Outbreak: The Nightmare Chronicles Out On Switch

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Another entry into the Outbreak series is now available on Switch with Outbreak: The Nightmare Chronicles.

Paying homage to classic Resident Evil and Silent Hill titles, The Nightmare Chronicles is a single-player game featuring fixed camera angles, limited saves via consumable items, and panic-inducing encounters. And much like its RE predecessor, the game will feature a stately manor and nightmarish underground locales.

“I’m really proud of how Outbreak: The Nightmare Chronicles turned out,” says Dead Drop Studios founder Evan Wolbach. “The backgrounds, camera placement, and lighting alone add a very tangible feeling of dread to the game. In keeping with tradition, Outbreak: The Nightmare Chronicles also features a variety of game modes and an engrossing single-player campaign. For a solo developer like me, hitting all these targets was incredibly challenging – but I always had the end result in sight: a return to the glory days of the survivor horror genre.”

The Switch version of Outbreak: The Nightmare Chronicles carries over improvements and bug fixes made to the original Steam release, including:

  • Massive rebalancing – making “Normal” difficulty slightly more manageable with buffed supplies, improved damage, and more (“Hard” and beyond are untouched and remain incredibly difficult).
  • Superior enemy attack detection – giving the player more opportunities to dodge.
  • Numerous fixes including geometry tweaking, enemy placement, and more.
  • Significant performance and memory improvements.
  • Dramatic reduction in load times.

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Key features include:

  • Fixed camera angles harken back to the early days of survival horror games.
  • Dedicated Story Mode follows the player character, Lydia, as she becomes separated from her group.
  • Limited inventory space, beautiful environments, and horrifying monsters!
  • Fight through countless rooms in an action-packed Battle Mode – inspired by Resident Evil: Code Veronica.
  • Search rooms, read logs, find keys, and solve puzzles to survive.
  • Engage threats directly or run away to safety.
  • Save games using (in-game) floppy disks!
  • Choose from several firearms and melee weapons.
  • Multiple difficulty settings – Easy, Normal, Biohazard, and a “one-hit-kill” Nightmare setting for the truly insane.
  • No Internet connection required.
  • Supports Switch Pro Controller, Joy-Cons in tabletop mode, and HD Rumble.

Outbreak: The Nightmare Chronicles is the second Outbreak title to appear on Nintendo’s console – following the recent release of Outbreak: Epidemic.

The game is currently available for $11.04 USD and will return to $12.99 USD on Nov. 12.

To see oprainfall’s opinion on another recently-released Outbreak title, check out Scott Ramage’s PS4 review of Outbreak: The New Nightmare here.

About Leah McDonald

Leah's been playing video games since her brother first bought an Atari back in the 1980s and has no plans to stop playing anytime soon. She enjoys almost every genre of game, with some of her favourites being Final Fantasy Tactics, Shadow of the Colossus, Suikoden II and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Leah lives on the East Coast with her husband and son.