Alan Wake Nintendo Switch rumors start up again after new ESRB and PEGI ratings

Alan Wake
(Image credit: Remedy)

Update: Alan Wake has received two more ratings for the Nintendo Switch, this time from the ESRB and PEGI. 

An Alan Wake Nintendo Switch release is now looking more likely than ever after the game was rated for the Nintendo console not once but three times  - first by the Brazil Advisory Rating Board and now by the ESRB, which rates releases for the US and Canada, and PEGI, which does the equivalent across Europe. 

These two ratings have got fans speculating even more that perhaps developer Remedy has plans to bring Alan Wake to the Nintendo Switch via the Cloud, similar to the studio’s other hit game Control. There’s been no official word from Remedy yet though, so don't start preparing for pre-orders just yet. 

Original: Alan Wake Remastered could be coming to the Nintendo Switch if a new rating of the game is anything to go by. 

According to VGC, the Alan Wake remake has been classified by the Brazil Advisory Rating Board for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC, and Nintendo Switch. Although the majority of those consoles have already been confirmed to get an Alan Wake release, the news that it may also be coming to Nintendo Switch is new. 

It’s possible that the studio behind the remaster could be planning to recreate what it did with another one of its games, Control. Rather than release the game in the same way as they did on other consoles, Remedy opted to instead release Control Ultimate Edition for Nintendo Switch as a cloud version. 

This meant that you’d need a reliable internet connection to stream the game on your Nintendo Switch rather than just insert a cartridge or download it onto your console. However, let’s not make too many assumptions yet as it still hasn’t officially been confirmed that Alan Wake is even coming to Nintendo Switch, let alone if it will be a cloud version or not. 

Alan Wake was originally released on Xbox 360 and PC back in 2010. The action-adventure game follows the story of Alan Wake, a best-selling thriller novelist who is trying to uncover the mystery behind his wife’s disappearance. In typical Remedy fashion though, this isn’t as simple as it sounds as Wake will also encounter events from the plot of his latest novel, one that he can’t remember writing. 

Alan Wake Remastered has been confirmed to release on PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X on October 5, 2021. For now, we’ll just have to keep our fingers crossed that it’ll also make its way to Nintendo Switch soon. 

Want to know what else is on the way this year? Take a look at our new games 2021 list. 

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