Bethesda does release Switch versions of some of their high-profile games despite technological limits. However, it won’t be doing this with Fallout 76. Marketing exec Pete Hines told guests at PAX Australia that it wouldn’t bring the apocalyptic shared-world game to the Switch because it “wasn’t doable.”
The developer has asked about the possibility of supporting Nintendo’s system with every game it’s working on, Hines said. It just wasn’t an option here. This isn’t a big surprise, since Doom, Skyrim and Wolfenstein II have single-player play where performance and graphics aren’t as important. Also Doom’s multiplayer was limited to small groups in small environments.
Fallout 76 operates on another scale entirely. You’re traveling a vast landscape with many other players and there are serious consequences for death. And if you limited this to playing against other Switch owners, it would probably not be very fun.
Worry not Switch users. There are more Switch-friendly titles coming. Hines said that “the next Wolfenstein” is also coming to the console. We don’t know if he meant Youngblood or the planned third game in the main series, but at least one of them will make that cut. Hines said that there’s enough money in Switch editions of these games to keep producing them for the foreseeable future. Just not Fallout 76.