Ubisoft's South Park: The Fractured But Whole managed to make a mark on home consoles and PC when the long-delayed game finally came out last fall. However, there's a new trend among gamers: asking for Nintendo Switch ports. So, could Ubisoft's raunchy title make the leap to the Switch?
Well, according to Game Informer, there's a listing over on the Australian retail outlet called Sanity that shows South Park: The Fractured But Whole for the Nintendo Switch. The game is listed for $89.99 and has a tentative shipping date of March 13th, 2018.
Game Informer notes that the March 13th date falls on a Tuesday, which is typically when most major AAA titles release. However, many games have been switching to the Friday release. Even still, Tuesday and Friday are the two major days that AAA titles release on, so there's a lot of hope that this retailer listing could be true.
However, retailer listings have been wrong in the past just as often as they've been right. So it's a complete toss up whether or not an Australian outlet is correct in its listing. At the moment, it's still up and active, so maybe Ubisoft has yet to get around to contacting them or not enough people know about it to have made the change.
What's interesting here is that the listing on Sanity for South Park: The Fractured But Whole has the full game description and the gameplay features listed out. It seems doubtful that someone from the outlet decided to copy over a Ubisoft press release just for the sake of it, and it also seems unlikely that someone who wasn't familiar with the game would know to copy over the press release. Typically there are embargoes on this kind of info when the publishers send out the press release, and so when a game has a full description, pricing details and a release date on a retailer's page it's because the publisher sent the outlet those details.
There's a strong likelihood, then, that Sanity may have mistakenly jumped the gun with the embargo and listed the game ahead of Ubisoft's announcement for the Nintendo Switch version.
Also, for those of you worried about whether or not the game could even fit or run on the Switch, Game Informer points out that the Snowdrop Engine, which powers South Park: The Fractured But Whole and The Division, is the same engine that also powers Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle for the Nintendo Switch. This means that the groundwork for performance handling on Nintendo's platform is already scaled within the Snowdrop engine. At this point, Ubisoft would just have to port over the game and get it snuggled in nice and tight into the 32GB cartridge.
The game originally came out last October for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC, following a string of delays that set the game behind in its original release.
Given how fast and how many units Nintendo is moving of the Switch, it would be wise to attract as many different gamers from as many different demographic market segments as possible, and a game like South Park: The Fractured But Whole could definitely lure in the older gaming crowd to Nintendo's platform.
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