- Panzer Dragoon: Remake will receive a PC release.
- The game was originally a Nintendo Switch exclusive.
- This isn’t the first time the Switch has failed to keep a tight lid on its portfolio of third-party exclusives.
Panzer Dragoon: Remake iscoming to the PC via Steam, and its release may spell trouble for future Nintendo Switch exclusives from third-party developers.
TheNintendo Switch, like other consoles, banks on offering gamers exclusive content that they can’t find anywhere else. However, it looks like the hybrid gaming device is having trouble keeping those exclusives, well, exclusive.
Third-Party Exclusives Hang Nintendo Out to Dry
Earlier this year,Octopath Traveler stopped being an exclusivefor the Nintendo Switch. That change was due to its release on Steam – just like Panzer Dragoon: Remake.
In isolation, this case wasn’ttoobad for Nintendo, as the game did remain exclusive to the console for roughly a year before coming out on PC. However, things get worse when we look at another Nintendo Switch game from this year.
Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes came out back in January for the console and remains a Switch exclusive. The issue is director Suda 51 announced in May thatports are in the works for the PC and the PlayStation 4. While those ports aren’t ready yet, their early announcement may have undercut sales of the game on Switch.
Panzer Dragoon Comes out Later this Year
Now we get to Panzer Dragoon: Remake. The game isn’t even available on the Nintendo Switch yet, and already it’s coming to another platform. To make matters worse, it looks like it might releaseon Switch and PC at the same time. The game hasa release window of Winter 2019for both the Steam and Switch versions.
To be fair, this does mean that Panzer Dragoon: Remake will remain a Switch console exclusive, but for how long? Also, will the same be truewhen the Panzer Dragoon II Zwei: Remake comes out, or will it just launch on all consoles at the same time?
Nintendo’s first-party titles are great, but the company needs to lock down more exclusive third-party games. That’s especially true if it wants to be ready for the next-generation console warthat will start in 2020 whenthe PlayStation 5andNext Xboxcome out.
This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth.
Last modified (UTC): October 26, 2019 16: 52