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Nintendo Was "Less Interested" In Bethesda Games Before Switch, Skyrim Director Says

The Switch is a "very smart platform," but Todd Howard is unsure if it will be a success.


Bethesda is bringing its acclaimed RPG The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to the Nintendo Switch, marking the first time a game in the series has been released on a Nintendo platform. Now, game director Todd Howard has spoken out to praise Nintendo's new hybrid system. In an interview with GameSpot, Howard added that Nintendo was "less interested" in Bethesda's games in the past.

"I think it's really smart what they've done," Howard said about the Switch and its hybrid nature. "I think it's the kind of device that only Nintendo could make. It's exciting to bring Skyrim to the Nintendo audience."

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Howard went on to say that Nintendo has been a "very good partner" for Bethesda in its effort to bring Skyrim to the Switch. This is an improvement over how things were in the past, he explained.

"Whereas before they were less interested in the types of things that we did or some other groups did," Howard said.

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Like many other developers, Howard isn't completely sure if the Switch will be a hit. "I don't know where it's gonna go," he said. "But I think it's a really smart platform. We like it a lot."

Skyrim is slated to launch for Switch this fall, though a specific release date has not been announced.

A remastered version of Skyrim, the Special Edition, came out in October for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Bethesda is one of the dozens of publishers signed up to bring games to the Switch. You can see all of the console's current launch titles here and every game confirmed for the console here.

The Switch launches on March 3.

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