New information has come to light that reveals Virtuos, the studio behind Batman: Return to Arkham, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, and Speed Racer, is currently porting a triple-A title to the Nintendo Switch.
YouTube user Doctre81 discovered a LinkedIn profile for a Virtuos employee, a programmer by the name of Xiaoyu Zhang, that details a work-in-progress triple-A porting project for the Switch. The full listing reveals quite a bit of information:
WIP: Porting a AAA title to Nintendo Switch™
— Re-implement the renderer with Nintendo’s native graphics API(nvn)
— Design and implement the low level mechanism of graphics resource management and threading
— Exploit the performance advantages of the Vulkan-like API (UMA, explicit management of graphics memory, complete control over CPU/GPU synchronization, etc)
News that Virtuos is conducting a triple-A port follows a statement the studio made back in January, which confirmed it was underway with development for the Switch. During the Nintendo Switch Presentation, the Virtuos Twitter account wrote, “In 2017, our Game Division is developing for the new Nintendo upcoming platform: Switch!”
Based on the data shown, Doctre81 reportedly believes that the title in question is Batman: Return to Arkham, or Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. Additionally, NeoGAF user Hero of Legend, the individual who initially spread the news of Doctre81’s findings, argues that it’s highly unlikely the game is an exclusive Virtuos port.
In any case, the wording of the listing seems to imply a singular game rather than a collection such as Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection and the recent Final Fantasy remasters. Virtuos may, however, step forward and announce otherwise, as the language also indicates that the studio is currently working on the port and hasn’t yet completed the project.
There’s truly no telling what Virtuos is working on, but much of the studio’s past work, even its collections, seem an appropriate fit for Switch porting. Batman: Arkham City was previously ported to the Wii U, and Virtuos has worked on older iterations of the NBA 2K franchise.
In the same vein, Virtuos works closely with clients like Ubisoft and Square Enix, the former of which is a third-party partner of Nintendo and the latter of which already has a few projects in production with Nintendo, which may even include Kingdom Hearts 3 for the Switch.
Regardless of what the forthcoming game might be, it seems it was only a matter of time before Virtuos ported a triple-A title for the Nintendo Switch.
The Nintendo Switch is available now.