Michael Gamble, a producer for Mass Effect: Andromeda, confirms that there are currently no plans to bring the highly anticipated sci-fi RPG to the Nintendo Switch.
Although the announcement of the Nintendo Switch had fans hyped last week, the console’s ability to go portable wasn’t the only thing that had people excited. The confirmation that the Switch will have full third-party support also gave fans reason to be optimistic as it is the lack of this support that has been cited as a reason for the Nintendo Wii U’s abysmal sales.
One of the most notable features on the third-party support list is EA, but fans should not expect the publisher to bring open world sci-fi RPG Mass Effect: Andromeda to the Nintendo Switch any time soon. Responding to a fan’s question as to whether or not people can expect an Andromeda/Switch support announcement on N7 Day, the game’s producer Michael Gamble stated that the game will be on “PC, PS4, Neo [PS4 Pro], X1.” Pressed by another fan as to whether Andromeda could be released on the Nintendo Switch in future, Gamble replied that “I can’t speak for the future. Just the current plans.”
@Nano_X_ @Flickamatuta @MarieBrisebois @AarynFlynn I can't speak for the future. Just the current plans.— Michael Gamble (@GambleMike) October 22, 2016
While it is at least positive that Andromeda on Switch hasn’t been ruled out, the fact that the highly anticipated game (which will launch sometime near the Nintendo Switch release date) is certainly disappointing. Especially as it follows recent comments by Bethesda suggesting that Skyrim may not be released on the Nintendo Switch either, despite the fantasy RPG having featured in the console’s announcement trailer.
The lack of Mass Effect: Andromeda is a blow to the upcoming Nintendo console, as many gamers will no doubt pick up PS4 and Xbox One consoles instead of waiting for the game to get Switch support. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the handheld/home console hybrid is doomed.
Just a handful of games have been confirmed for the Switch, including Just Dance 2017 and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Many more titles are planned for the console, including an unannounced new Mario game, which could be as big as a selling point as a portable version of Andromeda. Nintendo has also confirmed that there is more to the Nintendo Switch that fans haven’t seen yet, so this could all propel the console to success even the lack of some games could (potentially) hinder it.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is scheduled for release sometime in Q1 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Source: Michael Gamble