Don’t Starve Arrives On Nintendo Switch April 12th
Don't Starve Nintendo Switch

Klei Entertainment announced that Don’t Starve is due for release on the Nintendo Switch starting April 12th. The game comes with a fully packed with previously released expansion packs, jammed onto a single cartridge.

The Switch edition includes the original base game of Don’t Starve, along with the Don’t Starve Shipwrecked, and Don’t Starve: Reign of Giants. Each expansion offers something a little bit different. The base game focuses on gathering supplies, building up a safe harbor and eventually attempting to make your way back home. The Shipwrecked expansion centers around scavenging small isles in a little raft, as you attempt to build a bigger boat, battle sea monsters, and eat plenty of cooked fish.

You can see what the game looks like with the trailer below.

The trailer is just a minute long, mixing in some of the game’s well-regarded animated sequences with actual gameplay.

Klei’s survival simulator was never really that visually taxing, so it shouldn’t have had to go through any extensive downgrades to run at a reasonable frame-rate in the portable mode on the Nintendo Switch.

Unfortunately they don’t exactly say what the spec differences are between the portable mode and the TV mode, but I would suspect that the game will likely run 1080p at 30fps in TV mode and 720p at 30fps in portable mode. It seems to be the go-to specifications for most games that aren’t racing titles on the Nintendo Switch.

I think the biggest sin of all is that this isn’t Don’t Starve Together, so there is no co-op mode included in this version of the game. That’s right, you’re going to be completely without the co-op provided in Don’t Starve Together.

This means that you’ll either have to wait for them to port the co-op version over or hope that they add it as a free update, but I tend to doubt that given that a lot of people really want the co-op version that they’ll give it away for free.

You can look for Don’t Starve to launch on April 12th on the Nintendo eShop.


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