In a recent earnings call Capcom has stated that it is researching how to bring Xbox One and PS4 games to the Nintendo Switch.
The English translation of the earnings call, which took place at the end of last month, sees Capcom asked about the Switch twice. On the topic of porting games to Nintendo’s new flagship, the company replied that it is “carrying out research with regards to multiplatform implementation of software for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on to the Nintendo Switch and thus are unable to comment at this moment.”
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An encouraging response which is then dampened by the follow up 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.” A fair statement: certain games may simply not be suitable for the portable switch, but Capcom does own a host of games, including the likes of Street Fighter 5, which could potentially work well.
With regard to its own plans for specialist Switch content , Capcom was equally non-committal.” Following first party, in order to introduce our own content we are
currently moving forward with internal planning and analysis as a partner company.”
A huge list of companies in the games industry have been listed as development partners for the Switch. EA, Activision, Bethesda, Square Enix, Bandai Namco, and Konami are all listed. Ubisoft has even gone one step further by saying that it loves the device.
If Nintendo can convert this enthusiasm into strong titles, then it will go a long way to ensuring the console is popular and enjoys longevity. No titles from these companies have yet been announced, but as Nintendo reveals more about the Switch in the coming months, it’s possible a few third-party surprises are on the way.