Nintendo Switch owners will get a chance to play No Man's Sky this summer

Nintendo Switch owners can start playing the much-maligned procedural open-universe space game right from the palm of their hands soon.

Back when it was first released in 2016, No Man's Sky was a controversial game for failing to live up to expectations. However, Hello Games put in the work and turned No Man's Sky into an actual procedural game that's closer to their initial promise. After going through one of the best redemption arcs in gaming, No Man's Sky is now set to go further beyond as the game makes its way to the Nintendo Switch.

At this point, we wouldn't be surprised if Hello Games finds a way to port No Man's Sky to mobile phones.

No Man's Sky's Nintendo Switch port was confirmed at the most recent Nintendo Direct showcase and will come with every piece of content that's been released for the game since it was launched. In addition, the Switch port of No Man's Sky will support both handheld and docked modes, letting you explore a procedurally generated universe while on the go.

As we've already mentioned, Hello Games had done an excellent job turning No Man's Sky into one of the best games available today. But, making it available on the Switch is an entirely different story. The massive world is taxing on hardware, which should pose a problem for the Switch's more humble specifications. The silver lining here is that No Man's Sky surprisingly doesn't take up much space despite the unlimited exploration it could potentially deliver. Regardless of platform, No Man's Sky's final install size usually hovers around 11GB to 12GB, which is small by today's standards.

No Man's Sky probably won't look as amazing on the Switch, but you'd be surprised how a little bit of optimization goes a long way in making games look great on Nintendo's portable console.

Having said that, we're still curious to see how Hello Games will pull off running No Man's Sky on the Nintendo Switch with minimal compromises. We doubt that the studio will want to see a repeat of 2016 where No Man's Sky had technical and performance issues, among others. So far, the initial trailer is promising, but we'll have to wait for a few more months to see more of No Man's Sky on Switch as Hello Games reveals a proper release date.

In other news, Microsoft just confirmed that it wants to bring Call of Duty to the Nintendo Switch. We also got wind of a Batman Arkham Collection for Nintendo's portable console. Since the most recent Nintendo Direct focused on games that will be released during the first half of 2022, the leaked bundle might not be announced until much later this year.

Aron Gerencser
Gaming at least as long as he's been walking, Aron is a fan of all things sci-fi and lover of RPGs. Having written about games for years, he's right at home reporting most of the breaking news in the industry and covering the happenings of the e-sports world. Graduating summa cum laude from Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi with a BA in Media Production, Aron has been a game journalist since 2014. When not writing, editing or playing, Aron is building models which you can find on Instagram.
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