Resident Evil 7 probably isn’t coming to Switch, but Capcom doesn’t seem ready to shut that door entirely.
Resident Evil 7 producer Masachika Kawata has said the much-loved horror series probably isn’t coming to Nintendo’s new Switch console.
“I think it’s a very unique piece of hardware. I’m looking forward to the possibilities of the system itself, but we have no plans at the moment regarding Resident Evil on Switch,” he told the Express.
Although Nintendo hasn’t gone into detail on the Switch’s innards, its hybrid home console portable nature means it’s probably not going to be a natural fit for ports of games like Resident Evil 7, which were built for hardware on par with the PS4 and Xbox One.
That said, it’s certainly capable of delivering good performance on compelling titles, and it’ll be really interesting to see what sort of triple-A experiences we get for Switch once developers start building games specifically for it.
So while Capcom may have “no plans” for Resident Evil on Switch at present, never say never. The publisher has traditionally had a good relationship with Nintendo, too – and Kawata didn’t just burst out laughing and say “fuck no” like Respawn did.
In the meantime, Resident Evil 7 releases this week on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
With a dramatic shift in style to first-person perspective and more emphasis on creepy atmosphere, Resident Evil 7 is a fresh start for a series that went off the rails a bit for a few releases. It has a lot to prove, but if it goes big enough we can probably expect to see Capcom bring the series everywhere it can cram it.