The farming simulation genre has gained quite a lot of popularity over the last few years. This is mostly due to the rise of GIANTS Software’s aptly named Farming Simulator series. Its success has led to entries coming to 3DS and as of last year, even the Switch. Of course, the success of the series has led to other studios wanting to try their hand at the formula, and a new contender will be stepping up to the plate in just a few weeks Pure Farming 2018.
Developed by the studio Iceflames, this newest farming-sim is quite similar to that of the aforementioned Farming Simulator series, albeit with some subtle tweaks and changes to the formula. I’m handling the review of the game over on PC Gaming Enthusiast and have been playing it for the past few weeks. The developers recently hosted an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session over on Reddit, so I used the opportunity to pose a few questions to them. One of those questions was, of course, if Pure Farming 2018 would be coming to the Switch. The answer? Well, it wasn’t a no, but it wasn’t a yes, either.
James, who’s the Community Manager from the game’s publishing company Techland, answered my question with this response:
“No Switch plans at the moment. We’re 100% focused on delivering a quality game for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.”
This response is, unfortunately, one we’ve seen several times before from a few other studios. Now, I know this game in particular might not seem like some massive loss and I’ll admit that it technically isn’t. But, like I said earlier, the farming-sim genre is quite popular and Pure Farming is coming along rather nicely. After playing Farming Simulator 17 on Switch and experiencing it with that hybrid functionality, I’d love to see more farming-sims hit the system. That’s why I asked the question in the first place. Still, the answer James gave was not a definite “no”, so there’s is at least a bit of hope. We’ll see!
Speaking of seeing, if you’re interested in what Pure Farming 2018 is all about and want to check out some gameplay, I’ve been doing a video series over on the PC Gaming Enthusiast YouTube channel. Here’s the latest video, uploaded just earlier today: