Square Enix has clarified its stance on the reveal of Microsoft’s Xbox Scorpio. It seems the hit publisher will be more focused on the Nintendo Switch. This is courtesy of Square CEO Yosuke Matsuda in an interview with a Japanese publication. He clarified that despite all the device launches this year, the company will be putting more focus on Nintendo’s new brainchild. This is an interesting reveal as the Scorpio joins Windows 10 Game Mode and Google Project Tango as the big “gaming” releases of the year.
Interestingly, Matsuda explains the company’s stance on the Switch is to help support more content creators. He said the success of the Switch may help content creators have another platform to create games for. It may stand to reason that Square may want to test the potential of the Switch, as it is an entirely new platform with a different audience. This can be a breath of fresh air for gamers who want a degree of change outside the PlayStation-Xbox rivalry. Fans can read the full interview with the Japanese publication Nikkei, with a translation courtesy of NeoGAF.
I Am Setsuna is the current Square release for the Switch, and it has received quite a positive response. However, Matsuda did say he wants other Square games ported to the device. This may mean a Final Fantasy 15 port may soon be on the way to the Nintendo Switch. However, the Final Fantasy game may not be the only game on the way to the device. Unfortunately, Matsuda has not name-dropped any games with the interview.
Square Enix, Scorpio and the Switch
Fans may have good reason to wonder the stance of Square Enix on these recent devices. After all, the Switch has just been released almost a month prior to the Scorpio specs’ reveal. This may make fans wonder just which device the publisher will offer games to. After all, the hardware of the two devices may very well be entirely different. In the first place, the Switch offers both handheld and console features in its hybrid device. Meanwhile, the Scorpio boasts more power than its older Xbox One sibling.
Another important factor to consider is the outstanding amount of third-party support for the Switch. It can be remembered that more than 80 developers have more or less declared their support for the Nintendo Switch. This means more than 100 games might be in development for the device, courtesy of these developers. Big names such as Ubisoft and Bethesda are also part of this “alliance” of sorts. Regardless, the statement of Square Enix is not enough of a guarantee that “only” the Switch will get its support. The Scorpio may see some Square titles after its release.