During Nintendo’s E3 2019 Direct presentation, the company announced that Resident Evil 5 and 6 were both being ported to the Switch, with a release planned for “Fall 2019”. Now, we know that both games will release on Tuesday 29th October.
Resident Evil 5 was designed specifically for cooperative play, and it generally received positive reviews when it launched back in 2009, although many people criticised the games more action orientated approach rather than the survival horror that the series is best known for. Likewise, Resident Evil 6 got very mixed reviews when it launched in 2012, with many reviewers criticizing the inconsistent quality of the games four campaigns, all of which were also playable in co-op. Both Switch ports will also be available to play co-op, either locally or online.
The most interesting thing as we approach the launch will be finding out how much the games will cost, something which Nintendo has held off announcing as of yet. Back in February, Nintendo faced backlash when they announced that the Switch ports of Resident Evil Zero, Resident Evil HD Remaster, and Resident Evil 4 would all cost £29.99 each. To put that into perspective, you can buy the Resident Evil: Triple Pack—which contains all three of the games in question—on the Xbox One for £39.99, just £10 more than the cost of just one of them on the Nintendo Switch.
It remains to be seen whether the dreaded ‘Switch Tax’ will strike again in the case of Resident Evil 5 and 6, but I do hope that Nintendo has learned their lesson this time around.