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Virtuos says bringing Dark Souls: Remastered to Switch was easier than they thought, tease 'exciting high-profile Switch games' coming from them soon

Virtuos was the team behind the Switch port of Dark Souls Remastered, and they managed to do a fantastic job with the port. In an interview with Nintendo Life, the team discusses what it was like bringing the game over.

To be honest, we thought it would be more difficult than it actually was. Regarding hardware-specific challenges, we had great support from Nintendo when we were solving technical issues and things like performance improvement. Personally, I found developing for Switch really comfortable and straightforward.

Virtuos has handled multiple Switch titles now, quickly becoming another go-to company for publishers looking to bring their titles to Switch. Later in the interview, we learn that Virtuos has some other Switch titles in the pipeline as well.

For obvious reasons, we cannot say what exactly we're working on, but we will definitely have some exciting high-profile Switch games coming out very soon. By porting Dark Souls we have proven that we can take on any Switch project, so we are confident we will get more projects in the future. As you might have seen in the last few weeks, we’ve also worked on Ubisoft’s Starlink: Battle for Atlas, which has received critical acclaim.

Virtuos details the process of bringing Dark Souls: Remastered to Switch

It took Dark Souls: Remastered a bit longer to hit Switch than other platforms, but the final results were indeed solid. Wondering how it all came together? In an interview with VGR, developer Virtuos explained how long the port took, and what the team spent time on.

“A bit more than a year. At the beginning, it took us several months until we got a playable version running because we had to make sure that both code and data are fully compatible with 64-bit format. We’ve also spent quite a lot of time on polishing and performance optimisation. And since there were both physical and digital versions of the game, there was about a 6-8 week gap between submission and the game hitting the market.”

Digital Foundry - Dark Souls Remastered analysis and comparison

Developer Virtuos crafts a unique port for Switch with its own pros and cons. At its basis, this is the original 360/PS3 version of the game with none of the visual embellishments seen in the PS4 remaster - besides the change to a dynamic 1080p while docked. However there's more to this version than first meets the eye, as Tom explains.

Update: Switch's GPU runs at 768MHz in docked mode - as opposed to the 968MHz mentioned here. This drops by 39% GPU power in its handheld state, to 307Mhz, which is correct in the analysis.

Switch's take on Dark Souls is mixture of good and bad, but it's clearly a success on balance. The main cause for concern is the compromised audio quality, which is glaring if you prefer to play with headphones. Otherwise, users should jump into this version expecting the original Xbox 360 or PS3 experience, tuned to run at a more solid 30fps and at a higher resolution to boot.

Full report here

GameSpot Video Review - Dark Souls Remastered

With Dark Souls Remastered now on Nintendo Switch, you'll be able to experience one of the decade's greatest role-playing games in an interesting new way.

Japan - Day 1 sell-through for Dark Souls Remastered and Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

How have the latest big-name Switch games done for their first day on the market in Japan. We've got some sales data on both Dark Souls Remastered and Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. Check out the details below!

Dark Souls Remastered

- 40%
- sold more than expected

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Bonus Edition

- 30%
- average debut, but sell-through could improve during the weekend
- PS4 version didn't sell that well either

Dark Souls Remastered cuts through the pack on Switch

SANTA CLARA, Calif., (October 19, 2018) -- BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. proudly announces that DARK SOULS™: Remastered is now available for the Nintendo Switch™ throughout the Americas. Experience DARK SOULS, the genre-defining worldwide phenomena in a whole new way on Nintendo Switch. The system’s unique portable capabilities means that players are never far from the action.

DARK SOULS: Remastered includes updated visuals and inclusion of the Artorias of the Abyss expansion bundled with the main game. Explore the twisted land of Lordran where tormented souls are lurking around every corner ready to put an end to a hard-fought journey. The unique portable nature of the Nintendo Switch means that players can level up their characters away from home in handheld mode and land the finishing blow of a boss fight on the couch in TV mode.

Nintendo Switch owners experiencing DARK SOULS for the first time will find secrets hidden throughout their journey as they uncover dark forests, a trap-filled fortress, a shining city with a dark past, a painted world, a poison-infested shantytown, dank sewers, crystal caves, and many more locations; each with their own set of challenges and larger-than-life bosses. Players will be able to outfit their characters as they see fit with a multitude of armor sets, weapons, spells, and items to assist them through the game.

Also available today is DARK SOULS™ Trilogy, a compilation of all three DARK SOULS titles for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One at participating retail locations for a MSRP of $79.99. DARK SOULS Trilogy includes DARK SOULS: Remastered, DARK SOULS™ II: Scholar of the First Sin™, and DARK SOULS™ III: The Fire Fades™ Edition packaged in an exclusive SteelBook® case. Each title includes all DLC add-ons for the definitive compete DARK SOULS experience.

DARK SOULS: Remastered for Nintendo Switch is rated “M” for Mature by the ESRB and carries a MSRP of $39.99. For more information regarding DARK SOULS: Remastered, DARK SOULS Trilogy, and other products from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., please visit http://www.bandainamcoent.com, follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BandaiNamcoUS, or join the conversation at https://www.twitter.com/BandaiNamcoUS.

Dark Souls Remastered - Famitsu print ad

Dark Souls Remastered is launching on Switch, and Bandai Namco is looking to spread the word however they can. Over in Japan, that means a fancy new print ad for the most recent issue of Famitsu. After such a long delay of the Switch version, let's hope promotions like this and a launch around Halloween can help get the game some of the attention it lost.

Dark Souls Remastered - Solaire of Astora amiibo unboxing & demonstration

Dark Souls Remastered has finally arrived on Nintendo Switch and with it the exclusive Solaire of Astora amiibo! We get an in-depth look at the amiibo itself and showcase exactly what it can do in Dark Souls!

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