Assassin’s Creed running on the Nintendo Switch was one of the more surprising announcements from the recent Nintendo Direct livestream was the incoming arrival of the next instalment of Ubisoft’s AAA stealth-action series, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey.
The main criticism of the Switch is the lack of graphical power, and the difficulty of porting the AAA games you find on the console’s more powerful PS4 and Xbox rivals.
Publishers like Bethesda have done an impressive job of scaling down demanding titles so they can run on the Switch’s lower specs, with successful ports of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and Doom, and Doom: Eternal set to join the roster in 2019.
But Nintendo seems to be further circumventing those hurdles by looking to the cloud.
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey will be set in ancient Greece and is set to release globally on October 5 on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. Players in Japan, however, will have the option of streaming the game to their Switch – strength of their internet connection permitting – overcoming the physical limitations of the console.
The Switch can only run in 720p in handheld, and at a max 1080p resolution when docked and playing through a TV or monitor, so even if Nintendo’s servers struggling somewhat, it will be a scaled down version of the title.
There won’t be any Assassin’s Creed cartridges or download files floating around, but this news does open the door to other games coming to the Switch.