Treat this as the rumor to end all Switch rumors. According to sources over at Let’s Play Video Games, From Software has a small group of developers who have Dark Souls III up and running on the Nintendo Switch.
The project reportedly took “several months” to finish, and the brass is “happy with” the level it is running at.
The sources claim that From Software and Bandai Namco aren’t committed to releasing the port yet, and they are currently gauging interest and looking at sales data to see if enough interest will be there.
Currently, according to the report, From Software wants to re-release the entire trilogy on the Nintendo Switch at the same time the trilogy bundle launches for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Dark Souls would be a huge boost for third-party support
Nintendo has been praised by just about every publisher and developer since announcing the Switch, and many say that the company is doing a better job pitching their system to third-party companies. If it happens to land Dark Souls, that would be another feather in its cap next to the likes of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
The big question is, does anybody want Dark Souls on their Switch? The first two games should have no problem running on the hardware, and if the third game is up to satisfaction, I’d be curious just to see how Nintendo can handle it. Otherwise, the appeal of taking Dark Souls anywhere is something that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One don’t offer.
The Dark Souls series and its creator Hidetaka Miyazaki are also on record for pointing towards The Legend of Zelda as one of their biggest inspirations. To see this and Breath of the Wild on the same machine would be something special.
Remember, the Wii U saw a lot of early third-party ports as well, but they stopped flowing once gamers stopped buying. Mass Effect 3 comes to mind. If Nintendo wants third-parties to flock to its console, then the gamers have to buy. It’s simple as that.