BioWare's venerable space opera series heads to a new galaxy in 2017 with Mass Effect: Andromeda, but one place the title isn't going is the Nintendo Switch. According to BioWare producer Michael Gamble, there are currently no plans for Andromeda to launch on the Switch.
“Yeah, not right now, no,” Gamble told Stevivor. “We’re not planning on it. If the Switch launches and everyone’s just yammering for Mass Effect, who knows."
The game is currently scheduled to launch on Windows PC, Xbox One, and PS4 in Q1 or Q2 2017.
Are Nintendo's Tech Specs to Blame?
One thing Mass Effect: Andromeda certainly has is stunning graphics. Neither the Wii U nor the Wii was known for particularly powerful hardware. The Wii U in particular suffered from scanty third-party support as a result. When the Switch (then dubbed the "NX") was announced, developers were dubious; EA said they would only develop for the new platform "if it makes sense."
While the Nintendo Switch is rumored to run games at 1080p in 60 FPS, it's still unclear whether it has the firepower to support a title like Mass Effect: Andromeda. The console runs 40% slower when undocked and it uses an inferior processor compared to those in the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The further the Switch lags behind cutting-edge consoles, the harder (and more expensive) it will be to port third-party games - and the less likely companies like BioWare will be to invest the resources required.
Is the Nintendo Switch doomed?
We've said it before: third-party support is critical for the Switch's success. The fact that BioWare is backing out does not bode well for the new console. The Wii U crashed and burned largely because there just weren't that many great games to play on it. Nintendo has to do better this time around, or the Switch may be their final home console.
There's still hope, of course. Many third-party developers have yet to make decisions about the Switch - even Gamble is reluctant to write off the possibility of an Andromeda port.
“We never want to close doors like that," he said.
For fans of both the Nintendo Switch and Mass Effect, the best hope is that Nintendo's new console takes off in an explosive way, creating enough demand to justify the expense of porting Andromeda.
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