The launch date for the Nintendo Switch version of Dark Souls Remastered has finally been announced. It’s coming out in mid-October; on the 19th, to be exact. The Solaire of Astora amiibo will also come out on the same date. There will also be an online Network Test ahead of release.
Dark Souls Remastered has been out on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for several months now. The Nintendo Switch version, on the other hand, has yet to launch. Originally, the plan was for the Switch version to come out along with the rest, but they then moved it to an unspecified date during the summer. The summer wore on, and we learned nothing new. Well, thanks to the Bandai-Namco Twitter, we now know exactly when Dark Souls Remastered will launch on the Switch: on October 19th. Not exactly summer, granted, but there you go.
So, why exactly did it take so long for the Nintendo Switch version of Dark Souls Remastered to come out? Well, it could be that porting games to the Switch is more complicated than for other platforms. However, we should note that the Tweet also mentions an online Network Test that will take place before release. Also, the new release date puts Dark Souls Remastered after the Switch paid online service goes live. Considering how key online interaction with other players is to the Dark Souls experience, I’d wager this is one of the most likely reasons for the delay.
As for the Solarie of Astora amiibo, that too will launch on October 19th, together with the game itself. Who wouldn’t want a figurine of everyone’s favorite Sunbro? Hell, it unlocks the “Praise the Sun” gesture in the game itself. Maybe it will also unlock other stuff in first-party Switch games, as many Amiibo do. Personally, I’d love for the amiibo to unlock Solarie in the upcoming Smash Bros.