Monday, 7 November 2016

Capcom finally talks Switch

Well lucky me, another publisher has begun speaking about the Nintendo Switch. However, this time it is not the usual 'Yay Nintendo!' comment.

During Capcom's 2nd quarterly Q&A they brought up them bringing multiplatform titles from Xbox and PS. It seems unlike other companies Capcom isn't prepared to treat the Switch as a Wii U successor

"We are currently carrying out research with regards to multiplatform implementation of software for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on to the Nintendo Switch,"

This research apparently is need not due to 'power' but with the "playstyle" of the Nintendo Switch, so they appear concerned that it's a handheld hybrid and not a full console.

"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"

Though they do seem to be open to treating the Switch as a home system but they seem intent on letting Nintendo take the lead in that department. If Nintendo treats it as a home system and it can support it Capcom will follow but if they don't then they'll support it like the 3DS

"As a software publisher, we endeavour 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."

Abe's Take
Capcom is making a lot of strange moves recently, the company is been having trouble outside of Japan (can't think many Japanese developers that are) which is leading them to remasters, paid exclusives and changing their games to appear to western gamers but these have not gone well Resident Evil 5, RE:6, RE: Revelations and RE: Revelations 2 have been criticized for being too action based. Lost Planet 3 effectively killed the franchise, and there is a lot of concerns over Dead Rising 4's health regen, no timers and apparent dropping of the series' branching story.

However they can not be blamed for wanting to see how the public and Nintendo treat their Switches, will the be home consoles on the go, or will they be handhelds on the TV?


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