Virtuos is no stranger to the Switch in recent years, porting various games such as Dark Souls: Remastered and Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster as examples. The Outer Worlds is coming to Switch and serves as their next project for the system. According to Virtuos CEO Elijah Freeman, their biggest games are yet to come. Virtuos wants to incorporate unique features to the games coming to Switch as well. Freeman elaborates further in these excerpts from the Gamesindustry.biz interview:
“Players and developers expect full, high-quality versions of their games on the Switch platform,” he replies. “There are many ways to add gaming value and create a bespoke version of the game on the Switch. There are three different modes: TV mode, tabletop mode, and handheld mode. All three modes can potentially offer a new and unique experience for the player.
“From a Virtuos perspective, we view ‘bespoke’ versions as tailored versions of the client’s IP to the Switch platform. Generally, this consists of adapting a control scheme or implementing new playability by adding some of the unique features, such as touchscreen [controls]. These features can provide a new layer of engagement, and capitalizing on these gameplay additions can make the difference between a good game and a great game.”
Freeman adds: “We often have this conversation with partners who developed their original game for PC or HD consoles and think that it won’t run on the Switch. Give enough time to a specialized team, and they will find enough technical and content optimizations to make it play seamlessly. It’s simply a matter of priority: How do you balance the distribution of tasks for the GPU and CPU to achieve the expected results? This can be especially challenging if it were a classic game with an antiquated code base, but it’s totally feasible.”
With regard to Virtuos’ work on Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds specifically, Freeman says that the goal is to make the game look “as close as possible” to the other platforms.
Currently, a release date for The Outer Worlds on Switch is unknown. Stay tuned at Final Weapon for the latest gaming news!