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A Plague Tale Developer Says “The Switch Isn’t Powerful Enough To Render Our Game”

A Plague Tale: Innocence is an ambitious new title from developer Asobo Studio and looks rather promising. Gaming Bolt caught up with Asobo Studio’s Chief Creative Officer David Dedeine to ask whether the game will eventually make its way onto the Nintendo Switch. Dedeine replied by saying that the system simply isn’t powerful enough for the development team to bring it to the platform.

“No. I will not lie by just saying…power,” he said. “It’s really the power of the device. In this case it was the amount of rats we need to display. We already know that there’s too many rats, too many animations, too many AI at the same time. And if we want to give justice to – it’s like there is a large bridge between [it and ] Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro. And the Switch, it was too hard to make the same game in such a different context.”


56 thoughts on “A Plague Tale Developer Says “The Switch Isn’t Powerful Enough To Render Our Game””

  1. Aren’t these the same guys who promised Gameplay of that game and Call of Cthulhu at E3 yet showed nothing but Cinematic trailers?

    Yeah, the Switch isn’t powerful enough for a liner horror game that’s pretty dull looking. I’d rather a HD Remaster of Pathologic than this game. Not really hating on it that it’s not coming to Switch (I have a gaming PC for third party games that aren’t on Switch), I’m more mad at the devs constantly lying about the development of the game.

    Either way, I’m not going to even bother getting it on PC and just buy Pathologic on Steam, much better game.

      1. Why play behind your poor man 2000 dollar PC when I can sit on my compfortable 3000 dollar sofa infront of my 2500 dollar 4k television thats 4 times the size of your computer screen if not more , with my 2000 dollar sound system? If that means playing on a PS4 than so be it , controller is nicer to play than a keyboard and mouse anyway and I know what i’m talking about since I competed at the top 0,5% in all blizzard games and most shooters on a pc;)

      2. @nintendroidblog I usually don’t response to stuff like this but…I can do everything you said from a couch, from a TV, with a computer. This is how I play my computer games when I don’t what to watch TV. You were trying to tease some Nintendo fans and that’s okay. Education isn’t used on the internet. So have fun.

      3. who said i play on ps4 only you small nintendrone? I got gaming pc with gtx 1070 and 4790k now go cry and play mario. OFC all nintendo fans got PC too cause Switch is a shit console that cant be a stand alone console like ps4.

      4. nintendroidblog Interesting. I play my $3,000 gaming PC on my $4,000 65″ 4k OLED TV with Xbox One controllers from the comfort of my leather couch (sorry, I have no idea how much it was). My computer blows a PS4 Pro away. Maybe your mommy needs to work a little harder?!?

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      1. care about gaming? what an idiot you are? why i give a fuck about the shit machine from Nintendo? LOL. I play all the games on the ps4 and pc. And breath of the wild emulator is great with 4k. And someday they will hack this shit machine too and then the emulators will come on PC too. “Lmao i dont care about gaming” LOL.

        1. As a matter of fact,I own all current systems,past systems and a Gaming PC and unlike you,I respect other gamers and that’s where you fail in that regard. Switch maybe underpowered but that doesn’t void the fact that it can have great games but then again,I’m talking to some dude that can’t grasp that kind of mindset because of his lack of understanding.

          1. Great games? Like overwatch? Witcher 3? Gta V? or doom? or More importantly !!!!! Switch is gonna have great games like the next version of Gta ? or even more specificly Switch got Third party support? OH WAIT. Nintendo got so cool system!! And when you want to play Multiplatform games that every Console got XboxPs4 or pc Nintendo is telling you GO SPEND EXTRA MONEY to play ALL the games that Switch cant have. And there ARE MANY MANY GAMES. The nintendo is telling you HEY you want voice chat with your friends? go SPEND money again to get a Phone for voice chat.! Lmao.
            Meanwhile when you buy a ps4 you got everything every new game that will come is 100% chance to move on ps4 xbox pc. Ps4.

          2. ALSO i dont care if you are Nintendrone or not.
            You are in the Community With Nintendo fans.
            This community is a gaming Nazi community that only plays Nintendo games and when third party games supporting Nintendo consoles selling numbers are bullshit

              1. you are just a idiot. i told you, you are in a nazi fucking community. not you are THE nazi. deal with it. this is your community. your nintendo community. Its Like you are a supporter for the gay pride. you dont have to be gay to support it.

    2. I don’t really care about the game. It looks good, but I have my sights set on Prime 4 and many others right now.

      1. Like i said. Nintendrones are a Nazi community that only cares for Nintendo games. To buy on the Nintendo consoles. Thats why the big developers dont give a fuck about Nintendo consoles

    3. I’m sorry that your mommy and daddy couldn’t afford more than one console. I’m sure some day when you grow up and get your own job and your own place to live in, you can get any console you like, and upgrade your PC, as I own a laptop with more power, bought with my own money. LOL! Maybe one day, you can even own all the consoles and a good PC like the rest of us, and stop being a fanboy troll in his mom’s basement.

      Switch owners are more than happy with what we have, and what we have coming. Cool, this guy doesn’t want to scale back the amount of rats on screen at once. All he is losing are sales. Nobody expects Switch to be completely on par with PS4, but when the Switch is running full blown modern game engines without much problem, just having to scale back a little on resolution, or framerate, instead of having to build the game on a completely different and weaker engine like the Wii required with any sort of PS3 game port, the excuses of power are very thin and lazy. His loss, Switch will still get plenty of great games and continue to outpace initial sales of PS4/XB1 throughout the rest of the year and beyond. Nintendo is swimming in money, his one game isn’t a big consequential loss.

      1. Stupid idiot i already said i got pc with gtx 1070 and 4790k and ps4. Maybe my mommy you said couldn”t efford? right. But it was your mommy who efford these gifts for me :)

        Good text you can now wake up. You talking about grow up men and you are one of them? what a joke. And when the switch is running full blown modern game engines without much problem LMAO. doesn’t matter what Switch can run. Only does matter what the switch can do with these engines. And what the switch can do? Snake pass? Lmao.

        You talking about specific gamers who are the minority by far. The most people dont give a fuck to have more consoles than one.
        Thats why switch sucks. and the funs also like you. and developers also know and this is the second reasson developers dont bringing games on switch cause many owners got second console since switch is not worth it to be a solo console and the rest of the owners are Drones who only buying Nintendo games. And the first reasson is because switch is weak. and the downgrade for a big game is massive.

    1. they made fuel, the crew, and recore, they are also the idiots behind conker holo lens
      They are being pretty disingenuous, when a dev says a game is unable to be rendered on a system, it means that the programmers are not good enough to find a solution which allows them to. Basically its their own fault, any way you cut it. Not that they were ever going to port the game in the first place. Wana bet they never even touched a devkit?

      1. No they didn’t make any of those games… Not sure about Fuel but The Crew is made by Ubisoft, and Recore is made by Armature, ex Retro employees that were the head of Metroid Prime.

        And that simply isn’t true saying theyre not good enough. That’s like saying someone’s a bad mechanic because they can make a Geo keep up with a Ferrari.

      2. I don’t know what is the exact extent of their involvement of lot of the games they list on their web page as “our games”, but at least for Recore is credited for Comcept and Armature and assisted by this developer.
        They sound like a support studio for other developers.

  2. Why is he comparing it to the ps4 pro and the Xbox one x? Is the game exclusive to those consoles?

    1. Maybe, I mean, if it comes to the og XBO and PS4, then the Switch shouldnt be a problem. If its exclusive to the pro and the X, then it makes sense.

        1. That can only be true for so long, right? I mean, eventually theyll make the next console and they might be able to scale them down to the Pro and X, but the OG’s will probably run them at 20frames. Do you think that once the new boxes come out theyll completely kill off this generation?

          1. Well, the original consoles are still the main priority. That’s where everyone is and they have to ensure that they can still play. If the games can’t run on the original, they will likely have plans to put it on the next console instead.

  3. Personally why in the world this game must be on the Switch?

    I agree with them saying it’s a complex game, ok but at the same time it won’t fit well on the Switch.

  4. I do t think this goes one way or the other. I mean if power is the factor, then power is the factor.
    To cry about the game being “dull” but you just sound like a sore loser.
    But then again the switch just isn’t that powerful, that’s just how it is, and it well effect/prevent a lot of games from coming to the system.
    At the same time. It’s a great place for indie games and some exclusives. But i think he idea here is to bring powerful mobile games to a platform and allow you to also play then on your tv

    1. The only sore losers here are the people who call out fanboys as such. Great, you don’t like the console. Who cares.

      Most horror games are dull. Note: Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs was suppose to be the big follow up to a great game and it sucked harder than a baby on its mother’s tit. Horror games, much the same as shooters were last gen are over saturating the environment of gaming.

      It’s more impressive if larger devs can figure out a way to put their games on the Switch. It doesn’t have to look the best or run the same engine. However, for the programmers it allows them to expand their skill set. This is why Naughty Dog and Insomniac did so well on the PS3. Programmers will figure out a way to make their games work.

  5. Hmm… a CG trailer from a developer that has not really made anything noteworthy on their own before?
    I sense mediocre disappointment incoming.

    But anyways, there is always a way. And if there’s not, you make one.
    If you can not, that is most likely because of your incompetence.
    And there is nothing wrong with that.

  6. Anyone still remembers the Chinese Switch leak that turned out to be true? This is an excerpt from it “the software demo testing is millions of fish and running almost 8 days, there’s no single frames drops”. The demo the guy was talking about is the Unity fish swarm demo. Fish = rats, the only difference is the model. I hate when lazy indie programmers say Nintendo hardware is weak when in fact their programming experience is based on JavaScript and HTML and they have no clue how to program for a games console!
    Go to 11:20

  7. thenintendoreviewer

    They’re referencing the band aid consoles in their explanation? Yeah I’m sure the Switch isn’t powerful enough. Don’t want to lose a single rat, right?

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