If you’re a fan of hard Japanese action games, then Nintendo’s recent announcement that Dark Souls Remaster would be coming to its Switch console was good news.
For some people, they might have asked: What is Dark Souls Remastered?
Dark Souls was a sensation when it originally came out. Beloved for its “old school” level of difficulty, Dark Souls is also an engaging, deep action game with RPG elements.
And Nintendo Switch just won’t stop – fastest selling console of all time, boasting a lineup of premium Nintendo titles, and pushing forward at light speed.
Adding Dark Souls to its roster is a huge step towards winning over hardcore gamers. Dark Souls Remastered would join Skyrim and DOOM as three of the Switch’s more hardcore offerings.
Bethesda’s port of Skyrim is widely praised for bringing Elder Scrolls action in a portable format.
Similarly, the port of DOOM to the Switch is an amazing experience, especially when you consider how new that game is.
The Switch’s hybrid approach to console gaming is starting to show real dividends for hardcore gamers. The portable factor not only sets the console apart, it makes old experiences new again.
Keeping the sales momentum going with the Switch might require keeping the hardcore market happy.
With past consoles, hardcore gamers were a tough segment for Nintendo. This isn’t to say that Nintendo consoles didn’t have hardcore games. It is just not what they were known for in the minds of most gaming consumers.
While the Wii console opened up the market to a casual audience, the hardcore gamer, the one that tends to spend a lot of money each year, tended to stick with Microsoft and Sony.
Nintendo made that up with numbers, and the Wii’s success is a testament to that strategy. But that fell flat on its face when the Wii U failed to catch on with audiences hardcore and casual alike. Some credit the console’s confused approach as the largest contributing factor to its failure, while others chalk it up to a basic lack of third-party support.
Nintendo isn’t letting that happen again with the Switch.
The Switch shows that Nintendo has learned its lessons. Dark Souls Remastered shows they’ve taken those lessons to heart.
Arriving nearly seven years ago, this will be the first Souls title on a Nintendo console.
Work on the remaster is under the supervision of Polish developer QLOC according to Laura Kate Dale who originally broke news of the rework of the Dark Souls game.
QLOC is known for its port of Capcom’s Dragon’s Dogma to the PC.
Here are some other games the publisher has worked on according to Forbes:
– Dead Rising HD Remaster Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC
– Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen PC
– Tales of Zestiria Playstation 4, PC
– Dragon Ball Xenoverse PC
– DmC: Devil May Cry Definitive Edition Playstation 4, Xbox One
– Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition PC
– Devil May Cry (w ramach Devil May Cry HD Collection) Xbox 360
– Street Fighter X Tekken PC
– Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City PC
– DmC: Devil may Cry PC
– Ace Combat: Assault Horizon – Enhanced Edition PC
– Resident Evil 6 PC
– Remember Me PC
– Resident Evil 4: Ultimate HD Edition PC
– Dustforce PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Xbox 360
– Rime PC, Xbox One
– God Eater Resurrection PC
– God Eater 2 Rage Burst PC
– Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice PC
The ports have generally high Metacritic reviews, a good sign for Dark Souls Remaster.
Dark Souls Remaster might help sate fans hunger until From Games is able to release another game.