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Fallout 76 isn’t coming to Nintendo Switch

The multiplayer Fallout won’t be portable anytime soon

Fallout 76 beta - post-nuclear landscape with two soldiers Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda Softworks

Bethesda has been a champion of the Nintendo Switch during the system’s early life, porting games like Skyrim, Doom and Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus to Nintendo’s hybrid console and portable. These are the sorts of M-rated action and role-playing games that Nintendo isn’t supplying for its own system, giving Bethesda a competitive advantage on a system that might be scaring off other third-party publishers.

“I enjoy us being seen as the third-party leader in terms of supporting Switch,” Bethesda’s Pete Hines said during PAX Australia, as reported by GameSpot. “People go, ‘Hey, you’ve got a lot more stuff [on Switch] than this publisher or that publisher.’ That’s what I want Bethesda to be known as. We’re guys who will take some risks.”

But Bethesda’s latest game, Fallout 76, won’t be coming to Nintendo Switch.

The company discusses each new release to see if it’s something that could work on the Switch, and Fallout 76 didn’t make the cut for what sounds like technical reasons.

“If the game will work on it, we want it to be on every platform possible,” Hines stated. “Fallout 76 is not because it just wasn’t doable. But honestly, there is no game in development that we haven’t had a conversation about [bringing it to Switch].”

Fallout 76 is currently in beta — you can pre-order if you’d like to take part — with a full release coming to PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One on Nov. 14.

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