Fallout 76 is Impossible to Port to Switch, Bethesda Says

Fallout 76 is Impossible to Port to Switch, Bethesda Says

Wolfenstein Youngblood is coming to the Switch.

With a new round of Fallout 76 betas rolling out later this week for Xbox One, PS4, and PC some players are asking if the new Fallout will be on the Switch. The Answer according to Bethesda is a resounding, "no."

"The Switch is something I can say with certainty that it's a part of every conversation with every dev we have now about what we're doing going forward because we consider it to be a viable platform," says Bethesda's vice president of communications and marketing Pete Hines in an interview with GameSpot at PAX Australia. "If the game will work on it, we want it to be on every platform possible. Fallout 76 is not because if just wasn't doable."

Hines added, "I enjoy us being seen as the third-party leader in terms of supporting Switch. People go, 'Hey, you've got a lot more stuff [on Switch] than this publisher or that publisher.' That's what I want Bethesda to be known as. We're guys who will take some risks."

Bethesda has done a lot on the Nintendo Switch porting over past favorites like The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, along with current-gen critical darlings like Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus. In fact, Hines also announced that the upcoming Wolfenstein Youngblood, starring BJ Blazkowicz' two daughters, will be coming to the Nintendo Switch as well.

Considering that Fallout 76 appears to be an intensive game dependent on its core online functionality, the technological hurdles for Fallout 76 on the Switch might have been a bit much. Though of course in Japan the Switch is capable of streaming games like Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, so perhaps never say never.

The next Fallout 76 beta will begin on October 27 for Xbox One. You can read our Fallout 76 beta impressions here or check out our Fallout 76 guide for more info.

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