It doesn’t sound like Stardock Entertainment’s catalog of highly regarded RTS and 4x strategy games will be appearing on the Nintendo Switch at any point during its lifespan. Well, if what Stardock CEO Brad Wardell says is to be believed then you’ll just have to look elsewhere for strategy titles on the Switch.
According to GamingBolt, Wardell doesn’t have any plans on porting over Stardock games to the Nintendo Switch. Wardell explained…
“No, [we] probably [will] not [support the Switch]. It’s too different than any of the others, and there isn’t a lot of- I haven’t seen a lot of third party success stories on the more recent Nintendo hardware. Nintendo, is a great market for Nintendo, but I haven’t seen a lot of huge hits made by non Nintendo studios”
Personally, I think the reasons for not porting to the Switch is the perfect reason to port to the Switch. It is too different from the other systems out there and it’s its own unique beast. That would seem like a good fulcrum to use to step into the marketplace for Switch customers and offer them something unique.
According to some analytical reports, the software attachment rate for the Nintendo Switch has been quite positive. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has an infamous 102% attachment rate to the system, as reported by MCVUK. VGChartz roughly estimates 270,000 copies of 1-2-Switch have been sold, and GamesIndustry.biz points out that Super Bomberman R also managed to make the top 20 NPD charts.
I think there’s an ample opportunity to reach a whole new audience with the Switch, and Stardock games are untapped territory on Nintendo’s system. There are no notable RTS or 4x games set to land on the system in the foreseeable future, and it seems like it would have been a great way to get out ahead of the pack.
Then again, the Switch is still early on in its lifespan and third-party companies like Stardock can still sit back and gauge interest before throwing their lot into the ring. Wardell, however, believes that Nintendo will still do just fine even without a diverse line-up of games from third-party studios like Stardock Entertainment, telling GamingBolt…
“Nintendo doesn’t arguably need third party,” […] “You think about the Mario games, Zelda, I mean, there’s plenty there. I mean, if it was a $1000 game system, maybe I’d care. But as it stands now, there is plenty to play with on the Switch, that’s just fine”
I still can’t help but feel it might be a missed opportunity, especially while the system’s software marketplace is still ripe territory for the taking.