Moon Studios, the team behind recent platforming darling Ori and The Blind Forest has apparently had a tough time working with Nintendo to get their hands on a development kit for the NX. Thomas Mahler posted a lengthy response to an inquiry on NeoGaf about potentially working with Nintendo in the future.
While he laments the process of testing the NX’s hardware, he also applies this sentiment to the industry at large. His comments hint at the secrecy some companies go to while testing hardware. There are surely many reasons for developers to be careful while distributing their own machines, but Mahler’s comments are interesting nonetheless.
This is actually THE singlest most annoying thing for every dev out there. We also talked to Nintendo and got absolutely nothing – I’ll never understand that. And just to be clear, it’s not just Nintendo, every hardware manufacturer is treating their devkits and their unreleased consoles like they’re the second coming and are insanely secretive about it to a stupid degree in todays time. It’s not even that the hardware isn’t finished (duh), but you could at least give me the goddamn specs, so we’d know what to build shit for!
What’s needed to sell hardware is goddamn good software. With Nintendo not having any devkits out there at this point and probably even wanting to sell it in 2016, I can already guarantee that they’ll just not have any software support, since nobody can just jumble games together in less than a year. I mean, you can, but it’ll be garbage.
The same is true for Engine Support – Get Unity and Epic to support these consoles WAAAAY ahead of release. By the time the console launches, it should be EASY for developers to develop games for these systems, things shouldn’t just only start at this point. I want the goddamn devkits or at least proper hardware specs ideally 2 years before release – Keep all the developers updated, start a forum where devs can chat and figure out all the problems everyone’s having, instead of everyone just having to deal with it. None of that’s happening anywhere and it’s just braindamaged.
Mahler’s comments provide insight into the way the NX and other new systems are being handled. Who knows when we will see something official on it, but this seems to indicate that we won’t see any Moon Studios titles at launch.