Bethesda Says Fallout 76 For Nintendo Switch "Wasn't Doable"
Xbox One, PS4, and PC players will soon enrich themselves in the harsh world of Fallout 76, all the while Nintendo Switch users will make do watching YouTube videos about how great it is. Sorry, guys.
However, this may not have been the case if the popular handheld device could just do more. And by 'do more', we don't exactly know what 'more' means. Bethesda do, obviously.
As reported by GameSpot, whilst speaking at PAX Aus, Bethesda reps shared wishes of bringing every game they develop to the Switch - including 76 - but this time it "just wasn't doable."
Bethesda's Pete Hines said:
The Switch is something I can say with certainty that... it's a part of every conversation with every dev we have now about what we're doing going forward, because we consider it to be a viable platform. If the game will work on it, we want it to be on every platform possible. Fallout 76 is not because it just wasn't doable.
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.
I enjoy us being seen as the third-party leader in terms of supporting Switch. People go, 'Hey, you've got a lot more stuff [on Switch] than this publisher or that publisher.' That's what I want Bethesda to be known as. We're guys who will take some risks
Unfortunately, Hines didn't detail why 76 can't be ported for the Switch, but we reckon size plays a massive part. Appalachia (the name of Fallout's latest map) is roughly four times larger than Fallout 4, which was pretty damn big anyway.
Plus, the Fallout series has never been made into an online experience before - in fact, no multiplayer Bethesda title has ever made its way to the Switch - so 76 probably wasn't the easiest place to start.
Hopefully handheld players will get to enjoy 76 on the Switch one day, similar to how both Diablo III and Dark Souls recently ported for Nintendo's flagship console. Remember: you guys are getting Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, don't let the post-apocalyptic absence get you down.
What do you think about this news? Would you have liked to play 76 on the Switch? Are you a handheld-only player? Have you played the 76 BETA? Let us know.
Fallout 76 is set to launch on 14 November for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
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