Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford “would love to see” Borderlands 3 eventually release on the Nintendo Switch.
The Nintendo Switch is one hot console. It just passed the Nintendo 64 in terms of sales by moving over 34 million units. Everyone is trying to get a piece of the Switch pie by releasing their own games tuned specifically for the Switch’s more modest hardware, including some beefy shooters like Warframe and Doom.
So it comes as no surprise that when pressed whether or not Borderlands 3 will eventually see a Switch release, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford said that he “would love to see that happen.”
The tweet came out earlier this week when a Borderlands and Nintendo fan asked if there were any plans to release on the Switch. Randy responded favorably but stopped short of saying there were any plans to release the next installment of the Borderlands franchise on Nintendo’s hot handheld console.
I would love to see that happen.— Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) April 28, 2019
The last Borderlands game to sell in a handheld format was Borderlands 2 on the PlayStation Vita. The Vita never even approached the same sales numbers as the Nintendo Switch, so this version of the game never really registered as more than a blip.
So far, Borderlands 3 will release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via the Epic Games Store. These systems have some pretty hefty hardware compared to the Switch, and the PC requirements are certainly beyond the Switch’s meager handheld performance metrics. Getting Borderlands 3 to work on the Switch will definitely require some work on the part of the developers to tune the game for something a little less powerful.
On the plus side, if they do go ahead with a Switch version, it could bring some efficiencies over to PC gamers with more modest rigs.
Borderlands 3 releases September 13th, but don’t expect a Nintendo Switch version to appear until some time later, if at all. That depends on how well the game sells on the big three platforms.