Monster Hunter World will be the biggest game of 2018 (so far) when it debuts on PS4 and Xbox One in just a few days, January 26th, but it will be missing from one platform that is sure to disappoint a fair number of fans.
That would be the Nintendo Switch, which for all its other successes, continues to have the Nintendo-specific problem of attracting AAA games for a simultaneous launch where the Switch is included alongside Xbox and PlayStation. But right now, there aren’t even any far-flung plans for Monster Hunter World to come to the console. Why?
IGN interviewed the game’s directors, Kaname Fujioka and Yuya Tokuda, who tried to explain why this is happening:
“We don’t have any plans for the Switch at the moment. Part of the reason is that the title has been in development for almost 4 years. At the time we had to commit to our hardware choices, we decided on using the most powerful current generation consoles available at the time, which was Playstation 4 and Xbox One. So [the decision was made] before the Switch was even announced or on sale.”
“It’s also because for every title we decide what the best fit for hardware is for the concept. We don’t just look at everything. It’s more like ‘if we want to achieve this kind of game concept, where’s the best place to achieve that?’ and for this title the Playstation 4 and Xbox One were the best fit for us.”
Given Monster Hunter World’s long development time, it makes sense that it wouldn’t have been made for the Switch before Nintendo had even announced it (though devs usually get some measure of advance knowledge for that sort of thing), but it does seem like they’re dancing around the primary issue which is that the Switch may just not be powerful enough to run the game in its current form.Read More...
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