Despite Ubisoft and Nintendo working more closely together than ever, Ubisoft’s upcoming Assassin’s Creed: Origins will not be making its way to the Nintendo Switch.
In an interview with Gamingbolt, Assassin’s Creed: Origins game director Ashraf Ismail was asked whether the development team had any plans to release the franchise’s latest entry on the Ninento Switch.
“We’re shipping on Xbox One (X), PS4 (Pro) and PC. There are no plans to release it on the Switch,” Ismail responded, quickly destroying any speculation that might state otherwise.
This news may not come as a surprise for most, but considering the closer relationship between Nintendo and Ubisoft over the last few years—especially with their two biggest franchises coming together as one in Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle—the decision not to release one of Ubisoft’s most successful franchises on one of Nintendo’s most successful systems seems odd.
Back in 2012, Assassin’s Creed III launched on the Wii U a mere month after the initial release on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The following year, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag even saw the Wii U version releasing alongside Sony’s and Microsoft’s consoles. Two spin-offs have also been released on the Nintendo DS.
Since Origins has the same development team working on the game as Black Flag, hopes were high the franchise would finally return to a Nintendo system, but alas. Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, and the more recent Ezio Collection all have not found their homes on the Nintendo Switch just yet, and Ismail’s comments suggest that is not going to change any time soon.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins is launching October 27 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.