Following today’s long awaited reveal of the Nintendo Switch, a number of third party publishers have begun announcing their involvement with the console.
Bethesda, whose Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim featured prominently in the Switch’s reveal trailer, wasted no time in letting fans know on Twitter that they were “thrilled to be a publishing partner”. No further comments were made about the footage shown, but with a remastered edition of Skyrim releasing on other platforms at the end of this month, it is likely that this is the version we can expect to be available, rather than the 2011 original.
Image & Form, the studio behind SteamWorld Dig and SteamWorld Heist, also confirmed that it is working on a Switch game. No details about the project were revealed, but Brjann Sigurgeirsson, the developer’s CEO, remarked that “it’s going to make a lot of people happy”.
Image & Form has had a strong ongoing relationship with Nintendo in recent years and its latest game, SteamWorld Heist, (which we gave an Editor’s Choice award when it released on 3DS in 2015) also happens to be released on the Wii U eShop today.
“With the Nintendo Switch’s unique capacities and design, Nintendo will again redefine the way we play games. The Switch is accessible at its core and also seizes on the growing trend of sharing more experiences and playing anywhere at anytime. Ubisoft and Nintendo enjoy a long-standing partnership and we are currently developing a number of games for the console, including Just Dance 2017. We look forward to sharing more at a later date.”
Ubisoft has a history of supporting Nintendo consoles at release, developing games that often make the most of the console’s unique features. While Just Dance 2017 is the only game confirmed from the publisher so far, it is safe to assume that a number of its other franchises will also be announced for the system at some point in the future. Rumours strongly suggest, for example, that the recently confirmed follow-up to the Gamecube classic Beyond Good and Evil, will be coming to the system in 2018.
While Nintendo hasn’t revealed the entire list of third parties that are developing games on the Switch, it has revealed a diverse array of partners:
We’ll be sharing our thoughts on the Nintendo Switch shortly, but you can expect to hear much more about the reveal in the coming days. Meanwhile, let us know your reactions to the Nintendo Switch in the comments below.