The biggest surprise of the Nintendo Switch’s debut trailer was the appearance of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. We don’t yet know the nature of the modern classic appearing on the Switch just yet, and neither Nintendo nor Bethesda is talking.
In a statement to GamesIndustry.biz, Bethesda had this to say.
We’re happy to have had the opportunity to collaborate with Nintendo on the video. While we are not confirming any specific titles at this time, we are pleased to announce our partnership with Nintendo and support of the Switch.
We look forward to revealing specific games and details in the future.
And as for Nintendo, it reissued the official statement made before the trailer.
Today’s video incorporated short glimpses of representative gameplay to demonstrate the liberating nature of the Nintendo Switch home gaming system. Full game demonstrations, the list of launch window titles, as well as launch date, price, product configuration and related specifics, will be shown and announced prior to the March launch.
Skyrim would be a huge hit for Nintendo
Dating all the way back to the Nintendo 64, Nintendo has struggled with the image that it does not work well with third-party publishers. Companies don’t develop for its consoles with the same support they do for the PlayStation and Xbox, and fans don’t respond by buying them when they come out.
Short of Grand Theft Auto itself, Skyrim is definitely the best game Nintendo could secure to help sell itself to third-party supporters. It was one of the best-selling titles from the previous console generation, and it’s also one of the largest in terms of size.
Of course, we were watching gameplay footage off-camera through a game trailer, but I thought it didn’t look quite as good as the remastered Skyrim available on other consoles. Maybe my memory is playing tricks on me, thinking the game was prettier than it really was, or it just needs its own full-screen trailer to show what it can really do. I really want to see how the Switch’s version of a five-year-old game holds up to the competition’s.
The Nintendo Switch will be released in March 2017, but we are still in the dark with Skyrim.