Publisher Private Division couldn’t wait to get on Twitter to announce The Outer Worlds new release date for the Nintendo Switch.
The New York-based publishing company revealed earlier this week that the game will be released next month, June 5, 2020.
The Switch port of the critically acclaimed first-person looter shooter was originally due on March 6, 2020.
The publisher cited the main reason for the setback being the closure of the Virtuos team office. While the Private Division did mention that the employees were safe, Virtuos were the ones who were working on The Outer Worlds port, which meant development would come to halt.
On a positive note, the publisher added that they would be releasing the Switch version’s physical edition as a cartridge, much to the delight of fans.
The Outer Worlds is an open-world action role-playing game (RPG) that uses a first-person perspective and features a branching decision-based story.
The non-linear title was developed by Obsidian Entertainment—the minds behind other wildly successful RPGs, including Neverwinter Nights 2, Fallout: New Vegas, and South Park: The Stick of Truth.
For those who think the sci-fi adventure gives off a distinct Fallout feel, that’s because Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky—creators of the renowned Fallout series—were brought in to be the directors of the project.
Development on the RPG began in May 2016 and was later teased by Obsidian in 2017. The Outer Worlds was properly announced during The Game Awards 2018, and was revealed to be Microsoft Store and Epic Games Store exclusives.
This didn’t sit too well with fans, however, since Steam users would have to wait at least a year before getting their hands on the title.
The Outer Worlds was eventually released on October 25, 2019, for Xbox One, Windows, and PlayStation 4.
Despite the controversy surrounding its exclusivity, The Outer Worlds debuted to widely positive reviews, with gamers and critics praising the game’s intricately well-written narrative and talented cast of voice actors.
The action title did receive some flak over its uninspired enemy design and simple combat but was generally well-loved overall. In 2019, the fan-favorite epic took home awards for “Best Original Game” and ” Best RPG.”
The Outer Worlds fared even better in 2020, garnering several awards including “Role-Playing Game of the Year,” “Most Promising New Intellectual Property,” and the National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers (NAVGTR) awards for character design and art direction.
Image courtesy of Outer Worlds/Twitter
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