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Doom Eternal Is Still Coming To Switch, But It'll Be A Digital Only Release

After customers reported that their preorders were being canceled, Bethesda has clarified the situation.


On November 19, customers who had preordered the Switch version of Doom Eternal at GameStop began to report on Twitter that their preorders had been cancelled. With the game having already released on PS4, Xbox One, and PC back in March--and no footage of the Switch version having been shown, and no date announced--many took this as a sign that the game was likely to be canceled. However, this is not the case.

After some ambiguously worded assertions that Bethesda had not "made any announcements" about Doom Eternal on Switch being cancelled, Bethesda has now confirmed to IGN that Doom Eternal will come to the Switch very soon--but it won't get a physical release.

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"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 preorders," a Bethesda spokesperson told IGN. They advised that customers who had preordered the game will "receive full refunds".

Between the long wait and Microsoft's purchase of Bethesda, fans of Nintendo's hybrid system had reason to worry that the game would not launch on the console. Not much is known about the Switch version, including whether the Ancient Gods DLC will be available, too. If it's skipping a physical release, though, it's likely that the file size will be large. Switch game cards max out at 32GB.

In the meantime, you can stream Doom Eternal to your smart fridge, if you want.

2016's Doom came to Switch, and earned a 7/10 in GameSpot's review. Developer Panic Button is handling the Eternal port, too.

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