With 2015’s Rocket League continuing to be one of the biggest success stories in recent memory for an independent studio–the rocket-powered soccer game was the most downloaded PS4 title in 2016, for instance–it makes sense for the developer Psyonix to be mulling over ways in which it could expand the title’s reach even more so than before. With this being the case, Psyonix is currently considering if it will eventually bring the sports game to the recently released Nintendo Switch console.
When speaking with IGN, Psyonix Studios’ Vice President Jeremy Dunham stated that the company is “evaluating” the possibility of the game making the jump to the Switch, by taking into account the various factors involved in doing so. A couple of the concerns Dunham and his studio have includes whether or not there’s a demand within the Rocket League community to have the title get ported to Switch, and if there will be any technical limitations involved in bringing the 2015 release to the new Nintendo platform.
“Just like all the other platforms, we are evaluating it. We’re looking to see what the technical requirements are. We’re looking to see what kind of true community demand there is. We’re looking to see how it would benefit the community as a whole. So we’re still in that evaluation phase. It’s definitely too early to say that it wouldn’t happen, but it’s also definitely too early to say that it would.
“I think we’ve shown over time we’re a community based company, and so what we’re doing first is seeing what kind of impact that would have and who needs it and who wants the game and we’ll go from there. Luckily the platform’s only been out for a month, so we have plenty of time to look to see how it’s doing and what our audience wants.”
While it’s currently unclear if Rocket League will get a Nintendo Switch version, it’s important to note that the sports game has expanded its platform reach once before in the past. As it happens, Rocket League was initially released for PlayStation 4 and PC in July 2015, and it received an Xbox One iteration a little less than a year later in February 2016, so it wouldn’t be the first instance of the title broadening its audience.
Several months ago, Dunham discussed the possibility of Rocket League breaking down boundary walls between PS4 and Xbox One for cross-play, calling it an inevitability. Should such a feature and the game’s Nintendo Switch version come to pass, it would then beg the question of whether or not the Big N’s new console would be a part of the currently unavailable property’s functionality.
All things considered, from our standpoint, porting Rocket League to the Nintendo Switch is a no-brainer, for not only would it open up the game to an even bigger market, but also the Big N’s console’s capacity for on-the-go gaming is sure to be a hit with fans. Without a doubt, Rocket League is easily one of the first games that comes to mind when the notion of Nintendo Switch ports is brought up in conversation.
Rocket League is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.