Listen. We know that journalism very rarely affects what large businesses like Square Enix were going to do, and we know deep down that this news was probably already in the works, but, at the same time…
Well, it’s probably coming to Switch. As is the case with so many of these early-days rumours, the only information we currently have is that the game has just been rated for the Nintendo Switch by the ESRB, which is a pretty good sign that we’ll get to play in on Ninty’s big/little screen. It was rated “M for Mature”, by the way, which is the same across all Life Is Strange games.
Unfortunately, there’s no new word, sign, or leak about the earlier Life Is Strange games also making it to the Switch, despite an earlier leak on ResetEra claiming that they would. Square Enix didn’t mention the Nintendo Switch at all when it premiered True Colors on its “Square Enix Presents” stream, despite being expected by many, so perhaps we’ll hear more about the previous LiS games further down the line.
Here’s the ESRB’s detailed rating description, in case you love reading about how games are slightly risqué because they use the word “bum” one time:
This is an adventure game in which players follow the story of a young adult (Alex) trying to manage her empathic powers while solving a mystery in a Colorado town. From a third-person perspective, players explore various locations in town and interact with townspeople.
Cutscenes depict some instances of violence: a man punching and kicking another character; a man shooting a character; a woman punching a character in the face repeatedly—Blood sometimes appears on characters’ knuckles and/or faces.
The dialogue contains some suggestive references (e.g., “You know dudes can do nice things without the expectation of getting laid, right”; “Maybe Diane and I still hook up”; “…I thought you were f**king my girlfriend!!”).
Some sequences allow players’ character to drink shots of alcohol or cans of beer, and one sequence depicts a drinking game in a bar. The town contains a marijuana dispensary; both marijuana and paraphernalia are visible when talking to characters in the shop.
The words “f**k,” “sh*t,” and “a*shole” appear in the dialogue.
And yes, you may have noticed a certain… similarity between the main character and one of our writers (*cough* me). We’re pretty sure this is a coincidence, because Kate doesn’t have magic powers.
Will you be grabbing the new Life Is Strange on Switch, or another platform? Let us know in the comments!