Fallout 76 on Switch ‘Wasn’t Doable’ Says Bethesda | Gaming News
“There is no game in development that we haven’t had a conversation about.”
Speaking at PAX Aus (as reported by GameSpot), Bethesda’s Pete Hines explained:
“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.”
No detail was given as to exactly what wasn’t doable about a Switch version, but the always-online nature of the game and absolutely gigantic world probably had something to do with it.
Hines went on to reiterate, however, that every Bethesda game is now considered for Switch:
“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.”
And why would Bethesda be pursuing this business philosophy?
“You go where the money is because that’s how you stay in business,” Hines explained, pointing to Nintendo’s huge early success with its hybrid console. “What we have seen compels us to say, ‘[Switch] is a viable platform for the kind of things we do going forward.’”
If you’ve got an Xbox One, PS4 or PC, and you’ve pre-ordered Fallout 76, you can access the games intermittent beta for the next week – here’s how and when to play. If you’re already playing, you probably want some power armour – we’ve got that covered.
Fallout 76 will be released on November 14.