Rumor: Xbox Port Announcement and Two Immediate Releases Planned for Nintendo Indie World Stream
Monday’s 20-minute Indie World livestream from Nintendo is expected to share lots of new information about indie games coming to the Switch, and if one rumor is to be believed, it could also reveal a former Xbox exclusive coming to the platform and the immediate release of two games.
Anticipation for the Indie World stream was already running high before a rumor revealed even more exciting news. According to Daniel Ahmad, an industry analyst with a history of credible leaks, the stream will reveal a port of an Xbox game and two games will be “shadow dropped.” The term shadow dropped refers to a game that’s released as soon as it’s announced. Ahmad also said that several anticipated games will get confirmed 2019 release dates, including Northgard, Trine 4, and Blasphemous.
We're going to see another Microsoft / Xbox first game at the IndieWorld Direct on Monday.— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) August 17, 2019
So far we've had Minecraft, Cuphead and Super Lucky's Tale that have been Xbox exclusives come to Switch.
If you've been following rumors/leaks you can probably guess this one. https://t.co/hXrDJb1XxW
In a tweet, Ahmad says of the Xbox port, “if you’ve been following rumors/leaks you can probably guess this one.” If that’s the case, then all signs point to the port being Ori and the Blind Forest. Rumors of a Switch port of the excellent 2015 platformer have been circulating since earlier this year. Gematsu claimed that a Switch listing for Ori and the Blind Forest appeared on an undisclosed U.K. wholesale database. The French site Jeuxvideo also reported that a Switch version of the game was being considered in an article that also predicted the release of Cuphead for the platform. Cuphead, of course, did end up coming to the Switch, lending still more credibility to the rumor.
As for the two games expected to be shadow dropped, there’s no telling what they could be, but Nintendo has released some high-profile games without notice recently. At E3 this year, the company announced that Cadence of Hyrule and Collection of Mana would be immediately available on the eShop. Cadene of Hyrule had already been revealed but wasn’t given a release date, while the release of Collection of Mana came without any prior announcement.
Nintendo’s Indie World livestream will air Monday, August 19 at 6:00 a.m. PT / 9:00 a.m. ET. It will stream on Nintendo’s website.