In the same interview that saw him as the protagonist of a heated debate on the importance of game streaming during the next-gen, Bethesda Softworks vice president Pete Hines offered his point of view on the role his company played in Nintendo’s commercial success Switch.
To the colleagues of GamesIndustry.biz, the VP of Bethesda explains that “One of the things we discovered when talking to Nintendo management was that there is a part of their audience that is interested in playing titles like this that we propose on Switch. There is even a part of their audience that decides to buy one of our titles as the first Switch game. It’s a really interesting situation to see. It definitely fits an audience that Nintendo already has, but it’s also clear that we’re bringing new people to the platform. Yesterday I met a guy who told me that the first games he bought on Switch were DOOM, Wolfenstein, and Skyrim because they are the kind of experiences he wanted to live on the console, and the fact that they were on Switch led him to buy it”.
The change of strategy implemented by Bethesda compared to previous years is quite evident, as confirmed by Hines himself, stating that“Wii was not exactly on the same level as the other consoles of the time. We wondered if the Wii user would ever want to play our titles, but they were just speculations because we would never be able to make our you play on that system, so it’s a rather controversial topic. Of course, you’re not wrong in stating that the level of support we dedicate to Nintendo Switch is dramatically different if we compare the last two years to the previous 15. I think it’s due in a great part of what this console can do, compared to what we could have done on previous Nintendo consoles compared to other platforms of the same period”.
The leaders of Bethesda, also by virtue of the statements of Pete Hines, are preparing to launch on Nintendo Switch titles such as DOOM Eternal and Wolfenstein Youngblood, two hardcore shooters scheduled for release also on PC, PS4 and Xbox One (and Google Stadia, as in the case of the new DOOM).