Nintendo NX rumours continue to come thick and fast, but Nintendo itself has remained silent on its new system - and will do for the foreseeable future it would appear, as the new console isn't being showcased at this year's E3, as was previously expected.
Ahead of its 2017 launch, the Japanese company is keeping the system under wraps from the media. However, it would seem that this lockdown doesn't stop there - many third-party developers don't seem to have much information on the platform, either.
Paul Yan, Toys for Bob's associate creative director, says that his company hasn't heard anything from Nintendo about the NX - which is strange, as one would assume that Skylanders was exactly the kind of title that would suit the new console:
We haven't heard any news from Nintendo, so we don't have any announcements.
Lou Studdert, associate producer at Toys for Bob, adds:
I don't know what [the NX] is, Nintendo keeps a very, very, very, very, very tight lid on everything.
Meanwhile, Ready at Dawn cofounder and chief creative officer Ru Weerasuriya states that his studio doesn't have a NX dev kit and is waiting to hear from Nintendo:
The day one plan [for Deformers] is to launch on Xbox [One], PlayStation 4, and PC… What about NX? That's the thing. Honestly, we are waiting.
Not everyone is getting blocked out, however. We've heard rumours that dev kits are out there, after all. The aforementioned Deformers is Ready at Dawn's new title, and is being published by GameTrust, a GameStop subsidiary. Mark Stanley, vice president of internal development at GameTrust, did admit that his firm is in talks with Nintendo:
On the GameTrust side, we've seen where [Nintendo is] at and that's a conversation that keeps going… Since they announced the NX officially, they've been kind of wrangling a lot of the inquiries… and, from my perspective, it seems like they're trying to get their hands around what type of they content they want to have for their launch window.
Nintendo is clearly being selective with which developers it shares information with, and it makes sense to withhold dev kits from companies that aren't intending to support the new platform. However, you could argue that it works both ways - without access and info, what incentive do studios like Ready at Dawn have to bring their games to NX?
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