Nintendo Switch releases on March 3rd, but the big Switch event on the 12th of January seemed to be lacking something, and that something was major game announcements from western studios. This was naturally confusing at the time, given this was a globally broadcasted event that was being followed up with global media and public Switch demo events. We as of yet do not know the specs of the Switch, but it is widely considered to be based on the tegra X1 at clock speeds that could deter western third party studios. That is the assumption many of us have been making, at least until right now.
Executive vice president of Electronic Arts, Patrick Soderlund, clarifies the development process of the Switch and how Nintendo has been involving major third party players in the consoles development since the very beginning. Here is what he said in an interview with Famitsu magazine:
“I only spoke about FIFA today, but our company’s structure lets us release all sorts of games for every platform, so we’ll go wherever the gamers go. I think Nintendo Switch will put Nintendo at the forefront of the game industry once again. Their approach is quite different from anything they’ve done in the past – they’ve listened to EA, Activision, and other companies since the beginning of the Switch’s development, so we’ve been involved throughout the whole process. They teamed up with us because they wanted to guarantee the console would be successful. Doing business with Nintendo is very important for us… We’d like to bring more and more games over for everyone.” – Patrick Soderlund
The fact Nintendo involved EA and Activision specifically in the development process is extremely telling, as Nintendo has traditionally not involved major third party players in their console development. This could also explain why Nintendo teamed up with NVidia, given their close ties with many western gaming studios. On top of that, this likely means there are a ton of yet to be announced western third party games heading to Switch that were simply left out of the event, as it was hosted in Japan with a bigger focus on that Japanese audience. Safe to say, if there isn’t a more western aimed Nintendo Direct in the near future, we would instead likely see a pretty big third party push during E3 2017.
This is exciting news for Nintendo Switch owners, as this would mark Nintendo’s first true effort to bring third parties back on board. Third party support, combined with all of Nintendo’s own IP, is a dream many have had since they started losing that support with the N64.
Source: Nintendo Everything