Here’s Why ‘Monster Hunter World’ Isn’t Releasing On Nintendo Switch

IGN recently interviewed the directors of Monster Hunter World, Kaname Fujioka and Yuya Tokuda. The conversation largely revolved around why the game isn’t releasing on Nintendo Switch, as it’s the hottest new console on the market.

We don’t have any plans for the Switch at the moment. Part of the reason is that the title has been in development for almost 4 years. At the time we had to commit to our hardware choices, we decided on using the most powerful current generation consoles available at the time, which was Playstation 4 and Xbox One. So [the decision was made] before the Switch was even announced or on sale.


It’s also because for every title we decide what the best fit for hardware is for the concept. We don’t just look at everything. It’s more like “if we want to achieve this kind of game concept, where’s the best place to achieve that?” and for this title the Playstation 4 and Xbox One were the best fit for us.

Although I’d love to see the game on Nintendo’s hybrid platform, their reason is sound. I’m sure it would sell well on the system, but development times simply didn’t match up.

Aric Sweeny
Former Editor-in-Chief, now staff writer here at NE. I'm an English student in California. Let's talk Pokémon.