With so many third-party studios wanting to get a piece of the Switch’s pie, it’s not surprising that even Gearbox has apparently spoken with Nintendo about the possibility of Borderlands on the Nintendo Switch. However, don’t get your hopes up, because it’s likely that it won’t happen any time soon.
According to Randy Pitchford, the head of Gearbox, there had been discussions with Nintendo about the possibility of bringing Borderlands 3 to the Nintendo Switch when it came out. However, apparently that didn’t go well, because he said earlier this month that the talks had fallen apart. So, if you’re planning on getting a Nintendo Switch and are also a Borderlands fan, you’ll probably have to buy it on another console.
However, there is hope for the possibility of Borderlands on the Nintendo Switch; apparently, Pitchford has said that there could be hope for a port onto the console if it not only sells enough units, but also that Gearbox can make a version of the game that doesn’t “compromise the experience.”
The Nintendo Switch will apparently have a large number of third-party games on it to complement the first-party Nintendo games that will be coming with it. Its debut back in mid-January did give it some good focus (such as revealing the launch date of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, along with Splatoon 2, Arms, and other such games), but with not much of a games list after that, the third-party portion of the console may need all the help it can get.
Pitchford has said that Borderlands on the Nintendo Switch will have to wait for a good while, as he believes that Nintendo would do better right now focusing on what they’re best at, for instance making sure that the Switch can actually become a success before Gearbox makes any plans to put the next Borderlands on the console.