Elden Ring since its release has seen a meteoric rise in popularity and has no doubt reached the game of the year category for most players, this game has the timeless relevancy potential embedded in its core that From Software is well-known for. Everybody wants to get their hands on this game even those new to this brutally challenging genre.
This game launched on all major platforms PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S, and crying in the corner for not getting invited to the biggest party in the gaming industry in ages is the Nintendo Switch. Elden Ring hasn’t yet been announced officially for the Switch so everything after this should be taken with a grain of salt.
Elden Ring on Nintendo Switch
In 2018 the first Dark Souls remastered version was launched on Switch and though it worked fine it still had hiccups here and there. Though no subsequent entries to the series were ported to the hybrid console, players are still wondering whether this portable device can play a modern game made for beefier machines i.e. Elden Ring.
Taking the massive adventure on the go does sound amazing but it is highly unlikely we will ever see this come to fruition. This sounds sad but the fact that Elden Ring’s beautifully crafted world in its current form requires relatively higher specs with the recommended requirement for RAM for a PC being 16GB. Compare this to the limited hardware capabilities of the Nintendo Switch and we can hear the dream shattering..
Though one can argue there can be a port that is more optimized for the hardware and we will put the Dark Souls Remastered example in front again where the console struggled to keep the FPS consistent and that is very crucial in playing such a methodical game. Switch users are generally a different type of gamers that prefer the niche of gaming that Nintendo has created and with that in mind the Switch community is not that eager for this game’s arrival to the hybrid handheld.
There are fake pictures of the Switch version of Elden Ring popping everywhere playing with the hearts of console loyalists. Though one way that can be explored by the developers is the cloud. Games like Control and Guardians of the Galaxy have been released using this method and have met with varying degrees of success or downright failure. Almost every game released over the cloud has seen the latency issue that comes with streaming regardless of having the best internet money could buy, but some experiences are better than others so we can’t rule this feature out totally.
By the looks of this game’s graphical fidelity and ambition, it seems highly unlikely Switch users will get their hands on Elden Ring but one could only hope. And with the ever-present rumor of a Switch Pro, the advanced hardware might lure From Software out of their hole and create an experience for the portable machine.