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The Estranged series began life as a free, fanmade mod for Half-Life 2 on PC back in 2014. In the nearly seven years since, series creator Alan Edwardes has worked to bring a sequel to life as a full-fledged standalone game. Last year, those efforts paid off, with Estranged: The Departure launching on Steam to 80% positive reviews.

Today, the first-person indie adventure title docks on the Switch eShop!

“Estranged: The Departure follows the story of a fisherman, stranded on a mysterious island during a violent storm. Little does he know his adventure has just begun, and the island is home to more than it first seems.

Experience what the island has in store as you uncover the secretive Arque Corporation, burrowing ever deeper into their dangerous and haphazard operations.

  • Experience the unique first person adventure
  • Immerse yourself in the rich narrative and unique characters
  • Interact with items, computers and audio logs for environmental storytelling
  • Protect yourself with guns and melee weapons, with familiar shooter combat”



Alan had this to share on bringing his passion project over to the Switch:


“I’m thrilled to release Estranged: The Departure on the Nintendo Switch! It has been a journey of just under 7 years of work in my spare time to get to this point, and I can’t wait for players to experience Estranged in handheld form.”


Estranged: Act 1 ended with a startling cliffhanger — one this writer has been clinging to for over half a decade — and while this latest entry is a completely standalone experience, it’ll be nice to finally have some closure for the mysterious fisherman’s misadventures at sea!

Estranged: The Departure is available now on the Switch eShop for $5.99.


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Written by Marcus Ramirez

A writer and dreamer who loves all things tropical, bright, colorful, and shiny. Marcus is obsessed with Kingdom Hearts and patiently awaits its triumphant return to Nintendo hardware. He has a (totally real) court order that requires him to always have a 3DS or Switch on his person when leaving the house for more than a few hours.