Doom Eternal Nintendo SwitchSource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

Best Answer: Doom Eternal will finally come to Nintendo Switch on December 8, 2020. However, it will only be available in a digital format.

Why didn't it come to Switch on March 20, 2020?

Xbox One and PS4 owners both got to experience Doom Eternal earlier this year, but the game didn't release on Switch. So, why the delay? The gaming company, Panic Button, has been given the task of porting Doom Eternal to Nintendo Switch. This particular company has worked on past Doom titles and, in conjunction with Bethesda, wants to make sure that players get the best experience possible on Nintendo Switch. This port integrity partially accounts for the delay. Here's what id Software's Marty Stratton has said on the matter:

It's coming out a bit later than the game is on current consoles and PC, and really that's just because we want to finish the game on those platforms and then give Panic Button – our partner on it – the time they need to really pull those refinements into the Switch version. It's not going to be a huge delay, but we haven't announced the launch time frame yet, but they are fantastic partners. They are masters of that platform.

Panic Button is being "uncompromising" in its porting responsibilities and wants the game to be an enjoyable experience on the Nintendo Switch. According to Stratton, who's had the chance to play the game on this particular platform, he was "stunned" by this version and thinks it's going to surprise people.

What is Doom Eternal?

The very first Doom game was a first-person shooter that launched in 1993 for MS-DOS computers. It inspired several sequels, comic books, board games, mobile games, and other media. Today the series is still going strong and continues to focus on "Doomguy" hacking and slashing his way violently through demon hordes that literally came from Hell...on Mars. Don't think about it too much. Despite the base plot being so ridiculous that it's awesome, these are challenging games that require quick thinking and fast response times.

Doom Eternal is a direct sequel to the 2016 entry and features several new aspects like the flamethrower, which you can use to incinerate your enemies to a crisp. As you make your way through the game, you'll still get to listen to some sweet heavy metal songs while brutally destroying oncoming foes.

Why is Doom Eternal on Switch digital-only?

Bethesda Softworks has not explained its decision to only release Doom Eternal as a digital-only game. However, Doom Eternal's official website makes it sound like a physical version might be in the cards later down the road. We'll just have to wait and see.

Doom Eternal Qa PageSource: Bethesda Softworks

Regardless of the format, we can't wait to get our hands on the Nintendo Switch version!

Here to slay

Doom Eternal Switch boxart

Doom Eternal for Nintendo Switch

Armed to kill

Hack and slash your way through demons using retractable wrist-mounted blades, guns, and a flamethrower. There are both single and multiplayer modes.

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