Sonic Forces isn’t too far away now as it launches on the Nintendo Switch on November 7th. Eurogamer met up with Shun Nakamura, game designer and producer at Sonic Team, to quiz him about any obstacles the team encountered when making the Nintendo Switch version of the 3D and 2D platformer which runs at 30fps on the platform.
“When we were doing concepts for the game, we really wanted to make it multiplatform. Regardless of what hardware you have, how you’re playing the game – the base idea is for that experience to be the same on the machine. And this was back before anyone knew what the Nintendo Switch would be. Even when we were drawing the lines of having Xbox One, PS4, we were going to have Nintendo’s new hardware – even though we didn’t know anything about it, we got the budget and schedule sorted before we even knew what existed. It was a bit of a panic when we first got the Switch – it was a little bit different to what we were expecting, so it was a case of seeing how we could make that work. There were some challenges – but because we have our own engine, we were able to customise it very quickly in a way that could work for the Switch, and in a way that it could really be the same experience on the Switch without it having to feel or look different.”