During Nintendo’s Switch presentation, it was officially revealed that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim would be coming to their console later this year. In a recent interview, Bethesda Game Studios Executive Producer Todd Howard shared some thoughts about the Nintendo Switch port and how the whole deal came into fruition. According to Howard, Nintendo was the one who approached Bethesda first.
“When it comes to the Switch, Nintendo’s the only company that can do that, right? When you hear that Nintendo’s going to do a new platform, there’s a lot of ways that can go. If you look at handheld gaming, they’re still the best at it. If they say ‘we’re going to make the best handheld ever and you can plug it into your TV’, well that’s just really, really smart. I hope they do well and it’s a unique opportunity for us…”
“They came to us early about Skyrim, and we always wanted to work with them. Even though it’s a game that people have played before and have known for a long time, it’s special for us to work them. I think it was Nintendo of America who reached out to us. I wasn’t the original point of contact. We met with some people from Japan, but it originally came from the American team. There was much more of a push this time to get the support. They have the kind of device that makes it much easier for third parties to give them the support.”
— Todd Howard
When asked whether Nintendo had found the ”
sweet spot” between mobile and console, Howard said “not necessarily” and continued to say the Nintendo DS and 3DS are incredibly popular. When asked whether Skyrim for Switch would be similar to last year’s Special Edition, Howard was unable to give any specifics.
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Skyrim coming to Switch? Are you surprised that Nintendo was the one to push for its inclusion in their new system’s list of games? Do you think it will do well on Switch, or is it coming way too late to matter? Let us know your thoughts on all this and more in the comments!