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Report: Nintendo is introducing external developers to Switch 2

The demo reportedly featured a revamped version of Breath of the Wild.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

September 7, 2023

1 Min Read
The Switch OLED on a yellow background

Nintendo introduced a number of external developers to its inevitable Switch successor during a specially prepared showcase at Gamescom 2023.

That's according to a report from Eurogamer, corroborated by VGC, which claims devs were treated to a demonstration featuring an improved version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and The Matrix Awakens Unreal Engine 5 tech demo, which debuted in 2021 to show what the future might look like on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

Breath of the Wild, specifically, was reportedly running at a higher framerate and resolution than the original Switch release. The Unreal Engine 5 demo, meanwhile, apparently leveraged Nvidia DLSS upscaling technology and advanced raytracing.

The Nintendo Switch 2?

The notion of Nintendo working on a next-generation Switch almost seven years after the original debuted isn't exactly surprising. Still, it's fascinating to hear the company has started courting external developers with a view to selling them on its potential.

A separate report from VGC published in July indicated the Switch 2 is slated for release in the second half of 2024, and suggested it will be another hybrid device that can be used as both a home console and handheld.

Nintendo has yet to confirm any of these reports. The original Switch, however, has sold almost 130 million units to-date, and it seems hard to believe Nintendo will abandon the brand that reinvigorated its hardware business after the disappointing performance of the Wii U.

About the Author(s)

Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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