Friday, 21 October 2016

Publishers Respond the the Switch

Well, the cat is finally out of the bag, the NX has revealed itself to us as the highly interesting Nintendo Switch. Now everyone one has had time to digest it we're starting to get reactions from across the industry.

First up we've got some more details from Nintendo, The console is the handheld with the dock only handling charging and powering the device, pumping the image onto the TV, and the consoles USB connections (pad charging? hard drive?). Nintendo has also confirmed that the "Joy-Cons" come as standard in the box with the NS, and Amiibo will be supported via NFC. However, they won't confirm/deny if the NS will feature a touch screen, though rumours have long said it will.

Now onto the publishers! Let's start with one of our favourite Nindies Image and Form.

"The hybrid approach is truly innovative and we intend to make full use of as many features as possible. The development environment is simply fantastic! I'm confident that Switch will be a hit for Nintendo since they're once again reinventing the gaming industry. As for our own game: it's an Image & Form title, and it's going to be our finest work to date. If you liked anything about our past games you'll absolutely love it."

Next up with have Ubisoft, who have been almost the sole source of hype.

With the Nintendo Switch’s unique capacities and design, Nintendo could again redefine the way we play games. The Nintendo Switch is accessible at its core and also seizes on the growing trends of sharing more experiences and playing anywhere at any time. Ubisoft and Nintendo enjoy a long-standing partnership and we are currently developing a number of games for the platform, including Just Dance 2017. We look forward to sharing more at a later date.” – Yves Guillemot, Co-founder and CEO, Ubisoft

2K - Who we now know are behind the basketball game in the trailer.

“We’re happy to have had the opportunity to collaborate with Nintendo on the trailer. While we are not confirming any specific titles at this time, we are pleased to announce our partnership with Nintendo and support of Nintendo Switch. We look forward to revealing specific details at a later date.” – 2K representative

Bethesda apparently is quite ready to commit Skyrim to the NS yet, but judging from the... similar nature of their response to 2K's we're guessing there is still some heavy contracts at play.

“We’re happy to have had the opportunity to collaborate with Nintendo on the video. While we are not confirming any specific titles at this time, we are pleased to announce our partnership with Nintendo and support of the Switch. We look forward to revealing specific games and details in the future.” – Bethesda representative

EA, who promised big things on Wii U but delivered little is more reserved this time.

“Congratulations to our partners at Nintendo on their reveal of Nintendo Switch – it’s great to see the excitement for their new device.” – EA representative

SEGA had all ready confirmed Sonic 2017 was coming to Switch back when it was the NX

“SEGA and Nintendo have been great partners over the years, and we continue to with our support of the Nintendo Switch. We look forward to revealing specific game plans soon, but have nothing further to announce at this time.” – SEGA representative

NIS America

“We are very excited about the possibilities that the Nintendo Switch brings to the gaming space. However, we don’t have anything to announce about already-existing titles or content that may currently be in development for it at this time.” – NIS America representative

Epic Games, their support is interesting because they refused UE4 for the Wii U.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Nintendo to help Unreal Engine 4 developers bring their games to Nintendo Switch!” – Epic Games on Twitter

Bandai Namco, hopefully, their support should get the NS should get some hardcore Japanese gaming love.

“Bandai Namco Entertainment has enjoyed a long partnership of publishing and developing great titles for Nintendo systems. We want to congratulate Nintendo on their exciting announcement. We look forward to bringing both iconic franchises and new titles to Nintendo Switch.” – Bandai Namco representative

Telltale, whose games hit every platform pledge their support.

“While we cannot confirm any specific series today, we can share our excitement to soon be bringing our projects to Nintendo Switch. Our dedication to creating emotionally engaging interactive stories that are identical for players using home consoles or on mobile/tablet devices on the go is a perfect fit for Nintendo’s innovative new hardware.” – Job J Stauffer, Head of Creative Communications, Telltale Games

Warner Bros. Injustice 2 anyone?

“Nintendo continually innovates to develop unique technology for gamers, and we are excited to expand our long-standing relationship by creating games for the Nintendo Switch.” – WB representative

Atlus seems excited to jump on board

“We’re excited to be supporting the Nintendo Switch and believe the games we publish are a perfect fit for the portable nature of the console.” – Atlus representative

And now as a special bonus here's is a fantastically awkward Twitter conversation with Phil Spencer, head of Xbox.

Abe's Take
Ouch.. Sony has yet to comment, I suspect to hear positive things from Kaz but part of me can't help but think their quiet because they are frantically copying every idea the can ready for a PSP3

It's been a largely positive response from the gamer community as a whole but of cause we still have plenty to learn. In the mean time check out the Switch puppy

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