Gamescom is currently taking place and while many are enjoying the announcements, reveals, and gameplay trailers, I am left upset and dumbfounded over one particular reveal. Bandai Namco. What in the world are they up to?
Back in January, Nintendo had what was referred to as a Nintendo Direct Mini. The build up to this Direct saw Nintendo posting teasing on twitter revolving around a character in flames, enough of a tease to have other companies jump in on the fun. All of this was a foreshadowing for the final announcement of that Direct, Dark Souls Remastered for Nintendo Switch. The hype was real, and gamers everywhere were excited. It didn’t take long for them to announce that the Remaster would also be coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. There was nothing wrong with that.
All this hype and build up then hit a bump on the road. The Switch version, the first version announced, was delayed and would not launch with the other versions. We could, and would, look past that because various gameplay showcases showed that Dark Souls Remastered ran smooth on Switch, especially Blighttown, and that was saying a lot. The fact that it wasn’t in 4K or ran 60 FPS but rather 1080p docked, 720 handheld, at 30 FPS was also something we were willing to accept because it was expected given hardware restrictions for Switch.
Dark Souls Remastered on Switch was finally given a release date in October 19th 2018, 5 months later after the other versions released. Hype once again began to build because, soon, we’d be playing Dark Souls on the go, literally able to play anywhere, and the version has been praised as running very smoothly. This now brings us to Gamescom.
We have kept you waiting long enough, and now are pleased to announce
that the Nintendo Switch version of DARK SOULS REMASTERED will be
released on the 19th October, 2018.
Finally we hope you can look forward to playing Dark Souls wherever, whenever you wish. pic.twitter.com/F8z8AjUIPA
— FROMSOFTWARE (@fromsoftware_pr) August 14, 2018
FROM SOFTWARE posted what seemed like a heartfelt tweet revealing the Switch versions release date but, today, Bandai Namco announced a complete trilogy (Dark Souls Remastered, Dark Souls II: Scholar Of The First Sin, Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition, and all DLC) will also launch on the same day as Dark Souls Remastered for Nintendo Switch. What? Yes, you read that correctly.
On October 19th, you can walk into a store and see the Switch version for $40 containing only the first game or spend $80 on any other platform and get the entire series. Let’s say you already have the other two on the other consoles, the Dark Souls Remastered can be purchased right now on Amazon for Xbox One for $30. In other words, The Switch version is at a severe disadvantage. Now it doesn’t bother me that all these versions are available, I think Dark Souls should be on every platform because it’s a great, remarkable, series but to release a trilogy the same exact as the Switch version is shooting that version in the foot. If you owned it on Xbox 360 and PS3 but are unsure what’s different for the Remaster, we’ve got you covered.
The main problem with all of this, whether we like it or not, is that this trilogy version will hurt sales of the Switch version. Sales were already hurt with the delay and hurt being launched after the other versions. We’ve heard from several developers and publishers who say they will launch a game on Switch and its performance will dictate the future support. That’s exactly what Dark Souls Remastered on Switch is, a test to see if the other two entries, and possibly Code Vein, are worth porting over. Poor sales, should it do so, will be their excuse for not bringing other titles over. What sucks is that they won’t take into account all the issues and situations mentioned above. This is all very reminiscent to EA’s Mass Effect 3 ordeal back on Wii U, where they released a complete trilogy on other consoles and for the same price you could only get part 3 on Wii U.
As you can see, I’m frustrated. I want day and date releases for Switch and other consoles and we’re getting to that point, like with Doom Eternal from Bethesda, and I want to be able to play the entire Dark Souls series on Switch. I just want and hope the hybrid versions sells great and I can’t wait to pick up a copy. For those new to the series, we have a beginners guide for Dark Souls Remastered. If you’ve never played a Dark Souls game, check out our review!
With all of that being said, what do you think about all of this? Do you think sales for the Switch version of Dark Souls Remastered will be affected? Am I overreacting? Are you picking this up or the trilogy? Comment down below and remember to follow The Loot Gaming for all your gaming news and reviews and on everything from Gamescom!