Game Rant was in attendance for a recent Middle-earth: Shadow of War press event in Toronto, Canada, where we were provided with the opportunity to speak with the community manager for the forthcoming title, Andy Salisbury. During the brief interview, the topic of a possible port of the game for Nintendo Switch came up, and some interesting tidbits emerged in regards to the current focus of the studio.
Inquiring as to whether or not there are any plans to bring Middle-earth: Shadow of War to Nintendo Switch, or if such a port was something of interest to the team at Monolith, Salisbury opened up about the possibility of the game hitting the house of Mario‘s latest platform:
“That’s a great question. I know that, obviously, no matter what piece of hardware it is we’re really excited about it, but at least for right now we’re just so laser-focused on getting it out on the platforms we’re out on. You know, Shadow of War is so much bigger and so much more complicated than anything we’ve made in the past, and so I think right now we’re just trying to make sure we get the best experience on every single platform so far. So, I hesitate to speak on the team’s behalf on that one.”
When asked to clarify further about the possibility of a Switch version, Salisbury stated “Never say never!”
It doesn’t sound as if Warner Bros. Interactive has current plans to bring the game to a Nintendo console in the near future, but it’s interesting to see that Salisbury won’t rule it out either. As a result of the sheer scale of Shadow of War, it would certainly be an accomplishment if the studio could get the game running on the significantly less powerful Switch. Plus, given the positive reviews Middle-earth: Shadow of War has been receiving so far, it’s clear that gamers would certainly welcome it with open arms on the platform.
It’s also important to note that third-party ports have been arriving later on the new Nintendo hardware, with both Wolfenstein 2 and DOOM showing up on Switch well after their arrival on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. So, it’s certainly possible that Shadow of War could do the same, but fans probably shouldn’t hold their breath just yet.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War arrives for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 10, 2017.