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When is the Nintendo Switch 2 coming out? Release date, rumors and more

Published: 4/Jan/2019 12:42 Updated: 10/Jul/2019 14:35

by David Purcell

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With whispers about a new ‘Nintendo Switch 2’ console running rampant in the gaming community, here’s everything we know about the next console so far. 

The Nintendo Switch was released in March 2017, following months of leaks and rumors as to what it would look like and how it would perform.

It allows players to move between both a stationary console and a handheld, showing Nintendo were aiming to give players two different types of gaming experience. This is very different to the ‘entertainment system’ approach from Microsoft and Sony with the Xbox One or the PlayStation 4.

The Nintendo Switch has now sold over 35 million units overtaking the iconic N64 console. In short, it has proven very profitable for the premium handheld console suppliers.

NintendoThe Nintendo Switch console, first released in March 2017.

Hardware rumors & leaks 

The biggest piece of information we have so far about a potential Nintendo Switch 2 console is based on hints towards new technology. 

In March 2019, Nintendo pushed a 5.0 firmware update to its current Switch console, which was found to make reference to technology that is not included in their gaming systems at the moment. Switchbrew Hackers found reference to a new Tegra 214 chip, which will be an improvement on the Nintendo Switch’s T210 chipset. There was also a mention of upgraded RAM in their post, which could be rising from 4GB to 8GB in a future console, as well as an upgraded Print Circuit Board.

At this stage these potential hardware improvements remain unconfirmed but there is unlikely to be smoke without fire. It seems a good bet that there will be an improved Nintendo Switch at some point down the line, that will likely utilize the above hardware.

NintendoThe new Nintendo Switch Lite…

Two new Nintendo Switch consoles?

It doesn’t seem a completely alien concept that there could be multiple versions of different consoles coming with the next-generation. Microsoft is reportedly working on two versions of their next Xbox – aimed at different audiences. 

Back in October, The Wall Street Journal also reported that, according to “suppliers and others with direct knowledge of the plan”, a new console is likely to include several performance updates, upgraded LCD display and new software functionality.

Nintendo LifeScreenshot showing Nintendo Switch Mini accessories appearing on the Spanish Game website – this looks to be for the Nintendo Switch Lite now that it has been announced.

Nintendo Switch Lite announced

One of these supposed two consoles was confirmed on July 10 – with Nintendo announcing a “Lite” version of the Switch. It is a smaller version of the original Switch which doesn’t have detachable Joy-Cons, can’t be outputted to a TV but will come at a cheaper price of $199.99 RRP.

It will release on September 20 and be available in three different colors – yellow, grey and turquoise. It is also important to note it will only be available for Switch games that are compatible with handheld mode – something that can be seen on the back of all Nintendo Switch game boxes.

Release Date

It’s sometimes difficult to predict when a new console is going to be released, especially something like the Nintendo Switch 2, but we do have some key pieces of information which could help us work out a potential timeline. 

We now know the Nintendo Switch Lite will release in September 2019 but an upgraded version of the console, and its release date, may not be available for a while.

NintendoGames like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate have given the Switch new life.

Key Takeaways

If you look back at the five-year lifespan for the Wii U, it’s possible that Nintendo could potentially replicate that and look towards 2022 as a general release date for the Switch 2.

While there will be a lot of rumors to keep up with in the meantime, what we have to work with right now is purely speculation. However, as the Nintendo Switch Lite has been confirmed for 2019, there’s a chance that prototypes of any Switch 2 console could spring up later this year – like Microsoft did when they first showed us the Xbox One X at E3 2017.

It remains to be seen just what Nintendo will do before they decide to upgrade the Switch. What is for sure is that fans will be eagerly anticipating the news.

Last updated 10:35 ET, July 10, 2019.

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Police hunt for suspect after hoax hostage situation at Ubisoft Montreal

Published: 13/Nov/2020 19:45 Updated: 14/Nov/2020 0:37

by Theo Salaun

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Reports indicate that there is an ongoing hostage situation involving dozens of people at Ubisoft Montreal’s headquarters in the Mile-End neighborhood of Montreal, Quebec. There have been no confirmed injuries.

Update (7:35 p.m. ET): Ubisoft Montreal have released a statement regarding the hostage situation. “We are extremely relieved this was resolved without incident and we’d like to thank you all for your support and kind words.”

No injuries were reported at the offices. Montreal Police are launching a full investigation into the call.

Update (5:04 p.m. ET): All of the Ubisoft Montreal’s building occupants are being safely evacuated by Montreal’s police force and the police have joined local news in suggesting that the situation was, in fact, a hoax perpetrated by a call within the Ubisoft headquarters. No suspect has been identified or apprehended at this point, but the SPVM are actively investigating.

Update (4:04 p.m. ET): While local news outlets are reporting that the hostage situation was a hoax, Montreal’s police force have indeed confirmed that there appears to be no active threat and that the building’s occupants are being evacuated.

Update (3:33 p.m. ET): Little is known about the police force’s ongoing activity in attempts to enter the building, but CTV News reports that Ubisoft’s employees have been told, via company memo, to “hide in an area that locks and to keep quiet.”

Update (3:00 p.m. ET): Heavily armed Montreal police tactical units are approaching the building and preparing to make entry. Dozens of employees remain on roof and no injuries or negotiations with the suspects have been reported thus far.

Update (November 13, 2020 at 2:49 p.m. ET): Police appear to have barricaded off the daycare at Ubisoft Montreal’s headquarters, at least 50 employees have barricaded themselves atop the building’s roof, and tactical police units have blocked off surrounding streets and appear to be preparing to make entry. Current reports indicate that there have been no injuries thus far, according to local news on the scene.

With numerous reports and tweets from local news and Ubisoft Montreal employees, respectively, it appears that a hostage situation is unfolding at the company’s headquarters but that all employees are safe. 

In the afternoon, it was reported by Quebec’s TVA Nouvelles that dozens of hostages were being held at Ubisoft Montreal’s building on Saint Laurent Boulevard. This ongoing situation was echoed by Montreal’s police department, who put out public announcements to avoid the area due to the police’s efforts there.

Shortly after, numerous employees, including Programming Project Lead Gavin Young and a Production Marketer for Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, tweeted that they were indeed safe and sound despite what was happening in the building.

Although ‘Valskuiken’ tweeted that they would be going home, it appears that a large conglomerate of employees have made their ways to the building’s roof and have barricaded themselves up there by blocking off the door to the exterior.

Further, reports from TVA Nouvelles indicate that a ransom request has been made by the suspects, but it is unclear what has come of it as police continue to operate in the vicinity.

At present, it appears that numerous employees are safe but it is unclear what is precisely happening with the situation given the multi-floor building’s space and large occupancy. At least 50 employees have made it to the roof, wherereports show they are holding up safely. However, in anticipation of the police force making entry into the building, it seems that ambulances and a tactical police force are arriving to the scene.

As reports indicate, the tactical forces approaching the building include numerous police officers, tactical police units, and heavier vehicles. There have been no indications of injuries thus far, so it appears that the ambulances are predominantly a precautionary measure.

We will be continuing to update this page with updates as they come in and as the Montreal police force and local news provide information to the public about the current circumstances.