Even though The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim appeared in the Nintendo Switch reveal trailer, a Bethesda spokesperson says it's not necessarily in development for the console.
The Nintendo Switch announcement trailer was met with plenty of fanfare, with Nintendo enthusiasts praising the new system's innovative features, and the potential it has to bridge the gap between Nintendo's handhelds and home consoles. Gamers were given a glimpse of a few games potentially coming to Nintendo Switch in the trailer as well, but one of the most high profile games that was on display, The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, may not be coming to the console after all.
According to a Bethesda spokesperson, The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim is not officially confirmed for Nintendo Switch. Bethesda simply collaborated with Nintendo on creating the announcement trailer, so it's possible that a Nintendo Switch version of Skyrim is not even in active development. However, the Bethesda spokesperson went on to state that Bethesda has a "partnership" with Nintendo, and the company has pledged to support the Switch.
With a Skyrim remaster set to launch for PC, PS4, and Xbox One in just over a week's time, one would have to imagine that a Nintendo Switch port wouldn't be too farfetched. Even so, Bethesda made it a point to clarify that Skyrim may not necessarily be coming to the Nintendo Switch, so it's easy to believe that the studio may be thinking about bringing other games to the platform instead.
Besides Skyrim, Bethesda could bring one of its more recent blockbuster releases to the Nintendo Switch, like Fallout 4, for example. Bethesda is also publishing upcoming big games like Dishonored 2 and the new Prey, so maybe the company would rather focus on releasing newer titles on Nintendo Switch than Skyrim.
Even if Bethesda is planning on bringing other games to Nintendo Switch instead of Skyrim, it seems strange that the game would be featured so prominently in the console's reveal trailer if it's not in development for the platform. Besides The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and quick glimpses of what appeared to be a new Super Mario game, Skyrim was shown more than any other game in the trailer. There are many consumers that will see the trailer and will assume that Skyrim is confirmed for Switch based on that fact alone, so hopefully Bethesda is just offering this clarification as a technicality.
Whatever Bethesda has in store for Nintendo Switch, it's refreshing to see a Nintendo console with strong third party support. Of course, third party companies like Bethesda have to actually release games for the Nintendo Switch to support it, not just collaborate with Nintendo on fancy trailers for the new console.
The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim is available for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. It will release for PS4 and Xbox One on October 28th.
Source: Games Industry