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Report: ‘Dark Souls III’ could come to the Nintendo Switch

If you’re a glutton for punishment, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve played Dark Souls III. But why limit your self-esteem-killing play sessions to just your house? A new report suggests that you won’t have to anymore, as the game could be making its way to the Nintendo Switch.

Let’s Play Video Games’ Laura Dale, who has previously broken news on the Nintendo Switch’s design as well as rumored launch titles, reported that developer From Software has already gotten a version of Dark Souls III running on the Switch with “a level of performance they are happy with.” The port has been in development for “several months via a small team,” according to the report.

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The game isn’t a sure thing for the console at this point, as the studio apparently wants to make sure there is a large enough install base to warrant such a project, but should Dark Souls III make its way to the Nintendo Switch, it will likely ship with all downloadable content already included. This would release the same day as “game of the year” editions for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

From Software is considering porting the first two games to the Switch as well, also with downloadable content included. This seems to be a relatively simple project for the second game, but the original Dark Souls hasn’t been remastered for the current console generation.

Outside of the “remote play” function between the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, there isn’t a very good way to play a “Souls-like” game on the go right now. Ska Studio’s 2D action game Salt and Sanctuary is the closest we’ve seen, as it uses a similar “candle” and “salt” system to replicate the bonfires and souls of From Software’s series. Its Vita version, however, still remains unreleased months after the PlayStation 4 and Windows versions went on sale, with a planned release window of early 2017.