Bethesda has been one of Nintendo's biggest third-party supporters during the Switch generation so far, but unfortunately, its latest release - Fallout 76 - won't be coming to the hybrid system.
At a PAX Australia panel yesterday, Bethesda's Marketing Executive Pete Hines said the multiplayer Fallout game would not be released on the Nintendo Switch because it wasn't possible. He elaborated on this by saying how every Bethesda studio considers the Switch when releasing a new game:
The Switch is something I can say with certainty that it's a part of every conversation with every dev we have now... If the game will work on it, we want it to be on every platform possible.
Fallout 76 is not [coming to Switch] because it just wasn't doable. But honestly, there is no game in development that we haven't had a conversation about [bringing to Switch]. 'Does this work on the Switch, do you have a plan for the Switch?' It's not a mandate. Everything we do has to be developer-led, but it's something we want to make sure is on folks' radar.
Hines said he wanted Bethesda to be viewed as the third-party leader on the Nintendo Switch and known as the team that's willing to take at least some risks. He also has faith it will be a smart commercial decision in the long run:
You go where the money is because that's how you stay in business... What we have seen compels us to say, '[Switch] is a viable platform for the kind of things we do going forward.'
Despite the confirmation Fallout 76 and Elder Scrolls Online won't be released on Switch, Hines supposedly teased "the next Wolfenstein" game would, in fact, be coming to Nintendo's new device. As noted by GameSpot, Wolfenstein: Youngblood - a standalone sequel to Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus - has not been announced for the Switch. There's also a third mainline Wolfenstein game on the way, with platforms not yet revealed.
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