Elder Scrolls Online Not Coming To Nintendo Switch Because It's Too Big

Developer ZeniMax Online Studios has considered it, however.

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The Elder Scrolls Online launched first on PC back in 2014 before coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One about a year later. But will the MMO ever come to Nintendo Switch? It doesn't seem likely.

Game director Matt Firor told GameSpot today at PAX Aus that developer ZeniMax Online Studios has considered bringing the MMO to Nintendo's hybrid console. However, the game's massive file size (Firor says it's about 75 GB) is one of the reasons it's not going to happen.

"We have thought about Switch but ESO is an enormous game, and it just will not work," Firor said. "I would love for it to because I love Switch. It is one of the largest games ever made, and it just will not fit on Switch."

For comparison, NBA 2K19 is just under 32 GB for Nintendo Switch, and it is one of the Switch's largest games. Elder Scrolls Online is more than double that, so indeed, it could be a problem.

While ESO is not coming to Nintendo Switch, Bethesda already released The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and The Elder Scrolls: Legends for the console.

There are very few MMOs on Nintendo Switch, so ESO skipping the console is not all that surprising. Square Enix's Dragon Quest X MMO is available on Switch, but only in Japan.

We also chatted with Firor about the differences in play behaviour between PC and console, how popular the game is today years after launch, what the announcement of The Elder Scrolls 6 means for ESO, and how ZeniMax Online Studios handles "crunch." Keep checking back with GameSpot for more on our conversation with Firor.

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that game is horrible , its just fetch quests

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Crap excuse. FFXIV is a bigger game in detail with better graphics and higher resolution textures and it's barely above 32 GB on PC. PS4 is almost double that. The real problem is that developers dont know to compress for consoles. ESO is especially bad because it's not even done well on PC. Way bigger install than it should be. They don't know what they're doing and blame Nintendo

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Seems impossible for Nintendo to make a system with a decent memory space, not to mention the cellphone processor of the switch.

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@Tidus1012: the Wii was at a time when flash storage was very expensive. The same problem kind of exists now. The Switch uses the same storage as phones. Notice how much more expensive the 64 GB version of phones are compared to 32 GB? It's not exactly cheap and would add a ton to the system price. The Switch being portable it's only excuse but it's a very solid reason.

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Lol classic case of people wanting a game on Switch that can barely hit 30fps on other consoles. Switch basically means resolution and framerate drop of 50%. Now here's a way to get more games on Switch, STREAMING! Nintendo should partner with Microsoft to use the XCloud.

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Well...at least they considered it?

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If it can fit on a Mac, it can fit on a Switch.

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SO are they trying to say FFXIV is small because I hear SE wanst to put that on Switch

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Anyone who thought it would make it to switch was out of his mind. It's over 100gb on my ps4, no way it could be compressed enough to make its way to switch. I love my switch, but I don’t expect something like ESO to be ported over.