There was a time in video games where getting support wasn’t that hard. In fact, you could say it was as easy as making a deal to get a game on a certain system. But, as games advanced, cost went up, and systems diverged from one another, the support of developers became more important, but also tough to get. For Nintendo, despite having many successes, there has been a thing that’s plagued them since the Gamecube days: Third-party support. But, with the Nintendo Switch, they’ve gotten major support, including some first time support from companies like Bethesda.
In fact, Bethesda was one of the first third-party developers to show support from the Switch by giving the system Skyrim, which came out today. Then, in a Nintendo Direct recently, they revealed that Doom and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus would arrive on the system. Doom has already released, and Wolfenstein II is coming sometime next year. This raises an interesting question though, is Bethesda now “all in” with Nintendo?
Honestly? It’s hard to tell right now. For while their support in the short-term is undeniable, and they’ve said they want to continue it, sales will be the determining factor. And while putting three very popular games on the Switch is great, two of them are old. In the case of Skyrim, very old. Wolfenstein II is the only “new” release, and we don’t even know when that’s coming.
The real question will be if Bethesda will continue their support by putting their next games on the system in a more simultaneous release of sorts. We know they’re working on games, we just don’t know what. We know they like the Switch, but how far are they willing to go with it?
Nintendo fans certainly want them to stick around, they’ve been waiting for a LONG time for their titles to arrive on a Nintendo platform. But it may be up to the consumers, not the dev team, to decide if they come back.