Digital Foundry talks to id Software and Panic Button about the challenge of bringing DOOM Eternal to Switch

The making of an impossible port

I've said a few times now that I believe DOOM Eternal to be the most impressive port for the Switch. Technically the game isn't a port, as a Switch version of the game was planned from day one with the other versions. Still though, a ton of work and special tweaks had to go into making it work on Switch. The end result was seriously impressive, and that's thanks to the work and direction of both id Software and Panic Button. You can hear how they managed to pull off this massive achievement in the video above.

id promises multiple content updates for DOOM Eternal in 2021, including Switch campaign expansions and more

2021 is DOOMed

DOOM Eternal finally landed on Switch this month, giving Nintendo fans a chance to rip and tear their way through DOOMslayer's latest adventure. While there's plenty of content to enjoy, id is already cooking up even more for next year. Improvements, bug fixes, content expansions, and much more are on the way. See what id has in store via their message below.

DOOM Eternal gameplay round-up

Hell’s armies have invaded Earth. Become the Slayer in an epic single-player campaign to conquer demons across dimensions and stop the final destruction of humanity. The only thing they fear…is you.

Panic Button says DOOM Eternal was their most difficult port to date

A Hellish project

Panic Button has handled many a high-profile port for Switch, and with some astounding results. The company has been involved in projects many thought impossible for Switch, and they all required a great attention to detail. That said, it seems Panic Button's latest project was the toughest yet.

In an interview with NintendoEverything, senior producer Cody Nicewarner commented on the challenge of bringing DOOM Eternal to the Switch. You can see his full statement below.

Doom Eternal is a technically demanding title. Our starting point, with all the tricks we brought over from previous titles already in place, was comparable to how Doom (2016) ran without any optimizations. So yes I’d say it was the most difficult title to bring to the Switch.

DOOM Eternal "Switch Vs. Xbox One X" comparison, file size revealed

Not too shabby!

We finally got a trailer for the Switch version of DOOM Eternal, along with a Dec. 8th, 2020 release date. With this new trailer, we can see how the Switch version of the game stacks up to the other options. Check out the comparison video above.

Along with that video, we've gotten file size info for the game. DOOM Eternal will take up 17.5 GB on Switch.

DOOM Eternal still coming to Switch, but digital only

We're not DOOMed yet

GameStop is causing some Switch owners to worry today, as they're calling people who pre-ordered DOOM Eternal on Switch and telling them the game is cancelled. Normally that would be a big cause for concern, but we have some insight into the situation that should put people at ease.

While I can't say specifics just yet, and I also can't say specifically who gave me info, I will say that I have 99.9% reason to believe that DOOM Eternal on Switch is alive and well. All I can say is that my reason for believing the game isn't cancelled comes from an official source close to the project. If there's any truth to this news from GameStop at all, perhaps it's tied to physical release plans, and not the game overall.

I've reached out to my source and others tied to the project to hopefully get a comment on the matter. If/when we get that statement, I'll be sure to let you know.

Thanks to WolfStarSonic for the heads up!

UPDATE - The Bethesda Support Twitter account has shared the following messages. Make of them what you will.

UPDATE 2 - DOOM Eternal is not cancelled for Switch, but will now be digital only. You can find a statement from Bethesda below.

"While Doom Eternal is 100% on track for an imminent digital-only release on Nintendo Switch, the absence of a physical release at retail resulted in cancelled pre-orders.. Affected customers will receive full refunds and should contact their preferred retailer for more information."

id Software says DOOM Eternal's Switch release date will be revealed soon

No more DOOM and gloom

Switch owners have been patiently waiting for new info on DOOM Eternal's Switch version, and it seems that patience will be paying off soon. In a GameReactor interview with id Software's Marty Stratton, we learn that info on that launch should be right around the corner. Check out a quick summary of what Mr. Stratton had to say below.

- talking about a release date pretty soon
- Switch version has made great progress
- will be a 'feather in the cap' for Panic Button
- will be 'every bit as good' as DOOM 2016 was on Switch
- DOOM 2016 felt a little bit like an experiment, and DOOM Eternal is another step
- not watering it down at all, and people can expect the full experience

Thanks to Sergio for the heads up!

Check out the launch trailer for The Elder Scrolls: Blades

That music sure is something

Looks like the early release date info was true, as The Elder Scrolls: Blades is now available on Switch. You can check out the launch trailer for the game above, which has...quite an awful choice for music. Who the heck picked that song?!

The Elder Scrolls: Blades will have a free version and $15 "Quick-Start" version at launch

Pay to play...if you want

The Elder Scrolls: Blades seems set for launch on May 14th, 2020, and fans will have two options to choose from. We already knew about the free version, but a $15 Quick-Start version will be available as well. Check out info on that version below.

The Quick-Start Edition includes exclusive armor and a powerful weapon to help you survive dangerous quests and take on exciting battles in the arena. These legendary items were once owned by the notorious Bloodfall King, Durak gro-Batul.

Bring distinction to your own by adorning it with an exclusive decoration, the Sylvan Fountain, available only on Switch. The Quick-Start Edition also provides valuable scrolls, building materials, 2000 Gems, and 30,000 Gold – 200% value!

Coughing up some cash will get you some exclusive goodies, but going in on the free version will still provide you with the same gameplay experience.

First look at DOOM Eternal's DLC shown

Eternally fighting

While Switch owners are still waiting for a release date on DOOM Eternal, the official DOOM Twitter account is already showcasing some tidbits from the game's first round of DLC. This is campaign DLC that will eventually be offered on Switch as well. If you don't mind the tiniest bit of spoilers, you can read the blurb on this DLC after the jump.

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