Fans of role-playing games were ecstatic in 2019 with the release of Disco Elysium. A deep role-playing game involving a murder case, it turned out to be one of the year’s best video games. An improved edition of the game (named Disco Elysium: The Final Cut) was released this year and added new features, quality of life improvements and other things to what many consider the best RPG on PC.
Disco Elysium: The Final Cut, however, did not launch on Nintendo Switch this March, with developer ZA/UM promising a Switch version would arrive later this year.
This means that Nintendo Switch owners wanting to take the RPG for a spin have been waiting for months in order to get their hands on the award-winning game.
Thankfully, though, ZA/UM has announced that Disco Elysium: The Final Cut will be arriving on Nintendo Switch on October 12, and will be priced at $39.99 US dollars on the Nintendo eShop. Aside from releasing on Nintendo Switch on October 12, the game is also hitting the Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S on the same day.
According to eastern European developer ZA/UM, Disco Elysium: The Final Cut on Nintendo Switch is not a mere port, but the experience has been redesigned for those who want to play on the go.
“This is not a port but a painstaking re-assembly of the critically acclaimed game for the detective on the go, including a redesigned user interface experience for portable gaming, font scaling options, improved legibility across the board and all quality-of-life enhancements from previous iterations”, said ZA/UM in a press release.
This is surely a good thing taking into account that Disco Elysium is a deep and absorbing role-playing game (which some consider the best on PC) and which will soon be available for Nintendo Switch owners to play.
And saying Disco Elysium is the best RPG on PC is not such a far-fetched thing: some have compared it to role-playing classic Planescape Torment, but it’s arguably the better game. It’s currently the highest-rated PC game of all time on Metacritic, with a critic score of 97, which is certainly impressive.
Playing as an amnesiac detective, Disco Elysium tasks players with solving a murder case in a dystopian city of the future named Revachol. Like Planescape Torment, the game has a ton of text to read (but thankfully the script and writing are first class), plenty of interesting characters to have thought provoking conversations with, and plenty of quests to solve outside of the main plot line. The game has been controversial, though, and was banned in Australia for a while.
The biggest addition in the “final cut” version of the game is full voice acting for all characters in the game (which improves the atmosphere no end) and also full controller support on PC.
Of course, the Nintendo Switch version of the game will have a control scheme optimized for both docked and handheld mode, actually game makers ZA/UM have stated that the game has a “redesigned user interface” for portable gaming, letting Switch owners play detective on the bus as well as their home…
It’s clear, though, that Disco Elysium is not for everyone, as not every player craves the deep role-playing and text heavy experience the game offers. But those who’re into RPGs in any capacity will surely have a blast playing Disco Elysium: The Final Cut (if the Switch version lives up to the hype, that is) when it’s released later this month.