Assassin's Creed Origins on Nintendo Switch Isn't Likely

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Rumors on rumors. You may have heard something about a little game called Assassin's Creed Origins. WWG's Liam Robertson reported that, according to multiple sources, Assassin's Creed is making its return this year with Origins, and the game will feature two main characters, naval combat, and a brand new setting in Egypt and Greece. We saw a leaked screenshot today which corroborates the leak, and now our imaginations are working in overdrive. Naturally, there are millions of new Switch owners who are wanting to know whether the latest Assassin's Creed will make it to their portable consoles. A different Nintendo insider is casting doubt on that possibility.

After receiving what was no doubt a torrent of questions about a Nintendo Switch version of Assassin's Creed Origins, Robertson reported that he hadn't heard anything specific about the Switch. He mentioned that, personally, he didn't believe that the game would run on Nintendo's compact new console, and someone else chimed in to suggest that it definitely won't.

The tweet in question, which has now been deleted, came from Emily Rogers. Rogers has recently stated that she wished to retreat from the world of rumors and leaks to focus more on game development, but she did temporarily lend her voice to the conversation to declare with confidence that Assassin's Creed Origins would not be coming to the Switch. Rogers is well known to have several of her own sources within the development community and within Nintendo itself, so we're fairly confident that we can take her at her word.

Additionally, a gen-defining Assassin's Creed game isn't the type of project we'd expect to see ported over to the Switch. Now that it's out in the wild, we no longer have to defend the power of the Nintendo Switch. You can go see Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe running on the thing yourself and see what it's capable of. At the end of the day, though, we're talking about a $300 machine that's about 1/8 the size of a PS4. There simply isn't enough raw processing power to drive a beautiful, enormous game like Origins is reported to be.

And that's fine. We'd wager to guess that most Nintendo Switch owners also own another console or PC, which means that they're playing everything they want anyway. The Switch doesn't need every single third-party game in order to succeed. The exclusives are most important, and quality exclusives are coming in spades.

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