Talking heads at big companies will certainly tell you the best parts of hardware because it’s mostly good for business. When it comes to finding out the truth about hardware performance, developers are the ones to go to. Some may be wondering how the Switch is holding up and Ubisoft gave We Write Things a sparkling report.
Ubisoft is bringing the new game Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle to Switch next week. The company’s development with the game and system reaches into the years. No third party publisher knows Switch like Ubisoft does and they certainly have opinions on it.
In an exclusive interview with We Write Things, Andrea Babich, who is a lead narrative designer on Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, spoke about the hardware’s portability. “The name says it all: the seamless switch between handheld and couch-style playing. This is something unprecedented and it allows players to focus on the same game in very different moments and contexts of the day,” Babich said.
How does it perform with big games though? Well, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild proves Switch is a major player in a space with little competition. The next great example of how Switch can handle a major AAA title seems to be Mario + Rabbids. Perhaps other publishers will begin to take note of Switch’s stable performance with big time games?
“When a game is good, you want to keep playing at that game without interrupting the flow of your choices and actions. I can play at the office during lunch break, then stop, then leave in the evening and resume playing on the bus, then I’m home and resume playing again, always in the stream of the gameplay with reasonably little pause.
“What surprised me is how well it works for big, deep games. You never lose the thread. You keep the pace. This was so true for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, for example. And I think it’s the same for Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle,” Babich said.
As the months fly by, Switch’s library continues to grow and this will only benefit its install base. Exciting exclusives like Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle mean more gamers will gravitate toward the hardware. It’ll be interesting to see if other third party publishers follow Ubisoft’s lead in creating new games for Switch. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle.