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With players around the world preparing to use everything at their disposal to hunt monsters in Monster Hunter World this week, there may be those that are still holding out hope that the action RPG will see release on Nintendo Switch.

The chances of that happening now sound even more unlikely. When asked in an interview with IGN whether there were any plans to release Monster Hunter World on Nintendo Switch, game directors Kaname Fujioka and Yuya Tokuda explained:

“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 four 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.”

Capcom has previously stated that there were no plans to release the game on Nintendo Switch, although announced that they were “starting to prepare” more titles for the portable home console.

Monster Hunter World will release worldwide on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 26th.

Alex Seedhouse

Alex Seedhouse

After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.