The Switch Version of Digimon World: New Order Lacks a Crucial Feature

The Nintendo Switch version of Digimon World: Next Order has been launched, although it lacks a feature included on the PC and PS4 versions. Some players may be dissatisfied with the change if they prefer to maintain the most authentic experience possible from the original Digimon World.

Players of Digimon World: Next Order assume the roles of either Takuto or Shiki in the virtual Digimon World. The player character is accompanied on their journey by a pair of partner Digimon that can develop and change over time based on their performance in training and fighting.

Digimon World
Digimon World

Originally released in 2016 for the PS Vita in Japan alone, the game did not make its way to the rest of the world until 2017 when it was ported to the PS4 and other systems. More Digimon and missions have been added to the adaptations, but Switch owners are learning the hard way that one feature is missing from the portable device.

Those who have only recently gotten their hands on the latest ports of Digimon World: Next Order will be disappointed to learn that the Switch version does not feature Japanese audio.

Fans are confused by the fact that the Nintendo Switch version of Digimon World: Next Order only supports English audio, even though players on the original PlayStation 4 port and the recently released PC port were given the option of playing with Japanese audio with subtitles or English audio.

Bandai Namco has not explained why the Japanese audio is absent from the Switch version, and there are no current plans to add it. Many gamers may be content with English audio, but, strangely, a feature that has always been accessible in the West is being disabled.

It is possible that a game’s audio would be truncated during a port to a platform that lacks the storage capacity to accommodate it. Although the game’s roots are in the PS Vita, it seems highly improbable that the Switch wouldn’t be able to accommodate both translations on its somewhat more advanced technology and larger storage.

If you’re looking for further information on other games, you can find it in the patch notes we covered previously-

Digimon World
Digimon World

For the time being, players who want to hear the game’s original soundtrack will need to track down a PS4 classic or buy the PC version of Digimon World: New Order. Those interested in a portable Digimon experience with Japanese audio still have a choice thanks to the Steam Deck and Digimon World: Next Order.

Unfortunately, this is bad news for anyone who has already purchased Digimon World: Next Order for the Switch. Fans can hope that in a future patch, Bandai Namco would reinstate the Japanese audio, but they shouldn’t hold their breath.

Released today ( 2 Feb 2023) for PC, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch, Digimon World: Next Order is a must-have for Digimon fans.

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