Red Dead Redemption 2 looks to be coming out on Nintendo Switch, which has proven to be a huge shock to everyone. It wasn’t that long ago when the first game made its way to Nintendo’s console/handheld hybrid but the sequel is a different beast, altogether.
Gaming journalist ‘Necro’ Felipe revealed that Rockstar’s acclaimed Western open-world title has been rated for the Switch. Considering how plans for a current-gen remaster were leaked alongside other Xbox remakes not too long ago, seeing the sequel ported down to Switch isn’t what fans were expecting.
The first Red Dead Redemption ran on PS3 and Xbox 360, so the Switch could handle that title perfectly. However, the sequel is a much more graphically demanding game that pushed the PS4 and Xbox One to their limits, so a Switch port is interesting, to say the least.
Many fans are doubtful that Red Dead Redemption 2 will get ported to Switch gracefully, due to some recent current-gen ports. Obviously, Mortal Kombat 1 is the biggest culprit here, as Warner Bros. has apologized for this port and has plans to make it better. Fans are also fearful of the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight port, as that is a beautiful 2015 game that might struggle on Switch.
Admittedly, we’ve seen some miracle ports for the Switch before, so this might not be all doom and gloom. In fact, DOOM (2016) and its sequel DOOM Eternal run pretty well on Switch, despite being visually demanding shooters. CD Projekt Red even got The Witcher 3 and all of its DLC to be playable on Switch, even if that port isn’t the most optimal one to play.
Fans are hoping that this rating for Red Dead Redemption 2 is actually for the Switch 2, which is expected to be very powerful. Reports claim that Nintendo’s upcoming successor will have Final Fantasy VII Remake as a launch title
Until news is made official, Red Dead Redemption 2 is only available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The first Red Dead Redemption was recently ported to Switch and PS4.