UPDATE 2: After the existence of a Nintendo Switch port of, “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” was finally confirmed, Nintendo clarified on their official website the following day that the game is targeting a release during Fall of 2017. It remains unknown however whether the Switch build will be the base edition of, “Skyrim” from 2011, or the recently-released, “Skyrim: Special Edition.”
UPDATE: Nippon Ichi Software confirmed shortly after the litany of RPG announcements that their hit strategy-RPG, “Disgaea 5” is also headed to Nintendo Switch. The Switch port is targeting a release in Spring 2017, and will include the complete game, along with some bonus scenarios. The Nintendo Switch version will also offer a Limited Edition that can be purchased from NIS America’s online store, which will include a collector’s box, a 30-song soundtrack, a hard cover art book, a clip-on Prinny, and another secret item.
Original report follows:
RPG fans will have particular motivation to purchase a Nintendo Switch early it seems, as a litany of Japanese RPG’s, along with one expected Western RPG, were confirmed for the platform during Nintendo’s Switch showcase event tonight.
First, and rather obviously, Nintendo and Bethesda finally confirmed that, yes, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is headed to Nintendo Switch, after it was glimpsed during the device’s reveal trailer last October. Strangely, both companies played coy as to whether the game was actually coming to Nintendo’s upcoming platform, though thankfully, they’ve since come clean. Unfortunately however, the game doesn’t yet have any kind of release window, and it also wasn’t clarified as to whether this is the basic edition of Skyrim from 2011, or the recently-released Skyrim: Special Edition remaster that brought the game to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One last Fall.
Alongside the confirmation that Skyrim is indeed coming to Switch, Nintendo also had Square Enix, Atlus and Tecmo Koei confirm a few other projects for Japanese RPG fans. First, Square Enix will be bringing both the first and second Dragon Quest Heroes games to Nintendo Switch, along with the previously-confirmed Dragon Quest X and Dragon Quest XI, though Dragon Quest X is likely staying in Japan yet again. Tecmo Koei, Team Ninja and Omega Force are doubling down on their success with Hyrule Warriors on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS as well by bringing another Nintendo franchise into that hack-and-slash offshoot style, namely with Fire Emblem Warriors! Little is known about Fire Emblem Warriors for now, though it appears to feature heroes from throughout the history of the entire franchise, including the majority of series entries that never left Japan.
Square Enix also has another mysterious RPG in the works for Nintendo Switch, known only as ‘Project Octopath‘ at this point, and they also appear to be bringing their old-school RPG throwback, I Am Setsuna to Nintendo Switch to boot. Reports indicate that I Am Setsuna will be among the Switch’s worldwide launch titles as well, though will once again be a digital-only release. Finally, Atlus announced an all-new Shin Megami Tensei game for Nintendo Switch, though the game is very early in development, and had no other details revealed beyond its existence in a vague teaser trailer.
Nintendo themselves will also be bringing one of their RPG powerhouses to Nintendo Switch at some point, with Xenoblade Chronicles 2 being announced for Nintendo Switch at the event. Not much is known about Xenoblade Chronicles 2 at this point, though a reveal trailer teased some of the character and story details, suggesting that this game could be a direct canonical follow-up to the original Xenoblade Chronicles for Wii and New Nintendo 3DS, and one that has nothing to do with the more open-ended Wii U successor, Xenoblade Chronicles X. The game will center on an all-new hero, who is seeking a place called ‘Elysium’, though that was almost all of the story details gleaned from the primarily Japanese announcement so far.
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