One of the biggest releases of 2018 - and of this entire decade, in fact - was Red Dead Redemption 2. The game released to universal acclaim and generated over $725 million in revenue in just three days when it launched earlier this year, but sadly skipped Nintendo's current system.
Of course, realistically, we doubt many people would have expected the game to arrive on Nintendo Switch in the first place; consisting of a large, interactive open world and an incredible level of graphical detail, Red Dead is simply too technically demanding to run on Switch in its current, regular state. This doesn't mean that Nintendo wouldn't like to see the game on its system, however, as proven by Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Reggie was asked specifically about interest in games such as Red Dead Redemption 2. He notes that Nintendo would be "absolutely" interested in having the game on its platform, but that all major releases appearing across other platforms at present wouldn't have been designed with Switch in mind - hence the absence.
"Absolutely. We’d love for it to be there. But again — and this is where there needs to be an understanding of just the development process — Red Dead has been in development for years, time that predated any communication of Nintendo Switch. So, from the developer’s mentality, they need to move forward and finish the game they’ve been working on and then be in a position to look at other opportunities."
So what about major games which have only been dreamed up recently? "We'll see," says Reggie.
"Any game from a key third-party that’s coming out now, typically that development started well before any conversations about Nintendo Switch. What happens moving forward? We’ll see. But that’s how you wind up with a situation with Red Dead not being available on our platform."
With games like Skyrim and DOOM now appearing on Switch - which would have seemed impossible just years ago - the console isn't too far behind on catching up with its rivals. Bethesda has already confirmed that DOOM Eternal will launch across all major platforms - including Switch - so is it possible that other developers will follow suit now that the Switch is well and truly out in the wild? To quote the main man himself, we'll see.
Do you think we'll start to see major releases launch across Switch and other platforms simultaneously in the future? Or do you think Nintendo's machine will always play catch up a couple of years down the line? Share your thoughts with us down below.