Falcom says Switch is “very successful”, but unsure if its fan base is on the system yet
Despite Switch’s success, The Legend of Heroes and Ys developer Falcom isn’t quite ready to commit to Switch. Speaking with MCV, as published in one of the magazine’s latest issues, president Toshihiro Kondo indicated that the company is adopting more of a wait-and-see approach.
Kondo explained that “there’s still no positive guarantee that the fan base that would play Falcom games are on the Switch yet.”
He explained to the magazine:
“Traditionally, Nihon Falcom’s always been a PC developer that doesn’t really create games for the casual market, but for the really hardcore gamers. Where is that market today? The answer to that is PS4.”
“The Switch is very successful right now, but there’s still no positive guarantee that the fan base that would play Falcom games are on the Switch yet. It’s always been very important to look and see where our users are, so while we thought it was more than likely that many of our fans actually owned a 3DS, one of the trends of PC users is that they prefer gadgets and machines with a higher spec, which is obviously something that Sony was offering. So after a really careful consideration of both sides, we decided it was more likely that the people who wanted to play the types of games we made would want to play them on a PlayStation platform.”
Kondo said earlier this year that Switch is an “extremely Nintendo-like” platform. He also said that if someone at has “an interesting idea or something, we’d be more than happy to entertain it and develop a game for Switch.”
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