Nintendo is still keeping major third-party development studios in the dark about its mysterious NX console despite the fact that the system will launch in less than a year, according to developers EGM spoke to at the Skylanders series’ Toys for Bob and The Order: 1886‘s Ready at Dawn Studios.
According to Paul Yan, Toys for Bob’s associate creative director, Nintendo hasn’t informed the team behind the upcoming Skylanders Imaginators about the NX.
“We haven’t heard any news from Nintendo, so we don’t have any announcements,” Yan said when asked if the game will come to Nintendo’s next system.
Lou Studdert, associate producer at Toys for Bob, supported Yan’s claim, saying that Nintendo has a history of playing it safe when releasing information about consoles.
“I don’t know what [the NX] is,” Studdert joked, adding that Nintendo keeps a “very, very, very, very, very tight lid on everything.”
Ready at Dawn, the studio behind The Order: 1886 and the upcoming multiplayer arena brawler Deformers, doesn’t know much about the NX, according to the studio’s cofounder and chief creative officer Ru Weerasuriya.
“The day one plan [for Deformers] is to launch on Xbox [One], PlayStation 4, and PC? What about NX? That’s the thing. Honestly, we are waiting.”
Weerasuriya also confirmed that Ready at Dawn does not have a developer’s kit for the NX.
Mark Stanley, vice president of internal development at GameTrust, the GameStop subsidiary publishing Deformers, admitted to being in talks with Nintendo about the system.
“On the GameTrust side, we’ve seen where [Nintendo is] at and that’s a conversation that keeps going? Since they announced the NX officially, they’ve been kind of wrangling a lot of the inquiries? and, from my perspective, it seems like they’re trying to get their hands around what type of content they want to have for their launch window.”
Rumors surround Nintendo’s upcoming console, which is scheduled to launch in March 2017. We’ve seen patents for controllers or peripherals that sense objects and detect temperature, pressure, and motion, in addition to reports of games loaded onto 3DS-style cartridges, rather than discs. Nintendo has also stated that the NX is not meant to replace the Wii U, but will be a “new way of playing games.”
Don?t expect to hear any clarification on those rumors at E3 this year?Nintendo isn’t going to talk about the NX at all during the industry event.