Nintendo has made massive inroads with Switch in attracting third-parties to the platform, but gamers should keep their expectations in check when it comes to some blockbuster releases, particularly those with strong online multiplayer features.
While many a publisher and developer has praised Switch and its capabilities — including Overwatch game director, Jeff Kaplan, who said Blizzard was “open-minded” about exploring different platforms — Destiny 2 developer Bungie wants to make sure Switch gamers aren’t getting their hopes up for the possibility of the game coming to the platform.
Speaking with IGN, Destiny 2 project lead, Mark Noseworthy, said the prospect of the title appearing on Switch was unrealistic.
“Given we’re an online-only game, right?” he said, referring to the game’s online requirements.
“The Switch, because it’s a portable – and I love my Switch, I’ve got Breath of the Wild here, I’ve got it with me. It’s incredible, I love the console, but in terms of where it’s at, I don’t want leave anyone with the possibility of, like, ‘it’s a thing we’ll consider, maybe next year.’ There’s no plans right now for Switch.”
That should probably come as no real surprise, but it’s probably the first concrete, “Yeah, nah” from a third-party about bringing their game to the platform.
Nintendo is certainly working to improve its online prospects, with the likes of Mario Kart 8 and the upcoming Splatoon 2 establishing strong foundations for competitive gaming and its new paid online service.
However, it still stands as a big risk for publishers looking to maximise market share. The Switch’s sales continue to impress, but it’s questionable whether its portability allows for a game like Destiny 2 to function as intended.
Destiny 2 launches September 8 on Xbox One and PS4. There’s currently no release date for the PC version.