Lots of noise has been made about third party support on the Switch, with many claiming that this is finally the generation that Nintendo reobtains the trust of major third-party publishers and starts getting big hitter releases alongside other consoles. While the jury is still out on how this is going to pan out, Bethesda is one major publisher that previously had next to no presence on Nintendo consoles, but it’s been all in with the Switch.
Speaking more on the Switch, Pete Hines of Bethesda recently sat down with Dualshockers for an interview at PAX East. When asked about the possibility of past titles finding their way onto the Switch, Hines sounded open to the idea, even if there aren’t any existent plans:
It’ll just depend. It’ll depend on whether or not we think the game is a good fit for the platform technically and whether we think it’s something that audience wants on Switch. In that way, it’s literally no different than any other platform that we look at or any other game that we do. Hopefully, it’ll be a mix of both. If there’s stuff that folks want us to release on Switch and it’s a good fit and it works – great. If it’s new stuff going forward that we think is a good fit and will work on Switch, then we’ll do that too.
When asked about future titles, Hines made it clear that the priority is to release Bethesda games on Switch around the same time as the other versions, instead of later like with Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Here’s what he had to say:
That’s always our preference but in the case of Skyrim and DOOM, well, that wasn’t possible. In the case of Wolfenstein II, we needed the extra time and there was no way we were going to hold the other platforms to wait for Switch. From my perspective, any time we can bring it out on the Switch at the exact same time as the other platforms for new releases, I don’t know why we wouldn’t.
What do you think? Are third parties going to show up strong in the life of the Nintendo Switch? What Bethesda games would you like to see on the console? Share your thoughts in the comments below.