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‘Genshin Impact’ Nintendo Switch release date could be delayed further until the ‘Switch Pro’ launch, report claims

From a trailer for “Genshin Impact” version 1.5 | Photo credit: miHoYo via Genshin Impact channel / YouTube screenshot

The “Genshin Impact” version for Nintendo Switch has been in the works for some time now, and it may not be released anytime soon. A new report has claimed that its development is facing some issues due to the hybrid portable console’s hardware.

‘Genshin Impact’ for Nintendo Switch may come later than expected

The less-than-a-year old open-world action RPG continued to gain popularity as it became available to more platforms in recent months. It is highly anticipated to launch on Nintendo Switch, another platform owned by millions worldwide, but this might happen later than once thought.

A new tip from the known “Genshin Impact” source @GenshinReport suggests that the Nintendo Switch launch is “likely sometime this year.” The Switch version was confirmed in the same month the game was released on Android, iOS, Windows PC, and PS4.

“The Switch version of ‘Genshin Impact’ is currently under development,” miHoYo’s head of Global PR Communication Sam Lai told RPG Site last September. At the time, Lai also confirmed the studio will hold beta testing for this version of the game, but miHoYo has yet to announce when it will begin. A release window remains unknown as well.

The same report claims that Nintendo Switch’s “weaker hardware” is causing the development issues. It might explain why this version is still not available even though it was confirmed way before the game’s PS5 launch. “Genshin Impact” went live on Sony’s current-gen console in late April.

In a follow-up tweet, the same source mentioned the possibility for “Genshin Impact’s” Nintendo launch to become exclusive to the rumored “Switch Pro” console. It is reportedly planned with an upgraded custom processor from Nvidia with DLSS support. Aside from having a bigger display, the Switch Pro’s rumored upgrades are anticipated to let the upcoming console play games at up to 4K resolution.

‘Genshin Impact’ surpasses $1 billion mobile sales in first 6 months

While fans wait for the game’s Nintendo Switch version, “Genshin Impact” has already proven its popularity. Sensor Tower reported last March that Android and iOS players’ spending for the game has surpassed $1 billion in its first six months.

It is even more impressive to think that “Genshin Impact” reached that milestone three months faster than “Pokémon GO,” which was already a very popular title worldwide before the AR mobile game launched in 2016. It is going to be interesting how the launch of “Genshin Impact” on Nintendo Switch will impact its sales records in the future, considering that there are more than 84 million units of Switch shipped as of last March.

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