Capcom implied during an investor Q&A recently that they will not be porting games coming to/already on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to the Nintendo Switch.
Here’s what a Capcom spokesperson had to say when asked whether it is possible to develop multiplatform titles on the Nintendo Switch, taken from a Q&A summary released by Capcom:
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. 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.
The biggest takeaway from this statement seems to be Capcom saying that they feel that the playstyle of the Nintendo Switch will be different compared to that of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. They did not, however, explain why it is that they feel that way about the Switch.
When the Nintendo Switch was first revealed, Reggie Fils-Aime, the President of Nintendo of America, released a statement that seems to contradict much of what Capcom stated in their Q&A:
Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like. It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries.
So the question remains: Where does Capcom stand with developing games for the Switch? Well, after the Switch was announced, Nintendo released a list of third-party partners working on bringing games to the Switch, and Capcom was on that list. Therefore, it’s safe to say that games will be coming to the Switch from Capcom, it’s just unclear as to which ones.
Capcom has been supporting Nintendo hardware consistently for a while now, and there is no indication that franchises like Monster Hunter won’t remain exclusive to Nintendo hardware. It’ll be more intriguing to see whether Capcom will bring mulitplatform games to the Switch after all, or whether they will port games already on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to the Switch.
Recent statements seem to imply the opposite, however:
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
More details regarding the Nintendo Switch will be revealed by Nintendo on January 12th, 2017.