Brian Fargo Offers a Mea Culpa About Hardcore RPGs on Switch

Brian Fargo Offers a Mea Culpa About Hardcore RPGs on Switch

Switch fans rejoice.

Brian Fargo, CEO and founder of inXile Entertainment which brought you games like Wasteland 2 and Torment: Tides of Numenera, caused a bit of a stir when he said story-heavy RPGs like Tides of Numenera couldn't be on the Switch. With Wasteland 2 on the Switch now however, Fargo admits his change of heart on the newest Axe of the Blood God.

Back in January 2017 Fargo was a guest on the Axe of the Blood God podcast. When asked about a possible Switch port for Torment Fargo said [at ~59:29], "Not possible. I like Nintendo, but that's not going to happen on that machine. Plus, that's not the audience. Can you imagine a Nintendo game with a million words? That's' a complete mismatch."

Bold words, especially regarding the presumed audience of the Nintendo Switch. Admittedly Nintendo consoles do tend to skew younger, but the success of the Switch in 2018 as a key platform cannot be overstated. The popularity of the console with all different kinds of gamers was made evident when Fargo announced that inXile became an approved Switch developer in 2017 with a tease for Wasteland 2: Director's Cut following a few months later.

In the latest episode of Axe of the Blood God Fargo made a bit of a mea culpa [Starting at the 41:45 mark]. "I took a lot of grief for [my previous answer regarding the Switch] actually [laughs]. So, yeah that was really my bad... I must have been showing my age because I thought of the Nintendo audience as being younger. And so, I didn't think [Torment: Tides of Numenera] would be something they'd enjoy. But talking to our fans they were like, 'No, we really would love that!' So, based upon that I said, 'Alright maybe it would be great for the Switch,' so we did it."

Fargo says his initial answer to a Torment port on the Switch, "was probably not a good response," but fan reaction to Wasteland 2 on Switch has been strong. And with the momentum on the Switch continuing it might not be a stretch to see future inXile titles make it to the Switch either.

Check out our positive review of Torment: Tides of Numenara here, and why it's one of the best in a line of isometric RPGs making a comeback in video games.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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