During yesterday's Xbox & Bethesda showcase we were given the first look at A Plague Tale: Requiem, due in 2022 and a sequel to the excellent A Plague Tale: Innocence. It followed the trend of many 2022 releases in that broadcast in formally dropping cross-generation support, with publisher Focus Home Interactive confirming it's coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, and not the previous generation of hardware.
What's interesting, though, is that it is coming to Switch as a Cloud Version, following the lead of a small number of recent titles, namely Control Ultimate Edition - Cloud Version and Hitman 3 - Cloud Version.
Though Cloud gaming is yet to truly take off, with Google's Stadia having its struggles, Xbox has reiterated plans to expand its cloud gaming offering and here we have an example of a publisher seeking to keep Switch players involved using that option. It's a way to get around the clear hardware discrepancy and potentially benefit from the system's sizeable audience.
Let us know what you think. Have you bought any of the previous cloud releases on Switch; is it a good option in your opinion?
When this came on and I saw Switch mentioned, I was thinking to myself, there's no way this is gonna run on a regular Switch, and for a split second I believed that this was the first game that was coming for the 'Switch Pro'. But then I saw cloud mentioned...
There you go guys Switch "Pro" = Streaming on the Switch
Cloud version for now. Whink whink
@iuli Loving the positivity here!
I love clouding, but.... so far, there's not any game that I'm interested in...
I am perfectly fine with cloud for high spec games on Switch. I am still baffled why Nintendo and Nvidia haven't partnered up and put Nvidia Now on Switch, as it would bolster that service immensely. In fact the only reason to have not yet done it, would be that Nvidia are not confident with server capacity (the usage would explode on Switch due to the install base).
I've been playing my steam games streamed and only ever had a few hiccups, it is a great service.
Clouds bring thunderbolt and lightning, very very frightening...
It's better than nothing I guess, tried both Control and Hitman but beyond the notion of playing them on a Switch, it kills the whole "play home console games anywhere", as I don't have unlimited data plan and I had some fluctuations with the wifi connection. Might play at least the demo, get its feel and then send it back to the abyss
Nice to see more "current" games making their way to the Switch. Between having a cloud version, a massively downgraded version or no version at all I will take the cloud version any day
Expect Nintendo Direct to have other Cloud announcements. Not a fan of cloud games.
I would rather more cloud games come to switch than having to wait months for a significantly downgraded version to drop at full price.
I love what XBox is doing with XCloud. Having the option to try out the game via streaming, and eventually download it if you so please. Also having the option to play it on the phone or on PC via XCloud. Guess that might be the future. Play however you want, even more flexible than the Switch is. Nintendo sadly doesn't have all those options available. It'll mainly be an indie and 1st and 2nd party console from now on for the rest of its lifespan (unless it's revised).
This makes sense. When I saw it announced for Switch but not PS4 and XBO something was amiss.
Considering how much they have pushed techinical boundaries with both a Plague's Tale and Flight Simulator, i'd expect nothing more
This is a hard pass...
@The_New_Butler the vast majority of games that were unveiled this e3 are not coming to switch, so third party publishers are already moving away from the switch, so yeah.... Nintendo is gonna need a solid lineup for 2021 and beyond if they want to keep people's interest,
i mean, heck! even bandai doesn't have any big projects for the switch
This is an incredible game, play it on a more capable console if you can and for less money. Its on Xbox Games Pass too...which you can also stream to various devices so why pay so much when you can probably get a free trial and get more games plus it'll most likely stream better?
Cant wait for the sequel next year and glad I got a Series X as its exclusive to Xbox.
@Casual_Gamer95 Just wait for the Nintendo Direct tomorrow. It's possible that some of the third party games are in the direct.
Xbox are really kicking arse with the Xbox Series with its very valuable services finally getting some good exclusive games.
Nintendo as usual are ten years behind...***** I could argue Wii U and 3DS has better services! Normally they have amazing games to compensate but lately their games are just fine.
@Kreko I suppose you stopped reading half way through the title. The game doesn't run on Switch. It's a crappy cloud version.
@Weijden given the very few releases this year and in the last half of 2020, I wouldn't hold my breath.
Nice! I love the cloud games because they allow switch owners to play games they will otherwise be snubbed for. Hope they release a demo to test with.
Play Anywhere I guess.
Based on the E3 segments I've seen so far, it is quite clear that the industry is moving towards next gen releases. Personally I am not into "realistic looking" games so much but I am part of that small minority. The past year we've seen devs push the Switch hardware to its limits with ports like Ori WotW, Outer Worlds, Apex Legends and Doom Eternal. We will likely see a few more but many the upcoming titles shown in E3 are too graphically demanding. I noticed a lot of them won't see PS4 and XBOne anyway so no use trying a Switch port and I doubt it will run on the rumored Switch Pro as well.
Hoping to see some good first party stuff from Nintendo and games made especially for the system such as MHR. I am still a happy owner but after seeing the Forza 5 demo I am tempted to get a Series S now.
I haven't played any cloud versions of games that have been released but I loved the first Plague Tale. I had a fantastic experience with it. I am not sure if I would be willing to give this version a go, or play the next one on a different console. Either way, the announcement of the sequel has been a highlight of E3 so far for me.
I would had been wow if this game was an actual game on Switch and not through the cloud. In this gaming gen the only five words I hate to hear are mobile, cloud, free-to-play, rogue-like, and online only. These make gaming boring and disappointing to me.
I'm willing to give it a shot, if it works as Control did. Hitman 3 is still unplayable.
Ehh, I will wait for reviews.
This makes sense to come to cloud. PS4 and Xbox One aren’t getting this game at all
Do you know what cloud version means?
Every game, no matter how demanding, can be brought to Switch or any other platform over the cloud.
You are streaming the game, and is not really using the hardware of the switch to run the game. It's like watching a video on YouTube. Just needs good internet connection.
And currently I do not think that Sony is supporting third party cloud publishers like Nintendo does. Sony has their own cloud platform in PS-now. So that is probably why this cloud version of the game is not coming to PS4.
The day PS-Now gets PS5 support, and Sony brings the PS5 version of the game to the PS-Now service, the cloud game will also be available on PS4.
I love how cloud gaming is running on Stadia and GFN. Smooth and responsive like on local hardware. I am using these services a lot next to my Switch.
The cloud games on Switch is sadly not running as great. To much latency like on xCloud also. Hopefully it will get better.
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