Bandai Namco's upcoming Dark Souls Remastered may have been delayed for the Nintendo Switch, but it doesn't mean that it won't be receiving the same network test as the other consoles. In fact, Bandai Namco confirmed that despite the delay the Switch will still receive a network test ahead of its release.
The news was originally posted up over on the official Dark Souls Twitter account, where in a Twitter thread it was revealed that following the delay for the Nintendo Switch version of Dark Souls Remastered, there would be a network test for the online portions of the game across the PlayStation Network for the PS4 and Xbox Live for the Xbox One. Those tests will go according to plan ahead of the release of the game on May 25th next month.
Due to the delay of the Nintendo Switch version of the game, a network test will not happen alongside the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game, but it will still happen. In fact, the Nintendo Switch network test will be revealed at a later date.
In all likelihood, we'll probably see the official dates become available after the official release date is made public for the Nintendo Switch version of the game.
This comes just around the same time that Bandai Namco announced that PC gamers who already own Dark Souls: Prepare to Die will receive a discount for the Dark Souls Remastered edition, bringing the original price down by a small percentage. Bandai has plans on removing the original PC release from the Steam store, but PC gamers will still be able to download and install the original version if they already have it in their library. The old version will be replaced with Dark Souls Remastered, which will supposedly contain all of the fixes and upgrades that were present in the DSFix modification made by Durante.
Right now a lot of gamers are questioning which version of the game they should game: should they bite the bullet and get it on PC, or settle for the more stable PS4 and Xbox One versions? Others are wondering if it's worth waiting for the Nintendo Switch port, whose compatibility and playability is completely up in the air.
Usually, the biggest drawback for Switch ports is that there can be performance issues when it comes to the portable mode. Various other games have also been delayed in order to accommodate the switch between the TV mode and the portable mode.
Things could get even hairier if there are performance gaps between the network capability and the portable mode for Dark Souls Remastered on Switch. On the upside, at least Bandai Namco is taking time out to hold some network tests to get the game running clean and pristine when it finally comes time for it to launch at some point later this year. Now all Switch owners have to do is wait for the dates to drop for the official network tests.