The Nintendo Switch is the hottest console on the market right now, and it’s for good reason. After all, the console is selling out wherever it goes, its first-party, third-party, and indie games are all selling well (or at the very least, the major 1st and 3rd party ones, indie games are a bit more spread out), and it seems like every week a new game has been announced for the system. Yet, there are some games that people feel should be on the Switch, but isn’t, like Monster Hunter: World.
The Monster Hunter series is huge in Japan, yet it still is growing its fanbase here in the US. Monster Hunter: World was deliberately designed to appeal more to Western gamers. However, it’s only on PS4 and Xbox ONe. Why is that? Well, game directors Kaname Fujioka and Yuya Tokuda talked with IGN about that, and the key issue here…was timing:
“We don’t have any plans for the Switch at the moment. Part of the reason is that the title has been in development for almost 4 years. At the time we had to commit to our hardware choices, we decided on using the most powerful current generation consoles available at the time, which was PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.”
This is the line of reasoning that other developers have used to describe why certain games aren’t coming to Nintendo Switch at the moment. For example, Bandai Namco said the same thing about Soul Caliber VI (which was rumored for the Switch) as the game was being developed well before the system was ever announced or shown off privately.
Now, whether another Monster Hunter game will come to Switch is a bit up in the air right now. Monster Hunter XX is a port of the 3DS game, but it’s only coming to Switch in Japan. Fans want a pure and new Monster Hunter game on the console. When that’ll happen is unknown.