Asmodee Announces Carcassonne to Come to the Nintendo Switch

From Scythe to Splendor, Asmodee has been steadily moving the board gaming library to a digital library. And its about to take it even further. Asmodee recently announced that it would be moving Carcassonne to the Nintendo Switch this winter, with more titles soon to follow

From PC to Console

Carcassonne, and many other Asmodee games, are already available on the PC, Mac, and Steam. Moving to Nintendo Switch, however, will move the popular tile-based game into a different market -- the console market. It may be an interesting way for Asmodee to enlarge its existing customer base, especially following multiple expensive acquisitions. 

Many board games can transition fairly easily into the digital realm. Moving into PC and console spaces allows Asmodee to capitalize on already existing IPs without significant design and development costs. Once a game like Carcassonne is ported into the Nintendo Switch environment, it can be assumed that Asmodee will have a pipeline built that can be used to transfer other even more complex games.

Moving Into the Digital Board Game Space

A wider, more mainstream approach to digital board games may also encourage growth of the board game community, introducing those who might not otherwise have experienced modern board games to the hobby. Until now, many digital board game services have been used by those who are already fans of the tabletop versions of the games. Moving into a platform such as the Switch opens up the possibility that a new audience will be exposed. 

Digital board gaming is also being expanded by new technologies such as Virtual Reality, an example of which being Asmodee's VR Catan. Virtual reality is uniquely well-suited to card games, not just in terms of gameplay but also in terms of development -- as long as the game pieces are rendered, following the actual mechanics of the game can still be left up to the players. 

Services such as Tabletopia and Board Game Arena are also becoming more popular, though some argue that they strip away the core benefits of playing a "real life" game in real life space. Nevertheless, there are some popular games that work very well in a digital space, and are likely to be translated soon (if they haven't been already).