Ubisoft have announced that they will be releasing a cloud version of Assassin’s Creed Origins for Nintendo Switch in Japan. The game will follow the streaming price model that Capcom used for their streamed release of Resident Evil 7.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for Nintendo Switch was announced at the most recent Nintendo Direct. The game will be available for players to enjoy streamed directly to their console for the cost of $6.50 a day, or around $75 for a full game pass, which will last for two years.
In an interview with Gamespot Ubisoft stated that this cloud release is exclusive to Japan and won’t be rolled out to the rest of the world. They also confirmed that they have no plans to bring the cloud version of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey to any other regions.
Resident Evil 7 was the first Nintendo Switch game to see a cloud version announced in Japan. The game is available for $17.80 for 180 days of playing time, and seems to have set a precedent for triple A cloud releases for Nintendo Switch.
The advantage of the cloud version of Resident Evil 7 is that it would only take up 45MB of data on the console, leaving most of the built-in storage untouched and available for other titles. It’s unlikely that Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will be able to be downloaded completely to the Nintendo Switch either, and will most likely take up a similar amount of memory.
Mobile devices are more popular in Japan, which is potentially why cloud releases of these big budget games is only happening within that region. The Nintendo Switch continues to sell well around the world however, so there’s a chance that Capcom and Ubisoft are testing the water with these cloud releases in the Japanese market in order to judge how well they could perform worldwide.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey launches in early October on Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC, currently there is no release date for the cloud version for Nintendo Switch. The game is the most ambitious in the series, giving players an even bigger world to explore on both land and sea, bringing back mechanics and systems from one of the series’ most beloved titles, Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag.