Switch in time
The original Nidhogg was four years in the making, with Essen fitting it into a busy schedule, including finishing off a postgraduate degree. Released first for PC, it made its way to PS4 and Vita 18 months later. Development this time has been a good deal quicker, and there’ll be no staggered release: the game will launch simultaneously for PC and PS4 next year. What, though, of Switch, the new Nintendo console whose split controllers seem ideally suited to Esshof’s brand of pixellated pugilism? “It looks awesome,” Norindr says, “and it’s perfect for Nidhogg.” Formal discussions are yet to begin, but a Switch release seems a safe bet.