DOOM Eternal Scales Back Nintendo Switch Release
DOOM Eternal has long been released on nearly every major console including streamers like Google Stadia as well as the new-gen PlayStation and Xbox consoles via backward compatibility. However, the game’s long-developing Nintendo Switch port has still yet to see the light of day. While the port’s delayed release has encouraged rumors of cancellation, Bethesda and id Software have repeatedly assured gamers that it will happen, although “a bit later” than many might expect.
Cancellation rumors started up again over the last day when GameStop reportedly began dropping pre-orders (via ResetEra) for DOOM Eternal on Switch. However, it appears this was actually a misunderstanding as Bethesda has now revealed plans to scale back the Switch release of DOOM Eternal. According to a statement released to IGN, the id Software sequel is still “100% on track” to arrive on Nintendo’s hybrid console, but it will now solely happen as a digital-only release. It’s for this reason why pre-orders were cancelled, as they were all for a physical version of the port.
“While Doom Eternal is 100% on track for an imminent digital-only release on Nintendo Switch, the absence of a physical release at retail resulted in cancelled pre-orders,” a Bethesda spokesperson said.”Affected customers will receive full refunds and should contact their preferred retailer for more information.”
This smaller-scale release for DOOM Eternal is sure to be a bummer for physical media enthusiasts as well as those that pre-ordered, though, it’s still nice to see the port is still safely in development. Since being unveiled last year, the Nintendo Switch version has been suggested to run largely the same as its console counterparts, but only at 30 frames per second, rather than a full 60 FPS. Back in September, DOOM Eternal producer Marty Stratton stated the port was “very close” to completion and would be officially shown off “in the not too distant future.”
DOOM Eternal is out now for Google Stadia, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, as well as PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S via backward compatibility.
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