A lot of publishers are starting to chime in about Nintendo's mysterious new (portable?) game console, the NX. First it was Take-Two's Strauss Zelnick and then it was Square Enix, and now it's Bethesda giving their take about the system.
IGN managed to get an interview with Bethesda's VP of marketing, Pete Hines, who explained to them...
Obviously we haven't put anything out there [definitively about the NX], It's absolutely something that we're looking into and we'll see what comes of it.
That may seem as vague as vague can get, but Hines is just covering Bethesda's hind quarters. Specs are supposedly being sent out to developers and crude devkits are also rumored to be available for some. As mentioned, Square Enix has already confirmed Dragon Quest X being in development for the Nintendo NX. They did not, however, confirm if it was going to be a launch title or a game that is ported to the system over time. Right now, it looks like it's going to be a port-over from the PlayStation 4, given that some reports are stating that the Nintendo NX is about par for power with the PS4, but, once again, I have to mention that we just don't know.
Hines, on the other hand, also had to mention that he isn't speaking about Bethesda as a whole but Bethesda as a series of development teams spanning different divisions. He explains that support for the NX will be based on a per-studio basis, saying...
The NX is absolutely on our radar and something that we're looking at, but it's always a game-by-game, developer-by-developer evaluation, Not, we sit back as a publisher and say, 'We're going to support the NX.'
I'm glad he clarified that because it actually gives more hope for varied possibilities than simply saying "Bethesda will [or won't] support the NX". I can already imagine something like Fallout Shelter being on the radar for the NX given its mobile release and PC port. If the Nintendo NX really is a hybrid mobile device then we can most certainly expect certain mobile ports to steadily make their way to the device.
I doubt we'll see Elder Scrolls games making their way to the NX, I doubt Bethesda would want to go through the trouble of trying to squeeze those titles down into a mobile device, but some of their more experimental titles might make the leap. I also doubt we'll see Fallout 4 on the Nintendo NX either, it just doesn't seem like Bethesda would risk another large, open-world game trying to port it down into a mobile chassis.
So what about other upcoming titles like Dishonored 2 or Prey? Well, even though the rumors are that the NX and PS4 have similar power output, that doesn't always mean that developers will take the time to learn the architecture. Remember, the Wii U was a lot more powerful than the Xbox 360 or PS3 but it had vastly different architecture, and, in result, developers spent more time porting cross-gen titles to the PS3 and Xbox 360 more than they did the Wii U. Also, straight ports from the 360 to the Wii U usually resulted in poor frame-rates and plenty of graphical glitches.
A lot of the potential for third-party games will be dependent on how adaptable the Nintendo NX hardware is to the other consoles and how much time and effort studios will be willing to invest in porting their projects over to the Nintendo's hardware. For now, Bethesda seems to be taking a wait and see approach.