Earlier this week, Gamesindustry.biz published an interview with Bethesda’s Pete Hines, where he revealed an interesting detail about the company’s games on Switch.
The Switch era represents a turning point for the relationship between Bethesda and Nintendo, with Bethesda going from having no games on Nintendo consoles to becoming one of their strongest third party supporters.
According to Hines, this is not just because the Switch is a more capable console than the ones before it, but also because there is a surprisingly big market for Bethesda games on Switch. So much so that quite a number of Switch owners bought one just for the Bethesda games.
“One of the things we discovered in talking with Nintendo, is that there’s a segment of their audience who plays other kinds of things on their platform that also likes our stuff. And there’s a segment of their audience — and it’s a healthy size — whose entry point into the platform is our title. [Nintendo] can see what is the first thing people play on a new Switch account, and when it’s a Doom or a Skyrim, they’re like: ‘Somebody got a Switch and decided to play your game before anything else.’
“It’s interesting to see. It definitely fits an audience that [Nintendo] already has, but it’s also clear that we are bringing some new people to [Switch]. I met a guy yesterday who said that the first things they bought on Switch were Doom, Wolfenstein and Skyrim because they are the sort of thing they wanted, and the fact they were on the Switch made them get a Switch.”
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