One of the more reassuring aspects of the initial Nintendo Switch announcement was the large amount of third-party support. The biggest problem with the Nintendo Wii, and then passed along to the Wii U was the woefully scant number of developers making content for the system. This caused both consoles to gather dust between first-party Nintendo releases. Luckily, Nintendo looks to be turning that around with the Switch. We hope, at least. According to Randy Pitchford, CEO of Gearbox Software, he will not be bringing Borderlands 3 to the Nintendo Switch.
In his own words: “I do not see that as happening. We were talking to Nintendo, but that stopped for some reason. They have other priorities.”
An odd response. One can’t help but think back to the sub-par port of Borderlands 2 on Playstation Vita. Sony did all of the heavy lifting in porting the game over to the ailing handheld, and on their own dime. Could Gearbox have tried to do the same with Nintendo? They were definitely in talks, and it’s hard to imagine Borderlands 3 not being a hit on Nintendo Switch. It’s all just… weird.
Perhaps Gearbox simply viewed it as a risk. It really is a catch-22, right? Third parties won’t develop for a struggling console, but in order for said console to succeed, it needs the support of those third parties. Hopefully Gearbox changes its mind!
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