Like many video game publishers, Take-Two Interactive had been taking a “wait and see” approach when it comes to supporting the Nintendo Switch. However, it seems as though the company, which oversees Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar Games, is now fully on board with supporting the Nintendo Switch, if recent comments by CEO Strauss Zelnick are any indication.
Speaking to investors in the company’s earnings call, Zelnick expressed enthusiasm about how the Nintendo Switch has performed since its debut in March. While he didn’t outright state that more Nintendo Switch games are coming from Take-Two, his comments do suggest that the platform will be home to more titles from the company in the future.
“The sales have been great. We expect sales to continue to be great. We’re very optimistic around the platform. We’re very supportive of Nintendo. So the only thing that’s changed in the last six months is our initial belief has been reinforced by the early very strong results.”
As of the time of this writing, Take-Two has two big games in the pipeline for the Nintendo Switch. One is WWE 2K18, marking the first time a WWE video game has released on a Nintendo home console in five years. The other is NBA 2K18, which will actually have a staggered digital and physical release on the Switch, with the game hitting the Nintendo eShop before store shelves.
Sports games tend to do well regardless of platform, so it’s not necessarily a big risk for Take-Two to bring NBA 2K18 and WWE 2K18 to Nintendo’s handheld/console hybrid device. However, the company could still be using the games to further test the waters of the Switch and see if its games are able to sell well. After all, the Wii is one of the best-selling consoles of all time, but third parties still struggled to sell games on the system, and it’s possible the Switch could run into the same problems.
If NBA 2K18 and WWE 2K18 manage to sell well enough, it seems likely that Take-Two will start bringing more of its games to the console, and not just sports titles. Whether or not that includes games from Rockstar like Red Dead Redemption 2 and Grand Theft Auto 6 remains to be seen, but fans will just have to wait and see.
The Nintendo Switch is available now.
Source: Nintendo Life