Dragon Ball FighterZ producer Tomoko Hiroki confirmed that a Nintendo Switch version could be released if there is enough fan demand. This game will be released on all major video game platforms, save for Nintendo. Fans will just have to show support enough to encourage its developers to port it.
Switch Port Considered
In a Gameblog interview, the producer confirmed that they’re open to porting Dragon Ball FighterZ to the Switch if it receives enough support. However, fans are discouraged from expecting an early 2018 on Nintendo’s console as they haven’t started on it yet. It’s just up to the fans to make their voices be heard for this port to happen.
Developers Can Make The Switch
Dragon Ball FighterZ’s absence on the Switch has been speculated for quite sometime now. Apparently, some believe that the developers struggled porting Xenoverse 2 to the Switch, hence why FighterZ was not announced for Nintendo’s console. However, Hiroki denied this rumor in the interview as they didn’t have any problems porting Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 on the Nintendo Switch.
Both Dragon Ball FighterZ developers, Arc System Works and Bandai Namco Entertainment, have already dabbled in some Nintendo Switch titles. Arc System Works are among the partner companies listed that will support the platform. One of their known fighting games, Blazblue, is confirmed for the Switch but the company has yet to discuss details about it. This isn’t Arc System Works’ first game for the platform as the developer has released Switch-exclusive Othello back in March.
Blazblue, Guilty Gear Xrd, and other Arc System Works fighting game titles had release gaps between its arcade and console releases. This release gap might also be the case for the Switch release.
On Bandai Namco Entertainment’s side, the Xenoverse 2 port, One Piece Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition, and Namco Museum have yet to be released on the Switch. At the least, both companies are fairly experienced with developing for the latest Nintendo console. Nothing is stopping the developers on the technical side but they still have to show the business side that a Switch release is a good move.
If FighterZ does arrive on Switch, fans should expect it to come later than on PS4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows. Currently, the E3 2017 demo build was only around 20% of its development stage. While the fighting game systems are already there, only six easy-to-use characters were demoed.
With Arc System Works still in the early development days for FighterZ, we might get the Switch version a few months after getting it on consoles. Granted, enough fans voice their support and the developers start working on the Switch port now.