It has been announced by Ripstone Games that Poker Club is coming to Nintendo Switch.
The game is currently in development and is designed as a social experience rather than a standalone title, aiming to fuse the console with poker games, bringing people around the world together.
Taking the popular themes of poker and adding next-generation technology, the game will offer various online multiplayer modes, customizable tournaments and open tables. Built using the popular Unreal Engine 4, it promises to be the most advanced poker simulation from a graphical point of view, as well as perhaps one of the most helpful. There will be an advanced tutorial feature, helping newcomers to the game get involved easily. It is also reported there will be cross-generation play, making it accessible to many players.
“Poker Club is going to be the ultimate poker experience when it launches this year. Not only will it fully leverage the power of next-gen PC and console technology, but more importantly it will offer players a highly immersive social experience,” Phil Gaskell of Ripstone Games told Nintendo Insider.
It is not the first time that the social aspects of online gaming have been brought into the console world. Nintendo also has the Four Kings Casino available for Switch, another title that looks to develop the themes of online gaming within the home entertainment sector. It focused on the wider casino experience, not only boasting Texas Hold’em poker but also slots, blackjack and roulette, amongst others.
The release will see poker and indeed online casino games take another huge step towards accessibility. Online poker has been popular ever since the poker boom at the turn of the century, with films such as Rounders helping drive it to the public conscience. There is an element of that with this release, the combination of Nintendo as a popular brand and of course, poker. Indeed, the wide range of online casinos covered on Tux Slots demonstrates the diversity within the gaming market, both on mobile devices and consoles, which appeals to new players. Some casino services have even gone as far as to combine traditional gaming with modern pop culture through casino games dedicated to a franchise like the Marvel universe. A knock-on effect of this has been to make poker, baccarat, slots and even table games more accessible and accepted, both as serious gaming pursuits and within console titles too. It has been evident for a few years which direction the industry was taking, with the inclusion of a Casino Nights stage in Sonic Forces. Intentionally or otherwise, a title like Poker Stars has been almost inevitable as two hugely popular digital pastimes, home consoles and online gaming, headed in the same direction.
The release is not just coming to Nintendo; it will be on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and most likely the next generation of both those consoles too. The cross-generation support also makes it accessible, meaning fewer barriers for friends to face if they want to play together.
If the title is a success, and there is no reason why it should not be, then it could be this festive season’s sleeper hit as serious poker players around the world are attracted by the updated graphics, accessibility and scope to play on their sofa with their joypads, rather than squinting at a mobile phone or tablet.