Skip to main content

The Outer Worlds lands on Switch in March, but sequels could stick to Xbox

The Outer Worlds Ellie
Image used with permission by copyright holder

The Outer Worlds was one of 2019’s most acclaimed role-playing games, but it initially only launched on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. The promised Switch version will finally arrive this March, however, and it could very well be the only game in the new franchise on Nintendo’s console.

Releasing for $60 on March 6, The Outer Worlds will be available at retail and on Nintendo’s eShop. The retail version will not contain a game cartridge, and will instead carry only a download code. Considering the size of the game, players will need to make sure they have a MicroSD card to install the game unless they have next to nothing on the system already.

Though created on a smaller scale than the Fallout series — developer Obsidian Entertainment created Fallout: New Vegas The Outer Worlds draws clear inspiration from it in terms of its storytelling and world-building. Set in a remote area far from Earth that is under the direct control of a corporation, the game offers unique twists on the first-person role-playing formula. There is a system in place that cuts players’ stats based on mistakes they’ve made, for instance, while allowing for ability point gains to offset the reductions. Story-based DLC is coming this year.

The Outer Worlds - Official Launch Trailer

Obsidian Entertainment and publisher Private Division announced the Nintendo Switch version in 2019. This was after Microsoft acquired Obsidian, making it a first-party studio developing games alongside the rest of its internal teams. One of its upcoming projects is Grounded, a survival game planned for launch on Xbox One and PC this spring through the preview program, Microsoft’s “early access” system that allows players to purchase a game ahead of release.

Despite being a subsidiary, Obsidian Games could potentially still release games on competing platforms. Speaking to Game Informer in 2019, head of Xbox Game Studios Matt Booty said it hadn’t ruled out still offering first-party games on other platforms. This could include a sequel to The Outer Worlds if Microsoft determines that the game would benefit from the added platforms. Ori and the Blind Forest and Cuphead both eventually made their way to Nintendo Switch after launching as Microsoft exclusives, and the latter even received a special costume in Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Editors' Recommendations

Gabe Gurwin
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Gabe Gurwin has been playing games since 1997, beginning with the N64 and the Super Nintendo. He began his journalism career…
2023 gaming report card: how did PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo score?
The Xbox Series X and PS5

It's been a long year filled with massive games, but we've finally reached the end of 2023. There's no question that this year will be remembered as one of the all-time best for new releases -- and one of the worst for game creators -- but it's been a whirlwind 12 months for the "big three" console makers. PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo all had pivotal years, though in entirely different ways. While the Nintendo Switch took a victory lap, the PS5 entered an experimental era. The Xbox Series X, on the other hand, finally delivered the suite of exclusives fans had been waiting for ... with mixed results.

To reflect on such an eventful year, we've decided to take on the role of teacher and hand each company a final grade for 2023. We took several factors into account here. Exclusive games are a major component of the final grade, naturally, but we also looked at how well each system maintained its wider ecosystem. That includes supporting services like PS Plus and Game Pass and evaluating how new hardware changed how we play.

Read more
One of the best sci-fi games ever made is coming to Nintendo Switch next month
outer wilds nintendo switch indie world

During the November 2023 Indie World Showcase, it was revealed that many intriguing indie titles are coming to the Nintendo Switch over the next year. One of the show's biggest announcements was that Outer Wilds -- a critically acclaimed sci-fi game about exploring a solar system throughout repeating time loops -- is finally coming to the Nintendo Switch next month.

A Nintendo Switch port for Outer Wilds was first teased in 2021 and intended to be released during the summer of that year, but it did not make that release window. We did not hear much else about the port until now outside of a mention during one of publisher Annapurna Interactive's own showcases. An Indie World Showcase segment dedicated to the game showed some of its physics-based spacefaring gameplay in action on the Switch, and it seemed to look nice and run at a solid frame rate. Called Outer Wilds: Archaeologist Edition, this version of the game comes with the Echoes of the Eye DLC and will launch digitally on December 7. It will get a physical Switch release sometime next year.

Read more
Indie World Showcase November 2023: How to watch and what to expect
Key art for the November 2023 Indie World.

Nintendo is not done with video game showcases this year just yet. In the wake of a Nintendo Direct in September and ahead of The Game Awards in December, Nintendo will hold another Indie World Showcase to highlight several independent games coming to the Nintendo Switch soon. If you plan on tuning into the event live, we've rounded up all the information you need to know about it beforehand.

When is the November 2023 Indie World Showcase
Nintendo confirmed that the next Indie World Showcase will begin at 9 a.m. PT on Tuesday, November 14. Nintendo says the presentation will only take about 20 minutes, so you'll only need to take a little bit of time out of your morning to watch it.
How to watch the November 2023 Indie World Showcase
Indie World Showcase 11.14.2023 - Nintendo Switch
Like most Nintendo presentations, the company will livestream this new Indie World Showcase across its official YouTube and Twitch channels. We've embedded the YouTube version of the showcase above so you can tune into the whole presentation right from this page.
What to expect from the November 2023 Indie World Showcase
The official announcement tweet and press release for November 2023's Indie World Showcase simply states that it will feature "new announcements and updates on indie games coming to Nintendo Switch." In terms of previously featured Indie World games that still aren't out, titles like Animal Well, Rift of the NecroDancer, and Pepper Grinder come to mind.
There are also plenty of memes on social media about Hollow Knight: Silksong showing up during the event; it's a game people have wanted to see in one of these showcases for years, but it has never shown up. Ultimately, Indie World Showcases are tough to predict because they are typically curated roundups of intriguing indie games that most people don't know about. You'll have a better time watching November 2023's Indie World Showcase if you go in with low expectations and just look forward to seeing some impressive indies you weren't aware of before.

Read more