CrossCode is one of the most interesting action role-playing games currently available on PC. While the game in a nostalgia-filled affair, having been inspired by some of the best games released during the 16-bit era, such as Chrono Trigger and Secret of Mana, CrossCode has enough unique features that allow it stand on its own merits.
The game is currently being ported to consoles, including the Nintendo Switch, but it seems like fans will have to wait a bit longer to get their hands on it.
Deck13, who is handling the port, recently confirmed that CrossCode will not be released in 2019 as announced earlier this year. Progress has been good, but the game has to be delayed due to some concerns.
Apparently, making a straight port was not an option, as the game has been written in HTML5, which not only causes performance issues on consoles, but it may also cause some security issues that would prevent the game from being approved by the console manufacturers. As such, the team has come up with an interpreter, which requires more work to be stable.
As the code was read by the interpreter and then translated into something the console would understand and then read by the console. It is like watching a movie in a movie in a livestream. Yet: We have it under control now. We’re still ironing out the last issues, fixing some broken bosses and quests (which also have to be interpreted which means the interpreter must be able to read them etc.). But we’re getting there.
CrossCode is now available for PC. The game will be released next year on Nintendo Switch.