Indie Developer “Guarantees” Nintendo NX Will Not Support Third-Party Developers

Posted on by Ryan

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Thomas Mahler, a developer for the indie game Ori and the Blind Forest, has said he has tried reaching out Nintendo regarding developing a game for the Nintendo NX, but has experienced lack of communication. Mahler said his company Moon Studios have attempted to reach out to Nintendo and has received “absolutely nothing” in regards to a reply from the company. Saying that he can now “guarantee that they’ll just not have any software support, since nobody can just jumble games together in less than a year.”

This comes after Unravel developer Martin Sahlin claimed that Nintendo was keeping the NX away from third-party developers.

Below is Mahler’s full comment he posted on NeoGAF…

“This is actually THE singlest most annoying thing for every dev out there. We also talked to Nintendo and got absolutely nothing – I’ll never understand that. And just to be clear, it’s not just Nintendo, every hardware manufacturer is treating their devkits and their unreleased consoles like they’re the second coming and are insanely secretive about it to a stupid degree in todays time. It’s not even that the hardware isn’t finished (duh), but you could at least give me the goddamn specs, so we’d know what to build shit for!

What’s needed to sell hardware is goddamn good software. With Nintendo not having any devkits out there at this point and probably even wanting to sell it in 2016, I can already guarantee that they’ll just not have any software support, since nobody can just jumble games together in less than a year. I mean, you can, but it’ll be garbage.

The same is true for Engine Support – Get Unity and Epic to support these consoles WAAAAY ahead of release. By the time the console launches, it should be EASY for developers to develop games for these systems, things shouldn’t just only start at this point. I want the goddamn devkits or at least proper hardware specs ideally 2 years before release – Keep all the developers updated, start a forum where devs can chat and figure out all the problems everyone’s having, instead of everyone just having to deal with it. None of that’s happening anywhere and it’s just braindamaged.”

  • Not surprised, though wouldn’t call in all the doom and gloom yet!