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When is The Outer Worlds out on Nintendo Switch? Coronavirus sparks delay

by Connor Bennett
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The release of The Outer Worlds on Nintendo Switch has been delayed due to the Coronavirus outbreak but when will it actually launch? Here’s what we know.

While the Nintendo Switch gave fans a brand-new set of games to play, and a chance to bring some that they know and love onto a more modern console, there have been a few ports making their way over recently.

The biggest names of these come via The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and even The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, but there is another RPG title that is set to be added to the mix – The Outer Worlds, which comes from Obsidian and Private Division. However, they’ve run into a few issues when it comes to launching. 

An image of a character from The Outer Worlds
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The Outer Worlds comes from Obsidian, the developers of the uber-popular Fallout: New Vegas.

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The publishers of the game have confirmed that the Nintendo Switch port, which was supposed to release on March 6, has been shelved “indefinitely” via a statement on Twitter on February 6. 

The development hasn’t been canceled or anything sinister like that, but, instead, the team who are working on it have had their office closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. “The team at Virtuos is ok, but their office has remained closed during this time,” tweeted Private Division

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The Outer Worlds Nintendo Switch release date

As for a new release date, well, that is still up in the air as of writing. The developers confirmed that they are working with the team to “determine an updated development timeline.”

Though, fans have got one shining light from the delay. Anyone who wants to grab a physical copy of the game will get an actual cartridge instead of a box containing a Nintendo Store download code. 

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The Outer Worlds Nintendo Switch price

Despite the delay and change to physical cartridges, it is unknown if the price of the game will actually change compared to the original announcement. 

The game was stated to retail at $59.99/£49.99/€59.99 and there hasn’t been any sort of change at the time of writing, so it appears as if this will still be the case.

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The launch of the critically acclaimed RPG isn’t the only gaming-related thing to suffer from the outbreak of the disease.

Overwatch League and League of Legends have both had to cancel events in China, while some reports have suggested that there may be a delay to the launches of the Xbox One and PS5. We’ll just have to keep an eye on things as they progress.