Update [Thu 20th Oct, 2022 16:10 BST]: It's official — Bandai Namco has confirmed that Digimon World: Next Order will be releasing on Switch worldwide on 22nd February 2023, so we don't have to wait any longer than our friends over in Japan! The open-world RPG will also be coming to Steam on the same date.

The company also dropped a brand new trailer to celebrate the announcement, which you can watch above. Now you'll be able to take Agumon (or whoever you want) with you on the go!

Here's what Bandai Namco has shared about this new release:

"Leading video game publisher and developer Bandai Namco Europe S.A.S. today announced that DIGIMON WORLD: NEXT ORDER will be released on February 22, 2023 on Nintendo Switch and PC.

Originally released in 2017, the game puts players in the shoes of a DigiDestined, tasked with rebuilding the Digital World that has been put under complete chaos. To help them in this challenge, players will be able to find and recruit among over 200 Digimon that they’ll have to feed, train, and form a bond with.

The town of Floatia will serve as a hub that will be developed by the players as this is where they will be able to recruit Digimon, upgrade buildings, grow crops and develop the city into a sprawling metropolis."

For our original story on the Japanese announcement, read on...

Original article [Tue 18th Oct, 2022 13:38 BST]: Digimon fans won't have to wait long for a brand new Digimon game on Switch. Bandai Namco has announced in the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu that it will be bringing Digimon World: Next Order International Edition to the console on 22nd February 2023 in Japan. A Western release date hasn't been announced yet.

Ryokutya2089 shared the news on their blog (via Nintendo Everything), revealing that this new release will come with new features and elements. Digimon World: Next Order was originally released on the PlayStation Vita in 2016, before getting a PS4 port internationally the following year.

B.B. Studio's open-world RPG is part of the Digimon World series, which started back on the original PlayStation, that lets you have two Digimon partners with you at all times. Your Digimon fight for you automatically while you stand back and issue commands to your little digital monsters. The Switch version will come with a brand new 'Beginner' mode, as well as the ability to run and move faster.

Here's a summary of the game from the PS Store, along with a couple of screens from the Japanese version:


The Digital World is in despair. Machinedramons are running rampant and causing utter chaos…

Explore and traverse this mysterious universe, recruit faithful Digimon companions and save the DigiWorld from destruction!

• Recruit and raise 2 DIGIMON at the same time!
• NEW RAISING FEATURES to train your Digimon and form strong bonds with them
• EVOLVED BATTLE SYSTEM - Exciting real-time battles where cooperation with your Digimon is the key
• ExE EVOLUTION - Fuse 2 Digimon together to create the most powerful monsters!

A new Digi'mystery is waiting for you!

While the game doesn't have a Western release date yet, Bandai Namco has a pretty good track record of bringing Digimon games to our shores.

Digimon Survive was the latest Digimon game to land on Switch — after years of delays — and we were pretty big fans of this visual novel/strategy RPG hybrid:

We'll let you know as soon as we find out when Digimon World: Next Order makes its way onto Switch consoles in our part of the world. In the meantime, let us know if you've played this entry before in the comments!

[source ryokutya2089.com, via nintendoeverything.com]