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Control and Hitman 3 are headed to Nintendo Switch via the cloud

Cloud-enabled gaming was previously only available in Japan

The main character in Control lashes out with her mind, throwing an enemy through a cloud of debris. Image: Remedy Entertainment
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The award-winning action adventure game Control is now available on Nintendo Switch, and stealth puzzle game Hitman 3 will also land there soon. Both of these graphically intensive games will use cloud streaming technology to run on the hybrid handheld device. The announcement was made today during a Nintendo Direct presentation.

Titled Control Ultimate Edition — Cloud Version, the game was previously released for PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One. The Switch version includes the base game and the first two expansions, The Foundation and AWE. It also includes the Expeditions end game mode, photo mode, and all of the additional updates since the release of the original.

Hitman 3 — Cloud Version is the conclusion of the World of Assassination Trilogy. The game is expected to be released on Windows PC as an Epic Games Store exclusive in January 2021. No launch date for the Switch version was offered. Expect the final product to include plenty of sandbox locations to explore, and creative ways to bring down your assassination targets. Today’s trailer showed Agent 47 parachuting out of a plane, only to land on a skyscraper, before offing someone with a thrown shovel.

This isn’t the first time that Nintendo has rolled out cloud-enabled gaming for the Switch. The technology made its debut in Japan, with titles such as Phantasy Star Online 2, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and Resident Evil 7.