Portability is an important consideration, at least for the Japanese market.
NIS appears to be one of the companies that is actually supporting the Nintendo Switch with meaningful content- Disgaea 5 Complete has been announced and confirmed for the Nintendo Switch launch. That is because especially in Japan, the prospect for a company like NISA of having an SKU of their software for portable platforms is hard to ignore.
“As you’ve said, we are a software company that has grown together with Playstation, and are well aware that a lot of our fans are on Playstation platforms,” NIS’s CEO said in an interview with Famitsu (translated by NeoGAF). “So it is not as if we will stop developing games for Playstation. Overseas, Playstation 4 sales are incredibly strong and we will continue making games for the Playstation 4 platform.
“However, in Japan we can’t just ignore the move to portable gaming consoles. Our games are well suited for portable gaming, so when you think about it, it is important for PS4 and Nintendo Switch to balance each other out and do well. With that in mind, from here on multiplatform development for PS4 and Nintendo Switch is very much a possibility.”
So it sounds like NIS will look into publishing its games on PS4 and Nintendo Switch going forward- the Switch seemingly replacing the Vita for their purposes. This goes back to something I had called a while back– it will be fascinating to see this phenomenon replicated across the entire Japanese industry in the months to come.