Bethesda remains unconvinced with Rage 2's ability to run on Nintendo Switch

Rage 2, sequel to the original title from id Software, is headed for a release in Spring 2019. Co-developed with Avalanche Studios and published by Bethesda, the first-person shooter is said to be an "AAAAAA game". Although it is confirmed that the game will be launching on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4, id Software recently hinted toward a possible Nintendo Switch release as well.

Although Bethesda has introduced some AAA titles to the hybrid gaming console in the past, including Doom and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, it doesn't look like the video game publisher is too confident about a Switch release for Rage 2. Speaking to DualShockers at Gamescom 2018, Bethesda’s Senior VP of Marketing and Communication Pete Hines expressed doubt at the upcoming title's ability to run on the hybrid console due to a different engine being used this time around. He noted:

"We’ve talked about it, but it’s a completely different engine and tech. The nice thing about Doom, Wolf, and Doom Eternal is it all uses id Tech, Rage 2 uses Avalanche‘s engine, so it’s a different beast in terms of a seamless open world that you can play like that. We’ve talked about it some. Still uncertain whether that could ever work on the Switch."

Hines went on to mention that Bethesda games released in the past weren't suited to previous Nintendo platforms, in contrast to the Switch, which the company believes works much better with its recent releases. Interestingly, the video game publisher's upcoming Doom Eternal is also set for a Switch launch, alongside the other aforementioned platforms.

Not all hope is lost for owners of the Switch looking towards a Rage 2 release in the future, however, as Bethesda feels that with regard to its recently launched titles on niche platforms, "people really like the games, so we’re gonna keep doing it". Nevertheless, the game's publisher and developers still haven't issued a concrete statement on the speculation as of yet.

Source: DualShockers

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