Why Red Dead 2 Switch Won’t Happen (Yet?) 

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Read Dead Rumours? 

Red Dead 2 Switch rumors circulated earlier last year upon the reveal for the game. However, this speculation would dwindle down as the release date announcement via press release by Rockstar set it for Oct. 26, 2018, for the PS4 and Xbox One.

This is not the first Rockstar rumor for Nintendo fans, as rumors of a GTA 5 and a Red Dead Redemption Remastered Edition for the Switch grew even more traction in January 2018 before that month’s Nintendo Direct. Much of that speculation came from the release of Rockstar’s L.A. Noire re-release for the Switch on Nov. 14, 2017. 

But why the shutdown on Red Dead 2 Switch? Let’s look at what the current president and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America,, Reggie Fils-Aime, has to say about it. 

Reggie Would Love Red Dead 2 Switch

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Reggie spoke about the idea of having Red Dead 2 Switch, and loved the idea of it! However, he added that he understands the limitations and development process that did not make this possible for the game to be ported. Here’s his full answer on the matter:

“We’d love for it to be there. But again — and this is where there needs to be an understanding of just the development process — Red Dead has been in development for years, time that predated any communication of Nintendo Switch. So, from the developer’s mentality, they need to move forward and finish the game they’ve been working on and then be in a position to look at other opportunities. Any game from a key third-party that’s coming out now, typically that development started well before any conversations about Nintendo Switch. What happens moving forward? We’ll see. But that’s how you wind up with a situation with Red Dead not being available on our platform.”

Read Dead Hope?

Is Red Dead Redemption 2 Meant for Nintendo Switch?
Is Red Dead Redemption 2 Meant for Nintendo Switch?

For those that still have hope, the hypothetical does not completely rule out the idea of Red Dead 2 Switch. However, many sceptics still find it hard to believe. Some argue that the idea of getting the game on the Nintendo Switch would be impossible. The graphics, the production values, animations, and the memory it takes to get this game working on the PS4 and Xbox One is already hard enough.

And besides, L.A. Noire originally released for the Xbox 360 and PS3 in 2011. Technology hasn’t hit the quality and power that it requires for a game like Red Dead Redemption 2, which is why it was easier to port that kind of game to the Switch to begin with. 

As GamesRadar+ writer and editor, Alex Avard puts it, the idea of Red Dead 2 Switch is hard to describe. “I’m still struggling to get my head around the idea of a game like Red Dead Redemption 2, which pushes the PS4 and Xbox One to their very limits, playing smoothly on Switch without serious concessions to its technical horsepower, but Fils-Aime’s comments suggest that perhaps the console is more capable than we give it credit for.”

Although both sides of the argument are not fully documented facts, one could only hope that Nintendo fans will be able to saddle up in the wild west at home or on the go!  


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