In a recent interview with GamesIndustry, Reinhard Pollice, business and product development director at THQ Nordic, commented on Nintendo’s new hybrid console the Switch, relaying the challenges the publisher has witnessed getting games to run on the console and the general disappointment over its hardware.
As you may know, the previous an long-bankrupt THQ dished out quite a bit of kids, family, and casual games — games perfectly suited for Nintendo’s Wii and DS. However, THQ Nordic, the relatively strange revival of THQ thanks to the former Nordic Games (now THQ Nordic), is more in the business of creating games meant for more mature audiences: with ELEX, Sina Mora EX, Battle Chasers: Nightwar, Darksiders III, and more in the pipeline.
That being said, there has been a question mark over whether or not the company would pursue the Switch — which by all measures is off to a fast and great start. At the moment, it only has two games in the works for the piece of Nintendo hardware: Sina Mora EX and Battle Chasers: Nightwar. And according to Pollice, the aforementioned Battle Chasers: Nightwar has been “a challenge to get running smoothly on Switch,” while upcoming open-world sci-fi RPG Elex is simply “just too demanding right now.”
“We’ve been in touch with [Nintendo] about Switch for more than a year, so we’ve been looking at it for our current line-up and… we look wherever it’s possible. It’s a bit sad that they haven’t gone out with a more beefy hardware but it is what it is, so we just have to work our way around it.”
As you cab see in the above quote, at the very least THQ Nordic isn’t over-joyed about the proposition of making games on the Switch, but that doesn’t mean it won’t. After all if the Switch continues to sell as well as it is, it could be silly not to explore the platform.