Sledgehammer Gamers responded to a question during an AMA on Reddit if Call of Duty: WW2 would be coming to the Nintendo Switch. Michael Condrey, the co-founder of Sledgehammer Gamers, simply responded “No.”
This came after months of speculation running rampant about a Switch version of Call of Duty: WW2 possibly being in development by Beenox, a studio known for working with Nintendo and also working as a porthouse for other games.
Rumor had it that Beenox was working on scaling down Call of Duty for Nintendo’s Switch. What was the rumor based on? A photo of the Beenox team with some Canadian military people; the developers were wearing Call of Duty: WW2 shirts.
It looks like now the ruse is up and there is no Call of Duty coming this year for the Nintendo Switch.
I know it’s a shot to the gut for a lot of gamers, especially given that many people really want the Switch to do well and not get stuck in the tenuous third-party support funk like the Wii U, but if Nintendo doesn’t start paying for some third-party loving they’ll end up being left out of the loop just like when the G8 summit became the G7 summit when Putin was kicked to the curb. And Nintendo certainly doesn’t want to be Putin during this time.
To their credit, they have been spacing out big first-party releases, with Mario Kart 8: Deluxe launching in April, ARMS dropping in June, and Splatoon 2 set to arrive later this month. They also have Super Mario Odyssey set to arrive this holiday season for the Switch. I’m sure having support from Activision with Call of Duty would really help cinch some extra sales from the dude-bro audience, but that’s even assuming Nintendo can get their production cycles up to finally meet demand.