In case you’ve been living under a rock, Codemasters recently announced their very latest entry in to the long-running DiRT series, DiRT 4, which coming to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC platforms.
The Warwickshire-based developer recently told Daily Star that they are not ruling out the possibility of bringing their arcade racer DiRT 4 (and indeed the recently announced Micro Machines) to the Nintendo Switch console.
“Personally, I’ve got my Switch pre-ordered and I’m getting it day one“, said Senior Games Designer Darren Hayward. “Obviously at launch [DiRT 4] is not coming to Switch. We’d already picked our platforms. We’ve nothing to announce right now, but, I wouldn’t rule it out.”
Hayward recognises the fact that more traditional games such as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim are coming to the Switch but has concerns over full support using the Switch controller.
“There are signs of more traditional games coming out for Switch with full controller support like Skyrim, but would Dirt Rally or Dirt 4 work on a split Switch controller? I think we’d have to do quite a lot in terms of extra tweaks,” said Hayward.
“When you take it away and you’ve got it in tablet mode with the Joy-Cons it’s great, but those split controllers, that’s custom game design right there specifically for that platform. There are not many inputs, so you’d have to have super simplified controls and because of that, it may not be the ideal scenario for DiRT 4.”
“That said, I could definitely see Nintendo Switch having some compelling racing experiences,” he concludes.
DiRT 4 features 50 off-road vehicles, five rally locations of Australia, Spain, Sweden, Michigan and Wales and includes the five rallycross tracks of Motalegre, Loheac Bretagne, Hell, Holjes and Lydden Hill.