It was just a matter of time before From Software's hardcore action-RPG was going to make its way to the Nintendo Switch. Well, during the miniature Nintendo Direct that took place this morning, Nintendo revealed that Dark Souls: Remastered is, in fact, coming to the Nintendo Switch.
The news went live via the Nintendo Direct over on the official Nintendo website. The remastered version of the game will feature the original game that came out back in 2011 for the Xbox 360 and PS3. It was From Software's first entry in the medieval-Gothic RPG series under the Bandai Namco publishing label after originally releasing Demon Souls for the PS3 under Sony's label.
The remastered version of the game will not only contain the base game but will also feature the Artorias of the Abyss DLC along with improved frame-rates so you won't have to worry about the game dipping well below the 25fps standard, which happened frequently at certain points in the game on the Xbox 360 and PS3, due to both consoles not being able to handle the game properly. From Software will also be improving the game's resolution on the Nintendo Switch version, which is something most gamers probably didn't expect from a hardware-intensive game being ported to the Switch.
This is also the first time ever that a Dark Souls game is being made available for a Nintendo platform, but it also marks the first time that the original game will also be made available for the PS4 and Xbox One. That's right, all three consoles will be receiving the game come May 25th, 2018 later this year during the spring.
Unfortunately, we did not get to see the actual game in action with any real-time gameplay footage during the Nintendo Direct. Instead, there was just a cinematic with foreboding music playing in the background while the camera slowly panned up to a pyre. Once the camera steadied the pyre was lit aflame while a hero stood over it, which is usually one of the most defining images of Dark Souls given that players save their games at the campfires.
There's no telling exactly what new features will be added specifically to the Nintendo Switch version, though. The major selling point for many of the Switch's titles is being able to make use of the HD Rumble, or the touchscreen controls, or the motion controls. Adding motion-controlled combat to Dark Souls could be a huge selling point for the game if From Software decided to add that feature to the remastered edition of the game.
Given the Switch's design, I'm also curious how the game will look visually? The Switch's GPU is designed to give games a much brighter and more vibrant look compared to the PS4 and Xbox One counterparts, so it will be interesting to see how a game as dark as Dark Souls looks on the Switch when it arrives on May 25th.