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ARK: Survival Evolved is Coming to the… Switch?

I wasn’t expecting this one — ARK: Survival Evolved is coming to the Nintendo Switch. I… don’t really know what to say. Every time a new game is announced, I repeat myself by saying, “Switch is having the best year ever.”

According to the announcement from the devs, ARK on the Switch will have all of the same features as the other console versions — including the multiplayer! That alleviates any concern of a dumbed-down version.

My concern is performance. The Switch, though an amazing piece of hardware, is not as powerful as a PC or other current-generation consoles. I can’t get ARK to run well on my PC at all, so how is it going to run on my Switch? 480p 15fps?

We’ll just have to see how it turns out. If they manage to pull off a smooth running, feature rich version of ARK on the Switch, then that will be a remarkable accomplishment and a major step forward for the console. This type of multiplayer sandbox, on a mobile handheld console, would be a huge win.

I just have my doubts.

ARK: Survival Evolved - Nintendo Switch announcement at GDC 2018.


Battlefront 2 Finally Changes Star Card Progression

Tomorrow the patch will FINALLY come out that addresses the infamous Star Card progression system. Assuming there might be one person out there who didn’t follow the drama, let me explain why it had to change.

Star Cards were previously obtained in loot crates which were purchased with real life monies, though they could also be purchased with in-game currency too. The gripe was how players could spend RL money and obtain a significant gameplay advantage. Fair critique.

When the outrage happened — before the game even launched, mind you — EA turned off all transactions, essentially making the crates only purchasable with in-game funds. The system felt broken, and rightfully so.

With tomorrow’s patch, the Star Card system is changing entirely.

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Diablo for Switch All But Confirmed

Just over a week ago we were speculating that this might be a thing...

Seems to me this all but confirms that Diablo is coming to Switch.

As I've said before, this presents a very nice addition to the Switch portfolio. This is an action, hack and slash, RPG which is really an underrepresented genre on consoles.

I find myself weirdly tempted by the idea. Diablo on the go. That's appealing to me.

Dragon Quest Builders 2 Details

I’m quietly working my way through Dragon Quest Builders on the Switch. If you like sandbox games about building, crafting, and random arcade-like mob crushing, then this is definitely something you should check out on Switch.

You’ll build up cities, create rooms and decorate them for bonuses, hunt dragons and ghosts and other monsters, explore pyramids, deserts, forests, and swamps, and all sorts of adventures.

There’s also another reason to play the original… carry over data bonus.

In an interview roundup I found on Gematsu, they say there’s going to be carry over data from your DQB file to your DQB2 file. What that bonus will be is currently unknown, but it’s incentive to play.

DQB2 will also feature multiplayer, but to what extent is unknown. All they’ve said right now is that “there will be a multiplayer”.

If you haven’t checked out it, watch some videos or just jump in head first.  I know the people who picked it up so far on my recommendation have enjoyed themselves!

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