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One of the big new games set to come out this year is BioWare's Mass Effect: Andromeda, which is being published by Electronic Arts. During a recent interview, one of the producers of the game was asked about whether or not a release on the Nintendo Switch was on the table.
Yeah, not right now, no. We're not planning on it. If the Switch launches and everyone's just yammering for Mass Effect, who knows.
In an interview with Stevivor, Mass Effect: Andromeda producer Michael Gamble explained whether or not the upcoming sci-fi space opera would be landing on Nintendo's newest console, the Switch. The answer isn't exactly no, but it's certainly not right now.
Gamble also mentioned that they never wanted to "close doors like that" in regards to the game potentially ending up on the Nintendo Switch. It's a complete turnaround from the kind of attitudes that EA and BioWare had toward Nintendo during the end of the Wii U's lifespan, where the console was practically ignored by the studios.
There's a lot of speculation about the potential boom Nintendo could bring back to the console market with their hybrid system. There's already a lot of talk from fans about what they would love to see on the console and how much they would love to have certain games, franchises, and developers working with Nintendo again.
It is true what Gamble is saying, though. If gamers aren't all that thrilled about seeing Mass Effect: Andromeda on the Nintendo Switch then it's not going to happen. Right now there's definitely a lot of chatter about gamers wanting to see Kingdom Hearts 3 on the Switch since it's running on the Unreal Engine 4, and Square Enix is signed on as a publishing partner with Nintendo, as evident with the announcement that Dragon Quest XI is coming to the Switch.
However, excitement over a resurgence in JRPGs on a home console is completely separate from excitement about a sprawling, mature-themed sci-fi action-RPG on a home console. The markets are decidedly different, and a lot of the porting potential will be based on whether or not the same people who are interested in buying Mass Effect: Andromeda end up buying a Nintendo Switch.
But it's not just Nintendo that Gamble expressed reservations about. He also took a cautious approach to pledging any allegiance to the Xbox Scorpio as well. Ultimately gamers will have to wait to find out if they'll have a version of the new Mass Effect title on the system.
Right now they seem to be focused on getting the game primed and ready for release this March on the PS4, Xbox One and PS4 Pro. If things go well enough with the Nintendo Switch, it's possible we could see BioWare and EA reassess the game's appeal for Nintendo's system. It's not completely out of the picture given that Mass Effect 3 did end up releasing on the Wii U, so questions about "power" and "performance" shouldn't be an issue and it's completely possible that they could squeeze the new space epic onto the Nintendo Switch if they need to... but right now it isn't happening.