Here’s Why Hollow Knight On Nintendo Switch Still Hasn’t Come Out

One of the most anticipated games on Nintendo Switch is Australian indie darling, Hollow Knight. It was originally scheduled to release in early 2018, but we hadn’t heard anything until now.

Unfortunately, it looks like it’s going to be a little bit longer until we get to play the game (or even get a release date). This is mainly due to the fact that Team Cherry want to make sure that the game runs at 60FPS. They’re also working on localisations as well as the last few bugs that are getting ironed out.

Here’s exactly what they had to say on their website:

Status report! Everyone here at Team Cherry HQ, including our buds from Shark Jump, has been working furiously on the Switch port. It’s all looking and playing great, but we’ve still got some stuff to iron out.

Performance: Our aim has always been minimal load times and a steady 60fps for Switch. Over the last month we’ve smoothed out the last couple of problem spots and we’re all locked in on this stuff now! Hollow Knight is looking great on that Switch screen!

Languages: As of Lifeblood, HK’s is now in 10 Languages! And for Switch release these have to be in great shape. Getting the localisations cleaned up, with all their unique alphabets and spacings, has been a big undertaking, though one that goes largely unseen by players. We’re close on this, and we’re using the Lifeblood beta to iron out any last issues.

Bugs: The game is more solid than ever, however there are still a few niggling crash bugs and other odd behaviours that need some special attention. This is the pointy end, and that short-list is constantly shrinking, but to be launch ready, we need to get it completely clear!

Release: Given the current status of the build, we’re not yet ready to give an update on release window. We know that can be frustrating to hear, but like we’ve said before, we don’t want to set a concrete target until we’re sure we can hit it, and the game is rock-solid. We’re close, but there are a lot of small bits to tie up and plenty of testing to do. We’ll keep working at it and we’ll keep everyone updated as we approach the big day!

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