When Nintendo announced the list of publishing partners for the Nintendo Switch, Capcom was on that list. This makes sense, as Capcom franchises like Monster Hunter and Ace Attorney have made a strong home on Nintendo's 3DS. The question is: What games is Capcom making for Switch?
The answer? Even Capcom doesn't know yet.
"It is excellent to have the market invigorated with new hardware launches. As a software publisher, we endeavor to develop games that offer enjoyment best suited to each piece of hardware's features and target users. Following first party, in order to introduce our own content we are currently moving forward with internal planning and analysis as a partner company," said Capcom executives in a statement.
When Capcom was asked about multiplatform support including the Nintendo Switch, the executives admitted that the Switch is likely to divert away from the experiences one can find on the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.
"We are currently carrying out research with regards to multiplatform implementation of software for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on to the Nintendo Switch and thus are unable to comment at this moment," said an executive. "However, we do feel that there are differences in the desired direction and the play-style of the Nintendo Switch and those of the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. At Capcom, we determine which platform to release a title for after considering the features of both our software and the hardware in question, believing we must bring the enjoyment of our games to their maximum potential."
I wouldn't be surprised if you see Ace Attorney move forward onto the Switch. Monster Hunter goes where the audience is, so it's a matter of Nintendo Switch sales stepping up to the plate. Either way, it's unlikely that the system will stand toe-to-toe with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, at least where Capcom is concerned. That doesn't have to be an issue, but I'm sure it may be disappointing to some fans.