‘Destiny 2’ Nintendo Switch Release: Bungie confirms they have no plans for a port

Source: IGN
Source: IGN

Destiny 2 on Nintendo Switch may seem like a no-brainer decision, considering the game is coming to most next-generation consoles. While we can expect Bungie's sci-fi shooter for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC, Destiny 2 for Nintendo Switch is a different story.

Destiny 2 for Nintendo Switch: Anticipated sequel won't come to the portable console

Speaking with IGN at the game's reveal event, Destiny 2 project lead Mark Noseworthy had this to say about the Nintendo Switch:

I think it's pretty unrealistic, given we're an online-only game, right? The Switch, because it's a portable — and I love my Switch, I've got 'Breath of the Wild' here, I've got it with me. It's incredible, I love the console, but in terms of where it's at, I don't want [to] leave anyone with the possibility of, like, "It's a thing we'll consider, maybe next year." There's no plans right now for Switch.

The reasoning is vague but the takeaway is clear: The Nintendo Switch won't see Destiny 2   definitely not at launch and likely not ever. The Nintendo Switch isn't as good at heavy-lifting as the PS4 and Xbox One, especially in terms of performance and graphics. But the real problem isn't just the Switch's lighter specs — it's the continued lack of internet support.

Nintendo has promised Switch owners a proper online solution and smartphone app to go along with it, though we've yet to see what exactly that will look like. Games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and upcoming Splatoon 2 can already make use of online multiplayer. But for a game like Destiny 2, which relies so heavily on internet play, Nintendo's online features are currently a big question mark.

Destiny 2 Nintendo Switch: Third-party games need more attention

Destiny 2 may not be coming to the Switch, but this could very well change. If Nintendo sorts out their online play service it could mean good news for a Destiny 2 Switch port. And when Nintendo releases a more powerful iteration of their console, perhaps called the New Nintendo Switch Lite XL 2, it may have the specs required to keep up with Destiny 2's guardians.

Until then, games like Destiny 2 are exactly the type of titles Nintendo needs to watch out for. Nintendo needs third-party titles like Skyrim for their console. Otherwise, potential console buyers have more reason to pass on the Switch when making their choice of video game system. Unfortunately, for now, Bungie's game on the Switch just isn't Nintendo's destiny.

Check out more Nintendo Switch news and coverage

Looking for more Nintendo Switch news? Check out how blind gamers are using the Nintendo Switch and why you can't get your Mii to look quite like you. Nintendo's left Joy-Con issue turns out to be a hardware problem — here's how to solve it. Find out how to buy a console amid the recent restock. Learn why the Switch cartridges taste so bad. Check out our comparison photos sizing up the Switch to the Wii U GamePad (part one and part two), or find out how to make use of ethernet without the dock and the best way to get alerts when new stock arrives.

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Xavier Harding

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