BIG IN JA­PAN

EDGE - - KNOWLEDGE SWITCH -

While one re­cent TV ad yielded a brief look at FIFA on Switch, sup­port from the ma­jor western third­par­ties is still con­spic­u­ous by its ab­sence. In Ja­pan, how­ever, things are rather dif­fer­ent. A re­cent de­vel­oper sur­vey con­ducted by long-run­ning Ja­panese mag­a­zine Famitsu painted a rosy pic­ture of Switch’s for­tunes, with over half of re­spon­dents say­ing they were cur­rently de­vel­op­ing for the sys­tem and only one in six say­ing they had no in­ter­est in it. That may im­prove fol­low­ing the Un­real En­gine 4 an­nounce­ment: the US-made en­gine is in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar among Ja­panese stu­dios, with the likes of Cap­com, Square Enix and Bandai Namco now us­ing it to power the lat­est en­tries in some of their big­gest fran­chises.

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