Former Xbox exclusive Pentiment is coming to Switch on February 22


Thanks to today’s Nintendo Direct focused on third-party games, we now know the identity of two of the four Xbox titles that Microsoft pledged to release on “the other consoles.” One of them is Pentiment, which is coming to Nintendo Switch on February 22 (i.e. tomorrow). The other is multiplayer title Grounded, which will arrive on Switch on April 16.

Pentiment debuted on Xbox, PC and Xbox Cloud Gaming in late 2022, and it was well received by critics. The RPG has an eye-catching historical art style that fits the story a small team at Obsidian wanted to tell. Still, it’s a bit of a niche game and one that game director Josh Sawyer admits would never have been possible without Game Pass.

“The old mentality of publishers and developers is generally focused on larger investments with higher [return on investment], and that’s not the point in this environment, in this ecosystem,” Sawyer told Waypoint Radio, as noted by Eurogamer. “[Game Pass] is the only way in which I conceive of [Pentiment] being viable.”

That makes it particularly intriguing that Xbox picked Pentiment as one of the four games it’s bringing to other consoles (it’s worth noting that the number of Game Pass subscribers hasn’t actually grown much over the last couple of years). Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer said earlier this month the titles in question had all been on Xbox and PC for at least a year and that they had reached their “full potential” on those platforms.

Two of the games are community-driven (i.e. multiplayer titles), and Grounded is clearly one of those. The Honey, I Shrunk The Kids-inspired survival game has been around for a few years. It debuted in early access in July 2020 before its full release in September 2022.

The other two games crossing the great divide are “smaller games that were never really meant to be built as kind of platform exclusives and all the fanfare that goes around that, but games that our teams really wanted to go build,” Spencer said. Pentiment more or less falls into that category and had been rumored as one of the games to hit Switch and/or PlayStation. The other two Xbox games expected to come to other consoles are Hi-Fi Rush and Sea of Thieves.



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