While yesterday’s Nintendo Direct was focused around giving Switch owners release dates for ARMS and Splatoon 2, I don’t think that anyone was expecting to hear that Payday 2 was going to be getting a release on the Switch. The four player co-op first person shooter where you play one of four bank robbers trying to make off with as much cash as you can. The series has a strong following and has even been included in eSports tournaments. I recently did a piece on the importance of third party multiplayer support on the Nintendo Switch. Payday 2 is an exciting entry on the Switch, but will it be enough to establish the Switch as an online multiplayer contender?
My main reason for posing this question is Payday 2’s age. The game was released in August 2013 and the release date for the Switch version is pending for Fall 2017. Given this release window by the time that the game will be released it will be four years old. With Splatoon 2 coming out at the end of July, will many Switch owners want to play a four year old game online instead?
Presumably this will be the Crimewave edition that was released in 2015 for the Xbox One and Playstation 4 which includes all of the downloadable content that was released for the game since it launched in 2013. This raises questions similar to the questions that were raised about Skyrim coming to the Switch. How much game data would that take up, and would additional SD cards be required for anyone who wants to go with the digital release?
If it doesn’t feature all of the content that has been released for the game so far, then what’s the point? Who would want to buy a four year old game with none of the content that’s come out since? While these are questions that will be answered sooner rather they are questions worth asking. With Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Lego City Undercover both being remasters of Wii U games that release this month and Disagea 5 in May, it’s good to see the Switch getting some of these games that were classics on other consoles, but when it’s this delayed are gamers going to care enough to show third party developers that the Switch is worth it?
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