Bethesda is talking to Nintendo about the Switch

Posted: 8 August 2016 11:02 am News


At QuakeCon in Dallas, Texas, we asked Bethesda Softworks vice-president Pete Hines about the likelihood of Bethesda Games coming to the Nintendo Switch.

It’s QuakeCon time, which means Bethesda is front and centre in gamer's minds as the show delivers new demonstrations for its impressive roster of upcoming games.

Over the coming week we will take you through all that is new in regards to Doom, Quake Champions, Dishonored 2, Prey, Fallout and The Elder Scrolls Legends, but for the purposes of this post, I was interested in one thing.

What was Pete Hines’, vice-president of Bethesda Softworks, position on the Nintendo Switch, scheduled for release on March 2017? We’ll publish the full interview soon, but here is a quick snippet of how that part of the conversation went:

What is Bethesda’s position on the Nintendo Switch as an outlet for titles: is it a case of wait and see, or do you believe your titles will end up there?

Like with mobile, we want to have the right fit for the right formats.

Pete Hines: We talk to Nintendo all the time – we’re pretty well briefed in on what they are doing. It’s definitely something we will look at; and our philosophy is that we will put our games out on any format that supports the games as we envisage and make them. If the NX fits that from a technical standpoint, and fits the game that a developer in our stable is making, I don’t see why we would not put it out on NX. But it’s too early to say, "we’ll definitely be putting games out or not." Like with mobile, we want to have the right fit for the right formats.

Our take? It seems like Bethesda are not sold that its upcoming roster, which includes tech-pushers like Prey and Quake Champions will be able to work on the Nintendo Switch and the “wait and see” approach is currently in play. That said, the likes of The Elder Scrolls Skyrim HD, which shouldn’t be too demanding, could possibly be on the cards. Although the reference to “mobile” indicated that maybe it’s the likes of The Elder Scrolls Legends and/or Fallout Shelter that could appear on Switch.

As it stands, we’ll just have to be content with the knowledge that a dialogue between Nintendo and Bethesda is happening. The publisher is interested in the format if it can deliver from a technical standpoint so that it doesn't have to compromise the vision for its games.

The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Special Edition is available to preorder on PS4 and Xbox One from $85.99

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