Bethesda has been kind to Nintendo recently by releasing major titles on the Switch. Games like Doom, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Skyrim, Doom Eternal, and what more could you ask for? Doom Eternal will even be available on the Switch on launch day. But Fallout 76 won’t be ported to the Switch.
Bethesda Marketing Executive Pete Hines at PAX Aus said the following statement:
“The Switch is something I can say with certainty that it’s a part of every conversation with every dev we have now about what we’re doing going forward because we consider it to be a viable platform. If the game will work on it, we want it to be on every platform possible. Fallout 76 is not because it just wasn’t doable. But honestly, there is no game in development that we haven’t had a conversation about. ‘Does this work on the Switch, do you have a plan for the Switch?’ It’s not a mandate. Everything we do has to be developer-led, but it’s something we want to make sure is on folks’ radar.”
He also clarified that Bethesday will follow the money, and the Switch is where it’s at. He also said the following:
“You go where the money is because that’s how you stay in business. What we have seen compels us to say, ‘[Switch] is a viable platform for the kind of things we do going forward.”
Bethesda wants to be on the Switch if possible, but not all the games they release can be ported to the Switch. The previous games have been doing well for Bethesda, but the Switch just won’t be “doable” this time around. Perhaps sometime in the future they can port some older titles over and make them profitable once again. As for Fallout 76, the Switch won’t be getting a release at this time.