Up until this point on the NX/Switch hype train we really haven’t gotten any screenshots or even trailers of what a game running on the Switch can look like. Last night, Jimmy Fallon got to play Zelda: Breath of the Wild live on a Nintendo Switch. That was the first gameplay seen running on a Nintendo Switch and not superimposed onto the screen. And man was the gameplay smoother than many expected on the handheld device itself(It’s also thinner than I thought it was.), but from the footage we got to see it didn’t really look all that different from the Wii U version. Granted, its still months of development to go so that can change, but as of right now the only difference I could see was no framerate drops.
And now that gameplay demo has been followed up with the announcement of a new Switch title called “Seasons of Heaven.” This announcement was made, not with a trailer, but with screenshots. Take a look:
I’ll be the first to admit, that while I’ve always believed the Nintendo Switch had more power under the hood than most thought it did, this exceeds even my expectations. Like, that’s some gorgeous lighting and foliage. Heck, I think I even seen subsurface scattering on the character and leaves. Nintendo is officially a part of the next generation people.
Oh, and if you’re interested in the story that the game intends to tell(I kind of am.), here’s what the developer, Any Arts Production, had to say:
“One of America’s great authors, Louis L’Amour once said, “There will come a time when you believe that everything is finished. Yet, that will be the beginning.” In Seasons of Heaven that is exactly what a small group of people who find themselves survivors of the greatest purge every known will ultimately come to realize. In their struggles to survive on a stripped and barren earth, they will learn that humans across the world literally died as a result of their own careless actions. Centuries of lying waste to the very land that sustained them was what would kill them in the end. The animals would be killed and eaten into extinction. The water needed to sustain all life would be polluted until it was undrinkable, and the air would be filled with waste that would suffocate the oxygen that was vital to their survival and the survival of everything else on earth. As the survivors learn to survive in a whole new world they will have to remember that the very things that gave their fellow humans a sense of superiority and even omnipotence were what had killed them in the end. Seasons of Heaven will take you from deep inside of a mystical forest at the beginning of time all the way through to the twenty-first century and the fall of civilization. It will take you on a journey with Yann, a young boy with Asperger’s syndrome and his faithful companion, Ani, a French bulldog who Yann is able to communicate with through telepathy. As you follow along on their journey you’ll have the opportunity to meet the rest of the major players and bear witness to the enlightenment of some and the demise of others. This story will allow you to experience the awe of discovering the most beautiful, magical place that ever existed while at the same time staying only one step ahead of the dark and vile underbelly of the human race.”
And just so we’re clear, I got all this from here: