Nintendo would “absolutely love” to have Red Dead Redemption 2 on Nintendo Switch, but more than likely it won’t happen. That’s according to Nintendo of America executive Reggie Fils-Aime, who explained in a new interview one of the reasons why the acclaimed western isn’t on the company’s hybrid console.
Fils-Aime told The Hollywood Reporter that developer Rockstar Games likely started work on the game years before Nintendo started to talk about the Switch. As a result, the developer might not have been able to accomodate another platform, Fils-Aime suggested.
“We’d love for it to be there. But again–and this is where there needs to be an understanding of just the development process–Red Dead has been in development for years, time that predated any communication of Nintendo Switch,” Fils-Aime said.
“So, from the developer’s mentality, they need to move forward and finish the game they’ve been working on and then be in a position to look at other opportunities. Any game from a key third-party that’s coming out now, typically that development started well before any conversations about Nintendo Switch.”
Fils-Aime acknowledged that he can’t say for sure what will happen with future Rockstar games, but for now, this explains why Red Dead Redemption 2 isn’t on Switch.
Additionally, it’s not uncommon for platform-holders to show their new, unannounced consoles to developers well ahead of when they are publicly revealed. By some accounts, Red Dead Redemption 2 began development just after the first game shipped in 2010, and if that is indeed the case, that was still during the Nintendo Wii days.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is a graphically demanding game, and the Switch is underpowered compared to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Fils-Aime doesn’t mention this is in his comments.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is doing just fine without releasing on Switch. The game shipped 17 million copies and generated more than $725 million in revenue just days after release. What’s more, it took only eight days for Red Dead Redemption 2 sales to surpass the number of copies of Red Dead Redemption 1 sold in eight years.