Dark Souls Remastered Gets An Official Nintendo Switch Release Date

Bandai Namco and From Software have finally detailed the release date for Dark Souls: Remastered on the Nintendo Switch. The game has been delayed by a great deal for Nintendo's little hybrid console, but we now have an idea of when the game will be launching months after Dark Souls: Remastered came out for the other platforms. While the delay likely won't deter enthusiastic Nintendo fans from wanting to dive into the game as soon as possible, if you own a Nintendo Switch you'll still have to wait a while before the game finally makes its way to the Nintendo eShop and a brick and mortar retail store near you.

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The official Bandai Namco Twitter account revealed that Dark Souls: Remastered will be available for the Nintendo Switch starting October 19th, 2018. This is a long ways off from the release of the original Dark Souls: Remastered that came out earlier this year for the Xbox One and PS4. The game's remastered edition debuted back in May of this year. So there will have been a five-month delay between the other home consoles' and the Nintendo Switch version of the game, which will surely affect the game's sales on the Switch.

The real question is whether or not Nintendo fans have held off long enough to purchase the Switch version instead of the version on the other home consoles, or if Switch owners forfeited playing the updated PC version of the game instead.

Either way, you'll have to wait until this fall before you can play Dark Souls: Remastered for the Switch, where it will come out during one of the most crowded and jam-packed times of the year.

On the upside for Nintendo Switch users, there will be an online stress test for the game ahead of its October 19th release. Unfortunately we don't know when exactly this stress test will take place but obviously it will likely run between the end of August and some point in September so that the team has time to make some fine adjustments ahead of the game's release. It's also cutting it really close because the game should be going gold at this point for the Switch, and if there are any last minute network adjustments that need to be made on the user's side, then they'll have to be done before copies start shipping out to the retailers.

Dark Souls: Remastered is a complete collection of the original release of the game that came out back in 2011. The updated version runs at 60fps on the PS4 and Xbox One, along with support upscaled 4K resolutions for the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, while the PC version supports native 4K output.

The Switch version, however, will only run at 30fps, which is equivalent to the original Dark Souls, and the tablet mode will run equivalent to the standard 2011 edition with 720p support. The TV mode will output at 1080p, however. You'll also receive the DLC that came out for the game, and increased online multiplayer support for up to six players.

You'll have to stay tuned in for details on when the online multiplayer stress test will take place for Dark Souls: Remastered ahead of the Switch's October release.

Staff Writer at CinemaBlend.