DrinkBox Studios’ Severed, originally released on the PlayStation Vita, is debuting on the Nintendo Switch this week. But those downloading it to Nintendo’s latest system should be advised the game is only available to play in handheld mode.
Testing out Severed on Switch, IGN discovered that, when the Switch is docked, a warning telling the player “This game is only played in handheld mode,” as seen below:
IGN reached out to DrinkBox regarding the decision to make the game only playable in handheld mode. A representative for the studio said while the company did test out motion controls to make the game playable when docked, they “were really unhappy with the results.”
“Severed was initially designed as a touch-screen game,” a representative for DrinkBox said. We did do some experiments with motion controls early on in development, but were really unhappy with the results. For the experience to work well, players need to swipe with precision, and need to be able to see what they are touching. Even simple things like slashing specific pots to break them can become extremely annoying to do when using motion controls or an on-screen cursor.”
DrinkBox is also going to update the game’s eShop description on the Nintendo Switch store page to better emphasize that the game is playable in handheld mode only.
Severed is not the first Switch game to be handheld mode-only — Switch launch title in Japan Voez could only be played via the touchscreen, not when docked.
For more on Severed, check out IGN’s review of the game when it first debuted on the Switch.
Jonathon Dornbush is an Associate Editor for IGN. Find him on Twitter @jmdornbush.