Nintendo NX Launch Won’t Have Take-Two Support

Take-Two Interactive won’t have any titles ready for the NX launch. Is this a sign of things to come in terms of future third-party support for Nintendo NX?

When the Nintendo NX launches in March 2017, the platform will have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild serving as its must-own piece of software, and now it seems as though one major third-party publisher will not be attending the NX launch party. Take-Two Interactive, parent company of 2K and Rockstar Games, announced during a Q1 earnings call on Aug. 4 that the company will see no impact from the Nintendo NX during the current fiscal year. For reference, Take-Two’s current fiscal year will end on March 31, 2017.

What does this mean? Well, it means that Take-Two will have no games available for Nintendo NX during its March launch. Take-Two was an early supporter of the Nintendo Wii U, having had NBA 2K13 and Transformers Prime ready for the Wii U’s Nov. 2012 launch in North America. Things quickly soured, however, as the company became hesitant to release software on the Wii U platform and support dried up.

The initial reaction to the news of Take-Two not being at the NX launch may not be much of a shock to some. To others, it may paint a grim portrait of concern when it comes to the prospect of third-party support for the NX platform. However, it is best to remain calm and not dwell on this news as it doesn’t serve as any indicator of future support by the publisher. Publishing and releasing late ports of titles like NBA 2K17 in early 2017 wouldn’t perform well, and doesn’t benefit Take-Two nor Nintendo.

Less than a month ago during an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two Interactive, expressed excitement about what Nintendo has planned for the future.

“We’re believers. We never want to count Nintendo out,” said Zelnick. “They do it over and over and over again. So we feel pretty enthusiastic actually.”

While the company may not be there on Day One for the NX, but it certainly sounds like the company has plans to support the platform.