Injustice 2 has already enjoyed sales success on PS4 and Xbox One, as it became the highest-grossing console game of Q2. But developer NetherRealm Studios and publisher Warner Bros. Interactive may want to increase those sales even further, with a possible Nintendo Switch port.
Ed Boon, the creative director of NetherRealm Studios, spoke about a possible Injustice 2 Switch port recently at the Brazil Games Show. Boon says that “from the game player’s perspective, would it be fun to play Injustice on [Switch]? I do think it would.” The Injustice 2 developer suggests that on the Switch “you could have tournaments, everyone comes over with their own system and you can have whole structured tournaments and parallel gameplay and all that.”
However, the Nintendo Switch version of the game would come with some compromises. Boon explains that it would be possible to make any game on any console and that Injustice could run on the Atari 2600 but “it’s not going to be great.”
The Nintendo Switch has a “pretty different hardware architecture” to other consoles, Boon says, and that porting the PS4 version of the game to the Switch cannot be done “really easily.” As a result, if an Injustice 2 port was to happen, “[NetherRealm] would need to set up something in terms of an external team.” Though, the developer’s art team does have enough people to create content for three different console versions.
Boon knows what needs to be done then, but how likely is it that Injustice 2 on the Nintendo Switch will become a reality? NetherRealm’s creative director already knows that fans are interested in a Switch port, having conducted a Twitter poll about a portable version in March (the Switch got 60% of votes versus the PS Vita’s 40%). The interest in games like Pokken Tournament DX and Ultra Street Fighter 2 also confirms that there is a real appetite for fighting games on the Nintendo Switch.
Moreover, Nintendo is reportedly looking for more mature games in order to define the Nintendo Switch as a console for all players, rather than one that just offers family-friendly titles. Admittedly, Injustice 2 isn’t quite as brutal as Mortal Kombat (NetherRealm’s other fighting series), but it does have plenty of extremely violent moments.
From characters being mauled by prehistoric fish and being rammed into walls by a giant, spectral bull, there’s plenty of over the top action on offer. The Switch could be a good fit for Injustice 2, then, if NetherRealm and Warner Bros. go ahead with the port plans.
Injustice 2 is out now for PS4 and Xbox One.