Bethesda Announces DOOM and Wolfenstein II for the Nintendo Switch
Bethesda delivered what was perhaps the biggest surprise during yesterday’s explosive Nintendo Direct. Bethesda announced that both DOOM and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus will be available for the Nintendo Switch; the former will launch this Holiday season, while the latter is coming out on the hybrid console next year.
No further information has been released so far, but it’s a safe bet that this is possible thanks to the scalability of the id Tech 6 engine (powering both games) as well as the fact that Nintendo Switch fully supports Vulkan, which proved to deliver a significant boost in performance in DOOM. That said, it will be interesting to see whether DOOM can run at 60 frames per second in this port.
DOOM was unanimously praised when it launched last year. Dave gave it an 8.6/10 score while adding:
So, is DOOM worthwhile? Well, if you’re the kind of gamer who wants a brilliant 10-14 hour campaign where you’ll shoot and listen to metal breakdowns, then yes, 100%. If you’re the kind of gamer that didn’t even consider the single player when looking at this game, then no. DOOM in 2016 is possibly the best single player experience you can have with an FPS on modern consoles and for that alone, it is deserving of praise. Oh, and also you don’t aim down sights. That’s probably the best part of it all, actually.
If you’ve been searching for a bombastic single player FPS, then you need not look any further than this new DOOM game. If you want a special multiplayer experience, though, DOOM doesn’t deliver as well.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, on the other hand, is due to release on October 27th for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Set in 1961, it will feature protagonist B.J. Blazkowicz trying to rally Nazi-occupied America against the oppressors.