During the PAX event in Australia, Bethesda delivered the heart wrenching news to its Nintendo Fans by saying that Fallout 76 is not happening for the Switch.
Pete Hines, Marketing Executive Bethesda, said that after long consideration they came to the conclusion that a switch version of the game isn’t doable. He explained by saying, “The Switch is something I can say with certainty that it’s a part of every conversation with every dev we have now about what we’re doing going forward, because we consider it to be a viable platform. If the game will work on it, we want it to be on every platform possible. Fallout 76 is not because it just wasn’t doable.”
He didn’t exactly give any specific details as to why it wasn’t doable. However, it is our speculation that given the sheer size of the open world map with online nature is the problem.
This doesn’t mean that Bethesda doesn’t want games for the Switch, Pete Hines mentioned that from now on, every game they work on will also be considered for the Switch by saying;
“Honestly, there is no game in development that we haven’t had a conversation about. ‘Does this work on the Switch, Do you have a plan for the Switch?’ It’s not a mandate. Everything we do has to be developer-led, but it’s something we want to make sure is on folks radar.”
Additionally, Hines made it clear that making money is one of Bethesda’s goals for which he said, “You go where the money is because that’s how you stay in business,” and “What we have seen compels us to say, [Switch] is a viable platform for the kind of things we do going forward,” that bringing games to the platform will be a smart commercial decision.