PSA: You Probably Shouldn’t Buy Indivisible For The Switch

The RPG adventure Indivisible is finally available for the Nintendo Switch — but fans of the Lab Zero series probably shouldn’t buy it. The title is now available on the platform’s eShop, but based on the tweets of Lab Zero project lead Mike Zaimont, the Switch port “does not reflect the quality of standards of Lab Zero.”

Indivisible is an action-RPG adventure released by the same indie studio responsible for highly-acclaimed fighting game Skullgirls. Like SkullgirlsIndivisible was crowdfunded via Indiegogo; following its successful 2015 campaign — which raised over 2.5 million dollars — the game was released digitally for PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One in October 2019.

On April 28th, 2020, Zaimont tweeted that Indivisible was available on the Nintendo Switch eShop, but lamented the lack of any formal announcement or PR to promote the title. Zaimont was quick to clarify that his team was as surprised as fans were to learn that the game was now available as a digital download for the console, and suggested that while the port was well-done, it wasn’t up to his studio’s usual standards.

In his tweets, Zaimont identifies a number of issues with the Indivisible Switch port. In addition to the lacklustre release, the port itself is based on an older version of the game that lacks the game’s updates, such as the co-op and NG+ options. Furthermore, he states that incorrect artwork was being used to represent the game in the eShop.

Zaimont, to his credit, praised the porting group, making sure to commend them on what he described as “seriously excellent work.” It would appear that Zaimont’s primary concern is the lack of communication between Lab Zero and the game’s publisher, 505 Games. In another tweet, Zaimont explicitly stated that Nintendo was not to blame for the situation, nor was to port house — implicitly suggesting the issue originated with 505.

Zaimont appears to be taking the situation in stride, even joking on Twitter about the surge in his DMs; however, it remains to be seen what ramifications there may be down the road for the parties involved.

This is not the first time in recent memory that a publisher of a popular game series has voiced displeasure with its game’s Switch release. Cooking Mama: Cookstar was at the center of a much-uglier public discourse earlier in the month. At the beginning of April 2020, the Switch game Cooking Mama: Cookstar was pulled due to a legal dispute between the licence holders Office Create and the game’s developer Planet Entertainment. As it stands, it is unknown when (or if) that game will be made available again.

Thankfully, the reception of Indivisible‘s port on the Switch is less dramatic, and there are no signs of the title being pulled. Zaimont stated via Twitter that 505 has a patch planned that will update the Switch version with the missing features — although when fans can expect the update is unknown.

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