Japanese developer Nippon Ichi Software looks set to develop multi-platform games for both PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in the future. In a recent interview conducted by Famitsu, the developer’s CEO, Sohei Shinkawa stated the following:
“That’s true. As you’ve said, we are a software company that has grown together with PlayStation, and are well aware that a lot of our fans are on PlayStation platforms. So it is not as if we will stop developing games for PlayStation. Overseas, PlayStation 4 sales are incredibly strong and we will continue making games for the PlayStation 4 platform.”
The interview comes just days after Disgaea 5, a popular NIS developed game, had been confirmed as a Nintendo Switch port. NIS has published the majority of its games on Sony’s various platforms for a long time now, including the PSVita, which stills sells respectably in Japan — where handheld gaming has emerged as more popular than home consoles.
Shinkawa went on to say the following:
“In Japan we can’t just ignore the move to portable gaming consoles. Our games are well suited for portable gaming, so when you think about it, it is important for PS4 and Nintendo Switch to balance each other out and do well. With that in mind, from here on multiplatform development for PS4 and Nintendo Switch is very much a possibility.”
Shinkawa’s words suggest the publisher is optimistic about the popularity of the Nintendo Switch in Japan and the commercial benefit of partnering with Nintendo to focus on portable games.
Disgaea 5 launches on the Nintendo Switch this spring.