There's no shortage of cowboy simulators for fans of the Old West, but Forever Entertainment's upcoming Switch version of Hard West will let players enjoy barroom brawls with a shot of turn-based XCOM-style strategy.
From the screens and the trailer, it bears a passing resemblance to Wasteland 2, a game which struggled technically on Switch, but the developers promise that performance won't be a problem for Hard West. Forever has remastered Creative Forge's PC version for the handheld and it reportedly runs at 1080p in docked mode, too.
Here's a little more flavour from their official description of the 'Weird West':
During journey through the world where the Wild West and the world of fantasy connect, the player will encounter events and choices that will determine his fate. In 8 scenarios consisting of 40 fights, you will meet a colorful cast of playable characters whose fates are intimately intertwined with yours.
During the fight, the player has an access to special skills in the form of cards collected during journey. In addition, the cards can be combined into powerful combinations that allow additional options during battles.
One of the unique features in Hard West is "Luck”, which introduces an additional, exciting element during skirmishes with opponents. "Luck of the Draw" is more than just a pure probability – in Hard West Luck guarantees an exciting and demanding fight, significantly affecting the chances of a shot or miss.
The Switch version comes with the Scares of Freedom DLC, making it cheaper than the same package on Steam at the time of writing. During the first two weeks of release there'll be a 10% discount, plus 33% off for anybody who's got another Forever Entertainment game in their Switch library. We're not sure if those discounts accumulate, but either way it's a sizeable chunk off the full price.
With 'Mostly Positive' user reviews on Steam, this may well be one to watch out for. It's coming on 7th March for €19,99/$19.99 with pre-orders available from 28th February, so if you like the look of this turn-based West-em-up or enjoyed it on PC, you've got something to look forward to.
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