Even though we’re still waiting for Nintendo to announce the widely rumored Nintendo Switch Pro, it looks like the first game for the company’s next-gen hardware may have been revealed.
Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, which was revealed during Microsoft’s Xbox and Bethesda Showcase at E3 2021, is also planned for Nintendo’s next-gen hardware – likely to be the Nintendo Switch 2 – according to the game's developer Rabbit & Bear Studios.
In a Q&A on Kickstarter, the developer was asked which platforms Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes will release on day one. Along with the usual suspects, Rabbit & Bear Studios also said that Nintendo’s next-gen hardware would be one of the platforms, though didn’t specify whether this would also include the Nintendo Switch Pro, if it does get announced.
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“As originally pledged to the backers the game will be released on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Steam, Epic Games Store, and Nintendo’s Next Generation Hardware,” Rabbit & Bear Studios’ response reads.
After almost looking like a certainty before E3 2021, Nintendo still hasn't revealed a successor to the Nintendo Switch. Whether that's in the form of a mid-gen refresh with the Nintendo Switch Pro, or an entirely new system in the form of a Nintendo Switch 2, after almost five years on sale, it's clear Nintendo will be preparing to release new hardware soon.
Long term investment
Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes was the most successful video game Kickstarter of 2020, and raised the equivalent of $4.6 million from 46,307 backers. The game is set to release in 2023, which almost guarantees that it will indeed feature on Nintendo's next-gen hardware, whatever form that may take. It will also be available to Xbox Game Pass subscribers on day one.
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