NaturalMotion CEO Doesn’t Rule Out Support For Nintendo Switch
(Last Updated On: December 12, 2016)

NaturalMotion and Zynga recently released Dawn of Titans for iOS and Android devices. The game takes a major leap forward in graphics processing and visual fidelity being rendered on mobile devices thanks to NaturalMotion’s new Echo Engine. The game marks a stark evolution in what sort of games mobile gamers can expect to see on portable devices in the near future.

However, during an interview with NaturalMotion’s CEO, Torsten Reil, I was able to squeeze in a few questions about NautralMotion’s potential support for the upcoming release of the Nintendo Switch, and whether or not we could see their breakthrough technology on Nintendo’s device.

In regards to supporting the Nintendo Switch hardware, Reil states…

“I think theoretically it’s possible. And I’m sure from a device point of view [the Switch] would be able to support [Dawn of Titans], given how we’ve optimized the game. For us, we always need to look at (A) does the business model work on that device? And (B) are there enough units out there?

 

“The attractive thing with iOS and Android is obviously there are literally hundreds of millions of units out there. And with free-to-play the accessibility and barrier to entry – the accessibility is high, the barrier to entry is low. That allows us to do what we’re doing.

 

“A big part of our business model is – however kind of dry that sounds – is that we try to invest in the product to make it so awesome that you want to show it to your friends and recommend it to your friends. And that works particularly well if you have a large userbase. It works less and less well if the userbase is small. In which case it makes sense to charge more, but since our games are free we want people to recommend them.”

On the subject matter of install bases and user engagement, the most logical question after that was to ask about whether or not the Nintendo Switch would be a viable platform to support if it sold like the Wii, which was very, very popular when it released a decade ago. In fact, the console managed to move more than 100 million SKUs globally.

In regards to the Switch potentially becoming a big seller upon release and whether or not that would change NaturalMotion’s policy on supporting the system, Reil states…

“We would never rule it out… but many of these things are a matter of focus, right? Like, mobile has been so good to us, this is how we build our entire company that at the moment that’s kind of our biggest focus.

 

“Again, never say never. We’re not ruling it out, but it’s definitely iOS and Android is where it’s at for us at the moment.”

NaturalMotion’s Morpheme, Europhia and their new in-house Echo Engine are some of the most prestigious pieces of software technology out there. The Europhia helped give GTA IV and GTA V those realistic ragdoll reactions when people get hit, fall down stairs, trip over objects or get shot and stumble around, and helped make Red Dead Redemption as realistic as it was when it came to character movements and interactions.

The company took the advancements they’ve made from the home console space and have evolved it for mobile devices, using dynamic scalability for both low-end and high-end hardware. They recently released Dawn of Titans to the Google Play and iTunes App Store for free.

Additionally, Nintendo has plans on unveiling more details and information about the Nintendo Switch during the early half of January, 2017.


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  • Hans Olo

    WOW cool ios and android games on the Switch OMG gotta get it …..NOT
    No thanks Nintendo…..sitting this one out and every console you will put out in the future…no more cell shaded Zelda games from 2006, no more Mario 64 part 5 and no more Splatoon repurchased on the switch!
    Fan boys say OMG Skyrim is gonna be out of the switch cant wait to play it………..Oh there is good news for you, you will be able to play Skyrim on Switch……you know that game that came out like 5 years ago? If you like living in the past with cell shaded sub par graphics and no third party support, I may suggest a Nintendo console, or you could give me the money ill kick you in the bean bag and we will call it a day!
    Nintendo has been “Now You’re Playing With Power” They need to change their slogan to “Keep Playing In The Past”

    • Bitterbear

      Tell me if there are Nintendo games that need a Day 1 mutlti-gigabyte patch in order for them to be playable.

      • Hans Olo

        No they wont because games like Skyrim has been out 5 years, Mario Kart 8 port has been out 2 etc. etc. enjoy Splatoon port, Xenoblade port, Mario Kart 8 port, Skyrim port…….you remember Skyrim the game thats 5 years old, the one you didnt play because all you own and play with yourself to is Nintendo. Nintendo sucks lately. They should change their motto from “Now your playing with power” to Now You Are Playing in the Past”

        • Gregg

          Nintendo’s past is awesome. Sounds good!

          • Hans Olo

            You can live in the past

    • Gregg

      Your 1st paragraph is filled with awesomeness, and every reason I will love my Switch. Have fun hatin’.

      • Hans Olo

        Thanks Gregg you seem like a typical Liberal male, you know all Liberal males are cuckolds who date feminists, and those same feminists call upon a man like me, an alpha male to service and please them. After all, il fold it in half and still be 6 inches longer than you. Have fun playing with yourself…or er um the past as you call it.

        • Gregg

          Lmao. I’m a hardcore republican, married to a model, am a professional model photographer, model myself, and I perform in porn, profesionally. But thanks for trying.

          • Hans Olo

            Sure I believe you, Awesome you perform in Cuckold porn, you are the cuck boy clean up, and your wife the model is the cuckoldress. Nice Try LMAO!

          • Gregg

            You are a very disturbed little man. I’ll let you know when I care what you believe. Fuck off

  • TylorW

    Do you think you’ll be making an article speculating on what may be announced for launch titles for the Switch in January based on both hearsay as well as official developer supporters (or have you done that already)?

    • Haven’t done that yet. We’ve strangely kind of avoided a lot of speculation and rumor articles, but I can check around to see if it’s worthwhile.