Activision was reportedly briefed on Nintendo’s Switch 2 in the previous year. Executives of Activision reportedly met with Nintendo back in November in a bid to discuss the plans for a next-generation Switch, which is described as closer to Xbox One / PS4 performance.
Activision Briefed on Nintendo’s Switch 2
Rumors of a Nintendo Switch 2 announcement have grown in recent times after reports of developer demos at Gamescom in the previous month. And now, we know that Activision was reportedly briefed on a next-generation Nintendo Switch in the previous year, all thanks to internal emails from the FTC v. Microsoft case.
Activision executives, who are inclusive of CEO Bobby Kotick, according to reports met with Nintendo executives back in December 2022 to discuss a next-generation Switch. Chris Schnakenberg, the head of Activision’s platform strategy and partner relations, in an internal email chain, prepared a summary of the “Switch NG” (Switch next-generation) inside a document that is labeled “NG Switch Draft.pdf.”
The document in question is heavily redacted, but it however does reveal that the performance of the next-generation Switch will be very much close to that of the PS4 and Xbox One:
“Given the closer alignment to Gen8 platforms in terms of performance and our previous offerings on PS4 / Xbox One, it is reasonable to assume we could make something compelling for the NG Switch as well. It would be helpful to secure early access to development hardware prototypes and prove that out nice and early.”
The Executive Briefing Summary and Preparation Materials
The executive briefing summary and preparation materials in question were all at the time sent on to Kotick ahead of the December 15th meeting that was held with Nintendo CEO and President Shuntaro Furukawa. Kotick in question then went on to testify in the FTC v. Microsoft hearing that he reportedly regretted not bringing Call of Duty to the Switch.
This in question then led to questioning from both the lawyers of the FTC as well as Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley about Call of Duty on the Switch. The FTC in question then revealed that the agreement that Microsoft signed with Nintendo also purports to bring a future Call of Duty game to a future Nintendo console in the event that Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard deal is approved by regulators.
Nintendo Preparing Key Publishers for the Next-Generation Switch
Nintendo has been preparing key publishers clearly such as Activision for the next-generation Switch for a couple of months now. VGC back in July reported that a new Nintendo Switch is being planned for the year 2024 release. The new console in question is said to include an LCD screen instead of the traditional OLED and will continue to support cartridge slots for playing physical releases of games.
Trusted Developers Already Got an Early Look at the Nintendo Switch 2 During Gamescom
Eurogamer in the early parts of this month reported that trusted developers got an early look at the Nintendo Switch 2 during Gamescom which was held in August, and this is including some tech demos of how games will reportedly run on the unannounced system. There was reportedly a demo in question of an improved version of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that is designed to run on the more advanced hardware that was inside of the Nintendo Switch 2.
Nintendo Also Showcased the Matrix Awakens Unreal Engine 5 Tech Demo of Epic Games
VGC then corroborated the said claims and then added that Nintendo also showcased The Matrix Awakens Unreal Engine 5 tech demo of Epic Games running on the hardware that Nintendo is targeting for its next-generation Switch. The demo in question as you should know reportedly made use of Nvidia’s DLSS upscaling technology with ray tracing enabled, thus suggesting that the chip inside the next Switch could be well capable of delivering the latest AAA games.
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