It’s the question developers of every major game now have to brace for – “Is your game coming out on the Nintendo Switch?” It’s a natural question with the Switch burning up the sales charts, but one that doesn’t often have an easy answer.
The Nintendo Switch simply doesn’t have the same horsepower as the Xbox One or PS4, but developers don’t want to look like they’re knocking the system by outright stating their game wouldn’t run on the Switch, so they soft pedal. Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan saying Blizzard is “open minded” about bringing their game to the Switch, but that it would be “very challenging” is the classic “let ‘em down easy” approach.
Well, Destiny 2 was just announced for the PC for the first time, so what about the Switch? Director Mark Noseworthy took a somewhat more direct approach when asked about the possibility. Here’s his no-kid-gloves response:
“I think it's pretty unrealistic, given we're an online-only game, right? The Switch, because it's a portable [it probably wouldn’t work]. And I love my Switch, I've got Breath of the Wild here, I've got it with me. It's incredible, I love the console, but in terms of where it's at, I don't want leave anyone with the possibility of, like, ‘It's a thing we'll consider, maybe next year.' There's no plans right now for Switch."
Well, there you go – blunt, but honest! Of course, this kind of response may not fly for too much longer. It seems like Destiny 2 publisher Activision is working on a Switch version of Call of Duty: WWII, and in my experience the Switch’s online connection is just as strong as the PS4’s. There’s no particular reason why a version of Destiny 2 couldn’t happen on the Switch with enough effort. So, maybe this answer will change someday.
Destiny 2 arrives on the PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on September 8.