Ori and the Blind Forest…on the Switch!
A new report suggests that Xbox Games Pass may be headed to the Nintendo Switch in the future via streaming.
Via Game Informer, Direct Feed Games, an “outlet that has a strong track record for rumors especially centering around Nintendo,” claims that Microsoft is preparing to publish ports of its games on the Switch alongside allowing Switch owners to stream Xbox Games Pass titles by its Project xCloud service.
This wouldn’t be the first time Microsoft-owned developers have had their games arrive on the Switch, as such games as Minecraft and the upcoming Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice have or will find their way to Nintendo’s latest console.
The report by Direct Feed specifically mentions Ori and the Blind Forest as one of the titles potentially headed to the Switch, and if so may indicate that its sequel, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, may make it to the Switch as well as it will also be arriving on Xbox Games Pass later this year.
Game Informer’s sources have indicated that this announcement “could come as soon as this year.”
This rumor would be consistent with Microsoft’s recent initiatives to expand the reach of Xbox, such as its plans to bring its Xbox Games Pass to PC and Xbox Live to Switch and mobile devices.
Xbox Games Pass arriving on the Nintendo Switch also wouldn’t be the first time game streaming has arrived on Switch, as Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Resident Evil 7 have been playable via cloud streaming in Japan.
Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN who NEEDS Ori and the Blind Forest on the Switch because it is one of his favorite games of all time. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst.