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Alien: Isolation Is Coming to Nintendo Switch in 2019!

I’d forgive everyone if they had a sneaky feeling that we might get a glimpse at Predator: Hunting Grounds at E3 this year, but what I would never have expected was news of a Nintendo Switch port of the phenomenal Alien: Isolation!

Though not yet officially announced, Alien: Isolation was featured amongst a video montage line-up of games that are coming out on the Nintendo Switch. You can see the snippet taken from the full Nintendo Direct Livestream below.

The most recent triple-A Alien titles have generally only been released on PC, Xbox and PlayStation. A port of Aliens: Colonial Marines for the Nintendo Wii U was actually in development back in 2013 though that was ultimately cancelled. More recently, it was suggested that if the criminally under-rated Alien: Blackout was to make the leap to console, the Nintendo Switch would have been its likely destination.

We’re still awaiting further details but it would appear Alien: Isolation will release on Nintendo Switch sometime this year! The full trailer for this incarnation of the game will be aired at some point on the Nintendo Treehouse livestream.

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  1. Darkness
    It varies from game to game but you're looking at maximum 720p on the handheld and 900p on the TV. The CPU also is clocked lower so you will see performance issues in handlheld mode.

    why would I want to play it on a handheld with reduced graphics, when I can play it on a massive TV.

    ...but you can play the Switch on a massive TV ???

    I meant a big TV with a higher resolution. Like a PS4 Pro where you're getting 4K output.
  2. SiL
    I mean the handheld screen is tiny, so any drop in quality isn't actually going to be noticeable when you're portable. The thing seems to run nice quality graphics docked, but I don't know exact tech specs.
  3. Hudson
    I can't help but wonder who the target audience is for ports like this and Resident Evil. When Nintendo are obviously kid-friendly, it makes little sense to put these sorts of games on there. It's amazing what they've done with Witcher but again, why would I want to play it on a handheld with reduced graphics, when I can play it on a massive TV.

    I don't have a Switch, so...what's "HD rumble"?

    Nothing really. The joy cons have more refined rumble vibrations than you would find in a normal controller. I don't think the rumble is anywhere near as strong as a Dualshock 4.

    I've had the same thought about the RE games, particularly when GameCube was the current gen. The fact that the remake of Metal Gear Solid is still exclusive to GameCube...WTF?

    People who want to play first party Nintendo games and also want to play M-rated shooters and whatnot will probably just have multiple consoles.
  4. Darkness
    I can't help but wonder who the target audience is for ports like this and Resident Evil. When Nintendo are obviously kid-friendly, it makes little sense to put these sorts of games on there. It's amazing what they've done with Witcher but again, why would I want to play it on a handheld with reduced graphics, when I can play it on a massive TV.

    I don't have a Switch, so...what's "HD rumble"?

    Nothing really. The joy cons have more refined rumble vibrations than you would find in a normal controller. I don't think the rumble is anywhere near as strong as a Dualshock 4.
  5. Corporal Hicks
    Full press release regarding the game:

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    Feral Interactive today announced that Alien: Isolation, the AAA survival horror game, is coming to Nintendo Switch. Originally developed by Creative Assembly and published by SEGA, Alien: Isolation won multiple awards, and was critically acclaimed for its tense, atmospheric gameplay and fidelity to the production values of the iconic 20th Century Fox film, Alien.

    In an original story set fifteen years after the events of the film, players take on the role of Ellen Ripley’s daughter Amanda, who seeks to discover the truth behind her mother’s disappearance. Marooned aboard the remote space station Sevastopol with a few desperate survivors, players must stay out of sight, and use their wits to survive as they are stalked by the ever-present, unstoppable Alien.

    Sevastopol Station is a labyrinthine environment that contains hundreds of hidden items that provide clues to the station’s catastrophic decline. As they explore, players will crawl through air vents, scope out hiding places, scavenge for resources, and deploy tech in a life-or-death struggle to outthink the terrifying Alien, whose unpredictable, dynamic behaviour evolves after each encounter.

    Alien: Isolation on Nintendo Switch will feature technologies such as gyroscopic aiming and HD rumble to immerse players in its terrifying world wherever they play.

    https://nintendoeverything.com/alien-isolation-for-switch-made-by-feral-interactive-has-gyroscopic-aiming-and-hd-rumble/
  6. Shamo
    I am happy that more people get the chance to play this jewel of a game now that it has been rereleased for the switch.

    But a glimpse of the new MMO shooter would have been so nice! That being said- looking at recent developements in online shooters like anthem or destiny 2- they need to put in  a lot of work to not fall in the same traps.

    And it needs to be creepy and overwhelming at the same time. Also- give me some crazy new alien designs.

    All you need is an Alien planet which has been infected with aliens to make new aliens! Don't let it be on LV426 please. I am done with that planet.
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