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Starlink: Battle for Atlas

We’ve known that Virtuos worked on the Switch version of Starlink: Battle for Atlas. But as it turns out, the studio was extremely involved and handled a significant amount of development on Nintendo’s console. GamesIndustry spoke with senior technical director Jonathan Boldiga about what the process was like.

According to Boldiga, creating Starlink for Switch wasn’t easy. Ubisoft apparently “had very high standards in terms of what they wanted on the Switch platform” and the team had to do what it could to maintain visual parity across Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. In the end, Boldiga believes they were able to deliver “one of the best-looking Switch titles out there.”

System: Switch
Release date: October 16, 2018
Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft

The cosmos has always been fascinating. From our blue dot, Earth, being able to look up and see the stars shine, it’s natural to wonder what’s out there or what it’d be like to walk on other planets or visit other solar systems first hand. It’s because of this that I’ve always found sci-fi and space exploration intriguing regardless of the medium helping to bring those thoughts and galaxies to fruition with our imagination. Titles like Mass Effect, Elite Dangerous, Everspace, No Man’s Sky, and so much more have helped bring us as close as possible to experiencing the extraterrestrial within the comfort of our own homes (with significantly less danger) and laid the foundation as well as continue to push various ideas on what lies beyond the exosphere in a variety of different ways. Starlink: Battle for Atlas takes the best parts of space exploration, planetary farming, star battles, and more and brings them together in a way that’s immersive both in and out of the game with a toys-to-life approach that, surprisingly, doesn’t actually need any toys to be enjoyed to its fullest.

Earlier today, the latest UK charts were reported. One of the important bits of news was that Starlink: Battle for Atlas debuted at #14. That’s a bit on the low side, but what’s pretty significant is how many units were sold on Switch. Starlink can thank Switch for 82% of its debut sales, compared to just 10% on PlayStation 4 and 9% on Xbox One.

Also as we saw, the best-selling new Switch game was Dark Souls: Remastered. Luigi’s Mansion for 3DS appeared for the first time as well at #23.


Ubisoft has spoken about how it started its partnership with Nintendo on Star Fox’s Starlink inclusion a few different times. It all started back when Ubisoft unveiled the project at E3 2017, with Nintendo expressing interest in collaborating after trying out a demo at the show. What we didn’t know is that Ubisoft already started on things before the team received permission.

In an interview with Okay Cool, producer Matthew Rose said Ubisoft “started right away” merely because the developers were excited by the initial conversations with Nintendo. Rose also mentioned that the team “started drawing concepts, we made a 3D-printed Arwing that had their proper connectors and toys in it so that you could take it apart and everything.”

Starting today, Switch owners can purchase Starlink: Battle for Atlas. Get a look at a new launch trailer from Ubisoft below.

A couple of new comparison videos have come in for new Switch games. Find ones showing how the Switch versions of Starlink: Battle for Atlas and Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption stack up to their PlayStation 4 counterparts below.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas will be available on the eShop, but as we know, Ubisoft is offering a physical starter pack complete with Star Fox content. If you intend to pick up the retail version, keep in mind that there’s a hefty update involved.

We’re hearing that the Starlink pack comes with a 6GB day one update. No word on what’s included, but the file size indicates that significant content is included to make the game run and play as intended.


Ubisoft prepared two more character trailers for Starlink: Battle for Atlas. View videos focusing on Judge and Chase below.

Ubisoft uploaded a pair of character trailers for Starlink: Battle for Atlas. We have videos for Fox McCloud and Mason Rana below.

Footage has come in showing how Starlink: Battle for Atlas looks on Switch in handheld mode. Take a look at the latest gameplay below.