Nintendo Switch has seen some incredible third-party support with games like Doom, Skyrim, L.A Noire and more. Recently, it was rumored that Rockstar Games might be looking to bring GTA V to Nintendo Switch along with Red Ded Redemption. While these rumors didn’t pan out but, we are not here to discuss them, we here to discuss if Switch Exclusive GTA is feasible or not?
What we are here to discuss is that if Rockstar Games decides to develop a Switch exclusive GTA title, will it be feasible? Can Rockstar Games actually pull it off? We Will discuss every aspect of it.
Will Switch Exclusive GTA Be Feasible?
Before we go into the technical details such if Nintendo Switch will be able to handle a big open-world game or not, let us discuss from a business point of view if developing a Switch exclusive GTA will be feasible for Rockstar Games or not.
Grand Theft Auto is one of the biggest franchises for Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of Rockstar Games, and GTA V alone has brought in millions of dollars through GTA Online which features microtransactions.
From the perspective of Take-Two, making a Switch Exclusive GTA will not be feasible since the game will be limited to just one platform and given that Nintendo is yet to roll out the Switch online service which will cause the profits to drop which the company can earn through the online mode for its game.
Furthermore, Rockstar Games is one of the most respected developers in the game industry and even without the online mode the Switch exclusive GTA would be a success financially. But, the profits will be way lower compared to multiplatform GTA title which has the potential of selling millions of units on just the launch day alone.
However, there is a way in which a Switch exclusive GTA could be feasible for Rockstar Game. The Studio could develop a Switch exclusive GTA separate from GTA VI by dedicating a team that will work on the Switch version alone and can take full advantage of Nintendo Switch’s hardware like Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of the Wild.
Long story short, it is up to Rockstar Games if they want to develop a Grand Theft Auto title exclusive to Nintendo Switch or Nintendo makes an offer to the studio to make an exclusive GTA just for Switch. However, given the console’s success, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Rockstar Games actually considers developing GTA for Nintendo Switch.
With that out of the way, let us discuss from a technical point of view if a Switch exclusive GTA would be feasible or not. Let’s start by counting down some of the open-world games, both first-party and third-party titles, to determine if Nintendo Switch’s specs are up to the task of handing a game like GTA since the game would have to live up to a lot as there are certain standards that come with the GTA brand.
Last year we saw the release of the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on Nintendo Switch from Bethesda and guess what, while it wasn’t able to render graphics like PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions, it was still an impressive looking game. However, it wasn’t a perfect port since the hardware limitation was evident with frame rate drops in certain places.
But given that Skyrim is a multiplatform game and not specifically built from ground-up for Nintendo Switch, such complications were bound to happen.
Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild was a launch title for Nintendo Switch which showcased just what the hybrid console is capable of running. Not only the game featured incredible gameplay mechanics but also put an impressive showcase of the visual fidelity to show just what Nvidia Tegra powering the console is capable of.
Not only that, Rockstar Games rolled out L.A Noire for Nintendo Switch last year which, while not a perfect port, showcased if done right the console can handle open-world titles. However, L.A Noire too was a victim of frame rate drops on the Switch but, then again L.A Noire is a multiplatform title.
With everything said and done, from a technical point of view, a Switch exclusive GTA could be feasible as Legend Of Zelda: Brea Of The Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Skyrim and more games have showcased that Nintendo Switch is completely capable of running such games on its Nvidia Tegra powered hardware.
The best way to go about it would be developing the Switch exclusive title with a separate team from GTA VI’s development team. In this way, the studio wouldn’t have to worry about a dip in profits since GTA VI, if it ever comes out, will be rolling out to PC and consoles while the Switch exclusive will be a separate development cost.
In this way the team could develop a game from the ground-up, designed specifically for Nintendo Switch and taking full advantage of the console’s hardware like Zelda: Breath Of The Wild does.
What that being said, in the end, it is all up to Rockstar Games or Take-Two Interactive to decide if making a Switch exclusive GTA title would be feasible for them or not.
What is your take on this? Do you think GTA for Switch will be feasible in both technical and financial terms? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.