Atomic Heart officially released today on consoles and PC. But when we say consoles, we should specify, PlayStation and Xbox only. As of right now, the open-world action RPG is unavailable on Nintendo Switch. But will it ever come to Nintendo’s hybrid console?
At this point, neither developer Mundfish nor publisher Focus Entertainment have announced plans for a Nintendo Switch version of Atomic Heart. And they may never, either.
When the game was first announced years ago, it was only ever announced for Xbox, PlayStation and PC. That’s possibly due to the scope of the game.
Atomic Heart is a fairly large open-world game, but so was The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. What could be preventing it from coming to Nintendo Switch is its graphical fidelity.
Atomic Hearts looks visually impressive, but even so, it’s running on Unreal Engine 4. There have been many instances of Unreal Engine 4 games running on the Switch, from ports such as Vampyr and Fortnite to exclusives like Octopath Traveler and Seasons of Heaven. So it’s not like the Unreal Engine 4 game engine is too powerful for the aging hybrid console.
For the time being, Atomic Heart will only be playable on PlayStation and Xbox consoles as well as PC. That being said, I wouldn’t rule out the game’s eventual arrival on a Nintendo platform — it just may not be the Switch.
With rumors that Nintendo is working on a more powerful Nintendo Switch Pro — strengthened by the fact that Microsoft just announced a 10-year deal to have Call of Duty on Nintendo platforms — it’s possible that Atomic Heart could eventually get ported. If Nintendo were to come out with a more powerful Nintendo Switch console, then maybe we see Atomic Heart make the jump. That’s probably a ways off, though, so it’s best to just enjoy Atomic Heart on the consoles it’s currently confirmed for.