Annapurna Interactive and Mobius Digital announced during Nintendo’s Direct Livestream that Outer Wilds is arriving on Nintendo Switch in 2021.

Outer Wilds, the critically acclaimed indie game that started as a student project by creator Alex Beachum, is bringing its expansive open-world to Nintendo Switch.

Announced during Nintendo Direct’s live-stream on Feb. 17, game developer Mobius Games and Annapurna Interactive confirmed that Outer Wilds lands on the Switch in Summer 2021.

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Released in 2019, Outer Wilds is a first-person, space-age simulation game, that allows players to explore its puzzling and sprawling world, doing a variety of tasks that spans from deciphering alien writing to roasting marshmallows by an open fire. Gamers are tasked with space exploration while also simultaneously being trapped in a time loop.

What began as Beachum’s student project for his graduate thesis has led him to become the Co-Creative Lead at Mobius Games and Creative Director of Outer Wilds. Previously, the game was only available on Xbox One, PC and PlayStation 4, making the Switch debut the first time the game has been played on a handheld system.

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In 2020, Nintendo decided to do several mini Direct live-streams, instead of one long Direct event. The 50-minute long Nintendo Direct stream on Feb. 17 marked the first time in more than a year that the gaming company has held a singular event to announce upcoming games on its consoles.

The official press release for Outer Wilds‘ arrival on Nintendo Switch reads,

Annapurna Interactive and Mobius Digital Bring Outer Wilds to Nintendo Switch

Los Angeles – Feb. 17, 2021 – Today on the Nintendo Direct livestream, Annapurna Interactive and Mobius Digital announced that Outer Wilds, 2019’s critically acclaimed mysterious first-person space simulator game, is coming to Nintendo Switch this Summer 2021. Previously released on Xbox One, PC and PlayStation 4, this open-world exploration game rewards players’ curiosity as they probe their surroundings, track down mysterious signals, decipher ancient alien writing, and roast the perfect marshmallow. Watch the official announcement during the Nintendo Direct reveal here.

Outer Wilds started as a student project by Creative Director Alex Beachum, and the alpha version of the project won the Seamus McNally Grand Prize and Excellence in Design awards at the 2015 Independent Games Festival. Following its launch, Outer Wilds has garnered numerous industry accolades including award wins from the BAFTA Game Awards 2020, New York Game Awards 2019, Golden Joystick Awards 2019 and Pégases Awards 2020, as well as nominations from The Game Awards 2019, D.I.C.E. Awards 2020, SXSW Gaming Awards 2020 and Game Developers Choice Awards 2020.

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Source: Annapurna Interactive

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