zelda.
Nintendo has revealed DLC is coming to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,.
There will b an Expansion Pass for the game at launch for $19.99 / £17.99 / €19.99. By buying it, you will receive three new treasure chests that can be found at the Great Plateau. One contains a shirt with a Switch logo that Link can wear, which is exclusive to the Expansion Pass. Nintendo has said that “The other two will deliver useful items.”
The first DLC pack launches around this summer. It will come with the following: A Cave of Trials challenge, a new hard mode, & a new feature for the in-game map.
The second pack will come at the holidays. Thus DLC adds “new challenges that will let players enjoy a new dungeon and a new original story.”
Nintendo has stated that the Expansion Pass will be available for both the Switch and Wii U versions of the game.
Nintendo said the following about the DLC announcement.
“The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U consoles is one of the largest, most engaging video games Nintendo has ever created. While the main game offers players an engrossing quest that will keep them entertained for hours, as well as the freedom to explore the vast Hyrule at their own pace, the game world provides a rich canvas that offers the opportunity for additional adventures. As a result, the first-ever downloadable content for the main-line Legend of Zelda series is in development.”
With regards to the Switch, Gamefly had stated previously that they had no plans to offer Switch games for rent. This was not due to any lack of desire to work with Nintendo, but rather due to not having heard anything from the Big N. However, the situation has since changed and Gamefly has heard back from Nintendo.
The company responded to a fan on twitter, by revealing that now that they have heard back from Nintendo, they plan to offer Switch games for rental purposes. Gamefly will have a full database of available games starting tomorrow, although they did not specify a time. This is great news for Nintendo as they need to be able to get their games out to as many people as possible. Having their games available through Gamefly is a great way to get this done.
This is not a confirmation that it will be happening, but it seems Nicalis either wants it to happen, or is slowly letting us know it will be coming. Will you buy a physical copy on the Switch should it come?