No Man’s Sky is coming to the Nintendo Switch later this year. But not everyone is excited about the new port.
The science fiction exploration game will land on the portable Nintendo console on October 7, 2022. According to Hello Games, the Switch version of No Man’s Sky will have all 20 updates that have been released since the game originally launched on PlayStation 4 and PC in 2016.
When No Man’s Sky first came out, it was met with frustration from the gaming community. It promised infinite planets to explore, but felt repetitive, bland, underwhelming upon release. Since then, the gameplay has improved and it’s become a much more beloved space simulator that has players harvesting materials, discovering wild new creatures, and crafting a large variety of helpful items.
While gamers love the improvements and updates made to No Man’s Sky, it does lead some to wonder if the Nintendo Switch can handle the expansive game.
Will No Man’s Sky be worth it on Nintendo Switch?
It’s yet to be determined how No Man’s Sky will run on the Nintendo Switch and whether the new port will be worth it, but it’s easy to see why some in the game’s community are worried. The Switch has received other ports similar in size to the massive No Man’s Sky in the past and, while these games do run, they don’t all run very well.
The Witcher 3, Outer Worlds, Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, and other open world games have been frustrating for many to play on the Nintendo Switch. Some of these games suffer from much worse graphics, poor frame rates, and long load times, among other performance issues.
No Man’s Sky is not only open world but generates an endless galaxy full of unique planets to explore. Will the Nintendo Switch be able to handle this kind of port? This is currently unclear and players may have to wait to see reviews of the game when it comes out in October 2022 to decide if it’s worth a purchase.