On April 28, with absolutely no promotion, advertising, or forewarning in the slightest, popular RPG Indivisible apparently released for Nintendo Switch. The title was available on the Switch eShop, and could be purchased, downloaded and played without difficulty (well, beyond Indivisible’s now-infamous mid game difficulty spikes, that is.)
However, once you boot up the game, things start getting a little… weird. The adventurous tale of rebellious, determined Ajna is still there, and you can still complete her journey to defeat the warlord who destroyed her village – but some other elements are missing.
What was released for the Switch was not the most modern, up-to-date, accurate version of Indivisible, which originally launched for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in 2019. The Switch release lacks both New Game+ and a co-operative mode, and does not feature updates and fixes present in the most recent patches of the game.
Indivisible’s developer, Lab Zero, is less than thrilled about the Switch release, which was apparently carried out without their knowledge or consent. Mike Zaimont, who is Lab Zero’s lead designer and was heavily involved in the game’s creation, took to Twitter to express his confusion and disappointment.
HEY, THAT THING EVERYONE WANTED?@IndivisibleRPG is out RIGHT NOW digitally for Switch in North America!
Feel like you missed the announcement? You're not alone, our team found out because people on Twitter sent us congratulations! I had no idea! But there it is! :^P
— Mike Zaimont (@MikeZSez) April 28, 2020
“This launch does not represent the quality standards of Lab Zero. It just doesn’t.” Tweeted Zaimont. He also apologized to Indivisible’s fans, clarifying that they were not responsible for the development of the Switch port. “I’m sorry. It wasn’t us.”
The official @IndivisibleRPG Twitter acknowledged the unexpected nature of the Switch version’s release. They indicated that backers of the game’s original, highly successful Indiegogo campaign should receive their Switch download codes or physical copies of the game soon.
Following an unexpected turn of events, Indivisible has made a surprise leap to Nintendo Switch today in North America and Europe.
We apologize for the lack of warning and hope you enjoy Indivisible on Switch sooner than expected!
— Indivisible (@IndivisibleRPG) April 28, 2020
Robert Thomas, the game’s lead programmer, also said that a patch was being worked on which would fix the issues currently present in the Switch port of Indivisible and bring it more into line with the other released versions.
505 Games, which published Indivisible and is speculated to be the party responsible for the unexpected Switch launch, has so far refused to comment.
This isn’t even the first weird release that has hit the Switch this month. Earlier in April, Cooking Mama: Cookstar was released onto the eShop and then promptly removed, amid legal complications between the developer and publisher.
For now, if you’re interested in giving Indivisible a try, it’s currently available for 20% off on the Nintendo Switch eShop.