Asobo Studio’s new title A Plague Tale: Innocence, flew a bit under the radar during E3. It’s currently slated to come to PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and centers around Amicia and her younger brother Hugo, who make their way through rat-infested villages devastated by the disease while being pursued by the Inquisition in 1349.
While speaking to GamingBolt, David Dedeine, Chief Creative Officer at Asobo Studio, confirmed that the game is currently not slated for Nintendo Switch because that system isn’t powerful enough to run the game.
Tons of rats are displayed on screen constantly, and they all have their own animations and AI, which currently puts too much strain on the Nintendo Switch’s weaker hardware. While it may be possible to reformat A Plague Tale to run on Switch, Focus Home Interactive, the game’s publisher, encouraged the developers to focus on more powerful systems like the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X currently, as there would be a large gap developing between those systems and the Switch.
“No. I will not lie by just saying…power. It’s really the power of the device. In this case it was the amount of rats we need to display. We already know that there’s too many rats, too many animations, too many AI at the same time. And if we want to give justice to – it’s like there is a large bridge between [it and ] Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro. And the Switch, it was too hard to make the same game in such a different context.
We’ve done the math, and had all sorts of discussions with Focus Home Interactive. So maybe will try, but right now the discussion we’ve had with the publisher was to not make Switch a priority.
You can check out the game’s E3 trailer below to find out more about the game. A Plague Tale: Innocence does not yet have a release date, but is confirmed to be coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One. If plans for a Nintendo Switch version of the title do happen to change, DualShockers will be sure to let you know.