Zelda-like Indie Title Oceanhorn Coming to Nintendo Switch

The game's publisher is electing to forgo a Wii U release.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild may very well be the most exciting Zelda game released in years, but in the event that you prospective Switch owners out there aren’t able to get their fix from that game’s bountiful offerings, you’ll be pleased to learn that there is a Zelda-like alternative on the horizon. 

Publisher FDG Entertainment has confirmed that they are bringing developer Cornfox & Bros. 2015 indie hit Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas to the Nintendo Switch. The publisher previously announced that they planned to bring the title to a Nintendo console, but the popular theory at the time was that they were talking about the Wii U. 

Their decision to migrate the game to Nintendo Switch seems to speak volumes about the Wii U’s chances at receiving any further releases of note. Oceanhorn could have easily released for Wii U, but the publisher’s choice to wait for the release of the Nintendo Switch does suggest that even indie developers are going to be jumping ship to the next Nintendo console. 

FDG Entertainment has not confirmed when the game will be released for the Nintendo Switch outside of a vague 2017 release window but given that this action-adventure title shares more than a few similarities with the Zelda franchise in terms of gameplay and style, it seems likely that they will try to distance themselves from the release of Breath of the Wild and the console itself. 

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At this time, there’s been no word on whether or not Oceanhorn‘s upcoming sequel, Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm, is also going to be brought to the Nintendo Switch.