The Switch Isn’t Powerful Enough To Do Justice To Our Game – A Plague Tale: Innocence Dev

“We already know that there’s too many rats, too many animations, too many AI at the same time.”

Posted By | On 30th, Jun. 2017 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

A Plague Tale: Innocence is not coming to the Nintendo Switch, which is a bit surprising, given that smaller scale games have managed to find a very receptive market on Nintendo’s hybrid console since its launch four months ago.

Why is this? When GamingBolt had the chance to talk to Asobo Studio’s Chief Creative Officer David Dedeine, we decided to ask him why the Switch will not be getting the game. His response? The system is not powerful enough to do justice to the developers’ vision for the game.

“No. I will not lie by just saying…power,” he said. “It’s really the power of the device. In this case it was the amount of rats we need to display. We already know that there’s too many rats, too many animations, too many AI at the same time. And if we want to give justice to – it’s like there is a large bridge between [it and ] Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro. And the Switch, it was too hard to make the same game in such a different context.”

When asked whether they have made any attempts to actually run the game on the Switch, Dedeine stated that, “We’ve done the math, and had all sorts of discussions with Focus Home Interactive (the publisher). So maybe will try, but right now the discussion we’ve had with the publisher was to not make Switch a priority.”

It makes sense- and it’s a shame, because this is the kind of game that would be right at home on Switch. But if the technology doesn’t allow it, it doesn’t allow it. If you want to play the game, you can always look into it on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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  • Shining Jade

    Eh there lost…
    Binding of issac Afterbirth + pc port plus all expansions not dumbed down made it on the system that has tons of AI & things on the screen I think it’s just a excuse ..
    they don’t want to, it’s not cause they can’t, they probably don’t know how to -_- doesn’t matter we will have many games and our money will go to the ones that care to port to the switch..
    sorry to say but even though imma pc owner I’d rather buy my pc games on the switch over the pc given the switch is portable..
    Thankfully many indie devs are porting so this is just a pebble in the ocean of rocks that keeps growing ..
    The Sytem can run a Massive Zelda world..
    Infinite worlds with Minecraft (coming summer)
    Binding of issac afterbirth +
    Stardew and many others that have tons of AI
    & it can’t run this ..

    • Mark Bryant

      Plus the fact, Nintendo has probably not even given them a DEV kit yet, if at all.

    • Jeff Quartz

      All of the games you listed ran on last gen systems. This is a next gen only game.
      Just drop it.

    • Shining Jade

      Funny Switch is a next gen but its one less game I have to keep on my radar of using money for there are better games in the ocean then this anyways ^-^ Skyrim With DLC or Zelda if it’s not coming to the switch I don’t care I just cross it off the maybe list and push it in the pile of no return

    • Malkill Basdain

      the switch is most definitely not “Next Gen” it is basically a cell phone in a box.

    • Gabriele Barbone

      ah ah ah ah cellphone in a box ?

    • Malkill Basdain

      yes, it has a cellphone arm CPU and a cellphone GPU = cellphone in a box. Don’t get me wrong I like the 3 games on the system that have been worth buying so far, but this is not next-gen.

    • Shining Jade

      Also Zelda BOTW was made on Switch first so it’s a new game ported to the WiiU
      “But if it wasn’t clear before, it certainly is now that the game was designed for the Switch first and the Wii U as an afterthought. Those with full hard drives will have to choose what is more important when the DLC comes out on June 30”

    • Jeff Quartz

      You cannot simply say that because there is DLC then it was made on switch first and not Wii U. The game has been in development for like 6 years and the Wii U hasn’t even been out for 6 years.

    • james sutherland

      graficos de geração passada nova geração onde faz me rir

    • Mavericks

      Switch has a smartphone SoC.

      That’s why, buddy. iPhone and iPad, both have the best SoC on the market, they use a low level API called Metal and they don’t get complex games, the leading device on the market don’t get complex games.

      Tegra is a 3 year old SoC. Think about it.

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  • Poseidon team

    Switch is great (for a handheld), if you can not make a good game you is you (dev) that sucks.

    I wonder why Sony failed so miserably with Vita? I own one and that thing was great too. Bad devs?

  • azoreseuropa

    Now, we are not sure if we want Nintendo Switch this fall. Since I am a fan of Zelda and my roommate is a fan of Mario. No 3rd party with AAA games so far. Thats so concerning to us. Now, we are wise not to waste our money on Nintendo Switch.So we have to back off for a while longer and see how 3rd party are going this fall or next year. Right now, we are happy with PS3 and PS4 consoles of our own. 🙂

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