So if you’ve been following Nintendo Switch news today, you may have come across this image
These are companies confirmed to be working on titles for the newly announced Nintendo Switch. Some of these are easily recognized like Sega and Square Enix, who are both confirmed to be working on NS titles at the moment but what about the others? Well allow me to try and and go through these partners by erecting a text wall:
505 Games: Currently working on a game called “Freaktown” for most modern platforms, it’s not a stretch to assume they’ll be making an NS port as well. 505 seem to publish for companies like Arc System Works and From Software
Activision: These are the guys behind Call of Duty. Every Nintendo console (except the 3DS surprisingly) has at least 1 Call of Duty.
Arc System Works: This company is behind the legendary Guilty Gear fighting series but more recently they put out Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden on the 3DS.
Atlus: JRPGS. Most notably Shin Megami Tensei and Persona. On the Wii U, this company developed Tokyo Mirage Session.
Bandai Namco: Other than publishing Souls games, BN has the rights to publish several anime properties including One Piece and Dragon Ball Z. They’ve also worked with Nintendo on Smash Bros For 3DS and Wii U
Bethesda: In the Nintendo Switch reveal, we watch as the man in the trailer plays Skyrim at home and while traveling. Other than the HD re-release of Skyrim, Bethesda is responsible for the latest Fallout titles, Doom and, Dishonored.
Capcom: This company is responsible for Street Fighter, Resident Evil and, Phoenix Wright. I’m crossing my fingers for a Nintendo vs Capcom game since it’s unlikely we’ll see another Marvel vs Capcom
Code Masters: Once a maker of peripherals, it looks like the bread-and-butter of Code Masters are racing games like the gorgeous Dirt series and the F1 series.
EA: The recipients of the Worst Company of the Year award in 2013 and 2014, EA has published the yearly Madden and Fifa sports titles we all have to endure. More recently this is the company behind Battlefield 1 and Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare. They also control The Sims and Sim City IP. Despite being one of the first big names to distance themselves from Nintendo when things start to go sour, they always release at least a couple of games on Nintendo consoles during the release window. Unfortunately, EA is the only publisher with distribution rights for Star Wars so if EA decides the Nintendo Switch isn’t selling fast enough during its first 90 days on the market, it could burn its bridge with Nintendo much like it did with the Wii U.
From Software: Dark Souls. From Soft also developed Demons Souls and Bloodbourn but since Sony own those two brands, it’s more likely we’ll see a complete Dark Souls 3 and possibly a Dark Souls 1 remaster. From also controls the Armored Core IP and a cult favorite of mine, Otogi: Myth of Demons
Frozenbyte: This is the company behind the Trine trilogy. This year they’re releasing a game called Shadwen.
Gametrust: The only game I see by this company is Song of the Deep so there’s something to hype you guys up: Song of the Deep is probably coming to the Nintendo Switch.
Grasshopper Manufacture: Headed by Goichi Suda 51, this studio worked on Killer is Dead, Lollipop Chainsaw, Liberation Maiden and, the No More Heroes games.
GungHo: This year they did Let it Die but their most notable title other than that was Puzzle and Dragons which lives on as a manga in Koro Koro magazine. They’re also credited with the Tomba games but I’m not holding out hope for a revival (though I guess that’s not impossible)
Hamster Corporation: This is a games publisher which seem to have rights to older IP such as Ninja Jajamaru-Kun, Ninja Kid and, not much else…the most note-worthy game I see credited to them is a PS2 version of Raiden, a space-based schmup.
Inti Creates: A development company staffed by former Capcom staff, this company is credited with the recent Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 and the abysmal Mighty No. 9.
KT (Koei Tecmo): If it ends in “Warriors” it was made by this company: Hyrule Warriors, Berserk Warriors, Dynasty Warriors, Samurai Warriors, Gundam Warriors and, One Piece: Pirate Warriors to name a very, very few.
Konami: This is the company behind Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, Castlevania and, Mystical Ninja Staring Goemon. Recently, they seem to have pulled away from traditional gaming but massive fan backlash may be just enough to bring them back into games development. At the very least, they may just let another company produce a game based on one of those IPs.
Level 5: This company is behind Yo-Kai Watch, Ni No Kuni, Fantasy Life and Inazuma Eleven. Game Freak has announced recently that they’re working on a Pokemon game for Nintendo Switch so perhaps Level 5 will be doing the same with the popular Yo-Kai Watch.
Marvelous Entertainment: This is a production company who have been credited for games such as Senran Kagura: Estival Vs, Rune Factory, Harvest Moon and, Valhalla Knights
Maximum Games: A publisher/distribution company credited for games such as Lichdom Battlemage, Worms, Putty Squad, and this year’s Road Rash revival.
Nippon Ichi Software: Disgaea, Prinny and, Criminal Girls are the big three you may have heard of from NIS.
Parity Bit Inc: All I can find from this company is Pocket Football Club and, Derby Stallion 64
Platinum: The kings of great games that nobody buys, Platinum is the company behind Bayonetta 1 and 2. They’re currently working on Scalebound which is projected to launch in 2017. They also worked on Transformers Devistation and TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan.
Sega: A new Sonic the Hedgehog game is already confirmed to be in development for the Nintendo Switch. Sega is also the owners of the Nights into Dreams, Alex Kidd and, Shinobi IP’s.
Spike Chunsoft: They’re currently developing Danganrompa V3 but in the past they are credited with games like Zero Time Dilemma and, One Piece: Burning Blood.
Square-Enix: Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest are the biggest IP Square has and Dragon Quest X is already confirmed for the Nintendo Switch. Other IP Square Enix controls include Deus Ex, Tomb Raider, and Hitman.
Starbreeze Studios: A developer AND Publisher, Starbreeze are credited for games like this year’s Overkill’s Walking Dead and Dead by Daylight. Other games include the Riddick series, The Darkness and, Enclave.
Take-Two Interactive: Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne and Midnight Club. Please note that it wouldn’t be unheard of for GTA to find its way on the Nintendo Switch since the DS had its own GTA title and the Game Boy Advanced had a Max Payne in the past.
Telltale Games: This company is responsible for interactive story games like Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, The Wolf Among Us and the new Batman series.
THQ-Nordic: Darksiders is probably the biggest thing by THQ-Nordic but they’re also credited for work on Painkiller.
Tokyo RPG Factory: All I can find from this company is I Am Setsuna. Considering a game as old as Skyrim appears to be planned for the Switch, I Am Setsuna on the Switch could easily be in the realm of possibility.
TT Games: This is the company behind the modern Lego games such as Lego City Undercover, Lego Marvel Superheroes and, Lego Worlds.
Ubisoft: This company is credited for the Tom Clancy, Assassin’s Creed, Rayman and, Far Cry series. Before getting your hopes up too high though, the Rabbids games, Just Dance and, Just Sing are also a part of Ubisoft’s stable and more reliably appeared on Nintendo consoles over the past couple of years.
Warner Bros Interactive: This seems to be a straight-up publishing company. They have recently published the Arkham games, Mortal Kombat, Lego Star Wars Episode VII, Mad Max, and Lord of the Rings: Shadow of Mordor. Injustice 2 is a good bet for being included on upcoming Nintendo Switch titles.
Rekochoku: Rekochoku seems to be a Japanese-based music streaming service that offered some kind of service on Japanese 3DS and Wii consoles.
Audiokinetic Wwise: This seems to be a development tool for use by Nintendo Switch developers. It seems to be used mostly in sound mixing and it looks like all other game platforms use this application.
Autodesk: Another application used to develop games, this application seems to focus on lighting effects and realistic lighting in general.
Criware: Another development tool for realistic lighting, visuals and sound design.
DeNA: A mobile developer noted for games like Final Fantasy Record Keeper and Miitomo. It would appear DeNA are currently working on a mobile Fire Emblem title.
Epic Games: Their most recent game is Paragon but they’re also credited with work on Bulletstorm (which is allegedly getting a remaster) and the Gears of War series.
FMOD: Audio software used in game development and present on games on multiple platforms.
Havok: A physics engine used in games for many years, consoles and, generations.
Rad Game Tools: Developers of the Bink 2 Codec, this is used for game development.
Silicon Studio: The three biggest games by this company are Bravely Default, Bravely Second and, 3D Dot Game Heroes.
Ubitus: A game development tool; it seems to be used for porting games from one console to others.
Unity: A game engine used by independent developers and even some larger studios. Games developed using the Unity engine include Yooka-Laylee, Surgeon Simulator, Slender: The Arrival, Hearthstone, Grow Home and, Ori and the Blind Forest.
Web Technologies: This is a developer of game development software like OPTPiX. The general friendliness of their main website makes me thing their software centers around indie development.
I hope this helps clear up some confusion and indeed, helps to build up your own personal hype!
Edit: I added in a couple of more details on some entries, specifically for Ubisoft and EA. I also made each company’s title bold.
The thing is, Nick thinks as he leans on the railing and
glances up at the dark sky where it’s threatening to piss it down, the thing
That bloody Tomlinson lad is stupidly fit.
And he means it in every sense of the word.
Nick struggles to make it to the gym once a week and weeps
through his post-workout takeaway when his seldom-used muscles ache in protest.
Louis, on the other hand, has been running suicides on the pitch in front of Nick
for the past forty minutes and doesn’t even really look out of breath. And even
with his hair plastered to his sweaty forehead, he looks fit. Beautiful, even,
if Nick was feeling particularly poetic.
Right now though he’s mostly feeling a little turned on by
Louis’ stamina, if he’s being honest.