The Outer Worlds is getting a surprise Nintendo Switch release

One of the most anticipated games of the year is unquestionably Obsidian's The Outer Worlds. Obsidian is known for its excellent RPGs, and one set on the edge of space is something that a lot of people find appealing. Originally confirmed for release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, Obsidian and Nintendo revealed today that the game will be getting a Switch release as well.

If you're a bit blindsided by this news, you definitely aren't alone. The Outer Worlds seems like one of those games that was made specifically for powerful machines, and though a number of publishers have been bringing their big games over to the Switch, most of us probably didn't expect to see The Outer Worlds get ported over.

Nevertheless, The Outer Worlds is now destined for the Switch, as announced in the video you see embedded above. Obsidian senior producer Matthew Singh says that the Switch version is being made in partnership with Virtuous, so it sounds like they'll be handling the porting duties.

At the moment, there's no word on what kind of visual sacrifices we're looking at in order to get The Outer Worlds running on the Switch, but it's safe to assume that there will be some. As previously stated, number of AAA developers and publishers have been bringing their games to the Switch since launch, and in almost all cases, some sacrifices needed to be made. So, The Outer Worlds probably won't look as good on Switch as it does on other platforms, but for people who don't have access to an Xbox One, PS4, or gaming PC in the first place, that probably isn't a huge concern.

We also don't know when The Outer Worlds will be releasing on the Switch. In the video published today, Singh says that the Switch version will be out "following the launch of the other platforms," so it looks like Switch owners will be waiting a little while longer to explore this spacefaring RPG. The Outer Worlds releases on Xbox One, PS4, and PC on October 25th, and we'll be keeping an eye out for more details on the Switch version.