Let’s forget about the horsepower of the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo’s rocky past with third-party publishers and developers, Destiny 2‘s time in development and all of that other stuff for a second. There’s one major reason why Bungie and Activision can’t and won’t bring the upcoming Destiny 2 to the Nintendo Switch: it’s a game that requires a persistent internet connection.
Destiny 2 lead dev Mark Noseworthy told IGN that they won’t likely be bringing their game to the Nintendo Switch.
“I think it’s pretty unrealistic, given we’re an online-only game, right?” …The Switch, because it’s a portable – and I love my Switch, I’ve got Breath of the Wild here, I’ve got it with me.
It’s incredible, I love the console, but in terms of where it’s at, I don’t want leave anyone with the possibility of, like, ‘it’s a thing we’ll consider, maybe next year.’ There’s no plans right now for Switch.”
He wasn’t 100% against it, but…
Don’t get your hopes up here. The simple fact of the matter is that Nintendo Switch players aren’t guaranteed online connection at all times. The Switch is away from the home for a lot of folks, and I doubt Bungie and Activision want to go down that slippery slope of making exceptions or dealing with refunds as consumers buy the game, pop it in on, say, a bus and can’t play it.
This will be a unique problem for the Nintendo Switch moving forward.