The Outer Worlds' port to the Nintendo Switch has been through a few ups and downs since its surprise announcement. At first, fans were excited to hear they'd be able to play Obsidian's latest RPG on Nintendo's hybrid console. Then, there was some disappointment that the physical copies would only hold a download code. Now, after a delay due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, The Outer Worlds—both physical cartridges and digital copies—has a release date for the Switch: June 5, 2020.
Nintendo, Obsidian, and publishers Private Division announced the release date this morning via Twitter. Obsidian's website has more details on the release: the physical copies will come as cartridges, but there will also be a day one patch to "optimize gameplay, provide additional hi-res textures, and include other fixes" that could be up to 6 GB.
In early February, Private Division announced that The Outer Worlds would get a Switch cartridge release alongside the news of the Switch version delay. Originally scheduled to be released in early March, work was stalled as a result of the coronavirus outbreak forcing the temporary closure of Virtuos, the Shanghai-based developer spearheading the port.
Both the digital and physical versions of The Outer Worlds for the Switch will retail for $59.99. We still haven't seen much of the port in action, but hopefully it lives up to the experience that left co-director Leonard Boyarsky "very, very surprised," upon seeing Virtuous' proof of concept.
Private Division is a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive, which also owns 2K Games. One week before The Outer World makes its way to Nintendo's platform, 2K will also release three massive port collections for the Switch: one for the BioShock series, one for Borderlands, and a third for XCOM 2.