In an interview with the BBC, the game’s director said the ability to focus on fewer platforms always resulted in better products.
“When you’re making something exclusive then the more you can focus,” he explained. “You know this is the hardware or the thing people are playing on, so the ability to focus on that always yields a better product.”
“You do want people to be able to access it of course,” Howard said. “But being with Xbox means there is an ease of access for us and I’m told we’re expecting more people playing this launch than anything we’ve ever done before and that’s despite the success of our previous games.
“I do also think people attach brands to certain games,” he added. “When you think of Zelda you think of the Switch and I think there are times when that can be a real benefit.”
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“Focusing on fewer platforms has been a big benefit to that team,” Hines said in June. Being on more platforms would mean “it’s going to take longer, it’s going to cost more. It’s just a far greater risk in my mind.”
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