The Outer Worlds On Switch Delayed, Now Planned For Cartridge Release

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Update: Private Division has announced that The Outer Worlds on Switch has been delayed, now targeting fiscal 2021, due to the Coronavirus outbreak impacting the Singapore-based studio Virtuos. Original story follows.

Obsidian Entertainment's stellar 2019 role-playing shooter, The Outer Worlds, will finally be launching on Nintendo Switch on March 6, publisher Private Division has confirmed.

The Outer Worlds will launch on the Nintendo EShop as well as retail for $60, although Private Division noted that the boxed copy of the game will not contain a game cart and instead only include a download code. To play The Outer Worlds on Switch you will need to download the full game, with Private Division not yet disclosing its install size.

The Outer Worlds launched last October on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, with GameSpot's Edmond Tran awarding it a 9/10 and praising its excellent writing and captivating characters. " I finished The Outer Worlds wanting more, eager to jump back into the world to see extra things," he said. "It's not a short game, but it's one packed with such a steady stream of wonderful characters to meet, interesting places to explore, and meaningful, multi-layered quests to solve, that it didn't feel like there was any room to get tired of it."

A sprawling open-world game like The Outer Worlds seems well suited to a portable platform like the Nintendo Switch, which is in more hands than ever now. Earlier today Nintendo announced that it had shipped over 52 million Switch consoles, surpassing the overall sales figures of the SNES.

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“Will require a download”

F that noise.

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Had no intentions on getting The Outer Worlds for Switch as I already have it for the Xbox. I may get on PC as well.

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If someone can sell the download code to another party for them to use like a physical copy, then, cool. Otherwise, yeah, really odd. Weren't there a couple of other games to ship with only download codes in the box?

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Well all the hype I had for this game is now dead. Not buying it now.

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Lol why even bother making a physical box that contains nothing? Why not just download it on the store? Do people really want to order the physical version and wait for it to come in the mail only to receive a voucher? Idiocy...

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@nikolistary: I'm guessing it's mostly aimed at people who are wanting to give it as a gift to someone else.

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I like gamepass the more each day, it feels like steam, but also feels like piracy, either way it's pretty good.

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No cart = no buy. I have an SD card that’s huge, but that’s not the point. Many people want to own their copy of the game.

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Coming from PoE 2 Deadfire, I was pretty disappointed with The Outer Worlds (even though Deadfire had quite a few flaws itself and wasn't a step up in every way from it's predecessor). I felt that the game was pretty mediocre, even shallow in certain ways, and a big step down from Deadfire. I also think that a big part of the praise it received was because Bethesda's Fallout 4, and especially Fallout 76, were disappointments or massive disappointments, in the case of FO76. Considering the (warranted) hate towards Bethesda, many people also wanted to "show them", I guess.

Not Obsidian's worst work, though, but certainly far from their best.

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@Berserk8989: Coming from Deadfire, a lot of games feel kinda weak. That’s probably my favorite CRPG yet, and I don’t know if it or New Vegas is Obsidian’s best work.

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The fact that there is no physical copy is ridiculous to me, and fairly tone deaf in my opinion.

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@Strathmore: I think the max storage for a Switch cartridge is only 32GB. If the game is larger than that, they don't have a choice. It's not a question of being ridiculous or tone deaf, it's just physically impossible.

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@Tekarukite: There's 64GB ones, although they cost slightly more to produce. There's been several instances where companies have just used a 32GB card to fit most of it and then just require an "update" download to get the rest of it.

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@Tekarukite: I don't buy it. If the complete Witcher 3 game can fit on a cartridge then The Outer Worlds definitely can. Besides, The Outer Worlds should only be about 20GB large...

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@Strathmore: On Xbox, it's about 39GB.

yes, a 64GB cartridge would be expensive, and that would reduce the amount of profit per game sold.

No, it doesn't make sense to sell a cartridge and still expect people to download the rest. I think that would just make people madder than letting them know they have to download the whole thing.

Edit: The Witcher 3 on Switch is about 28.1GB

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@Tekarukite: Resident Evil Origins Collection...

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@Strathmore: 16 GB

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@Tekarukite: Also as a follow up, it has since been announced that there will indeed be a cartridge version of the game. As I said all along, it was always possible. Glad to hear that the company isn't tone def and that the blatant digital-only cash grab was stopped.

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The game included a cartridge, as well as a download code.

Regardless the point still stands that each port is completely different in terms of sizing files. The very fact that Witcher 3 (complete edition no less) can be crammed onto a cartridge is a bloody miracle. And even that had a substantial day one patch.

And to that last point, we live in a day one patch world. Customers now expect that as the norm.

If the port of The Outer Worlds somehow comes in at 40 - 60 gig like some of its counterparts I'll be stunned, as it would already negate huge swatches of Switch owners that don't yet own proprietary storage cards.

My guess is that the game size will be much, much smaller. But we'll see.

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Great game! Enjoy.

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Sell a card if you're doing digital only. Not sure how many people wants to store an empty box.

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I am begging myself to not spend money on the switch version as I've already beaten the game on Xbox game pass and bought it again on PS4..........crap I might do it anyway.....so good.

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@saltymemesoup: Ah wish I could sell you shitty games you seem like someone I'd sell too.

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@Crazy_sahara: Yeah too bad I'm not a dirtbag who buys stuff off facebook marketplace so our paths likely wont cross.

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@saltymemesoup: But I buy off neither nor sell there, that's what makes you interesting I still want to sell to you dirt bag 😅

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@Crazy_sahara: Your English is abysmal.

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@saltymemesoup: Yours isn't to good either, either way I can sell you english books I'm sure you'd buy that, different version ones that are terrible then the first.

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@Crazy_sahara: Too*

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@saltymemesoup: See my point, english isn't your fortay nor your desired language, but I'm still willing to sell to you, since your one of a kind (that being someone worth selling too, so if you're keen on buying something or anything just let me know) customer to sell too.

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@Crazy_sahara: You're*

I wasn't correcting myself, I was correcting you.

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@saltymemesoup: On what, the item I wish to sell you, and the item your going to buy multiple times.

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So basically your buying a prepaid for Outer Worlds in the Nintendo EShop.

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Great game. Glad to see it coming to Switch.

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This game could run on my xbox 360 so the Switch it should be fine. Last gen graphics for sure.

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