There were quite a number of rumours regarding the next generation of Switch, and they were mostly about the performance. But thanks to the internal emails from the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) versus Microsoft court case over the acquisition of Activision, we know what to expect from the Switch 2.
In December 2022, Nintendo executives held discussions with Activision executives, including CEO Bobby Kotick.
Within an internal email chain, Chris Schnakenberg, who heads Activision’s platform strategy and partner relations, compiled a summary of the “Switch NG” (Next-Generation Switch) and placed it in a document named “NG Switch Draft.pdf”, according to The Verge.
Although the document contains extensive redactions, it discloses that the next-generation Switch’s performance will closely resemble that of the PS4 and Xbox One.
Given the closer alignment to Gen8 platforms in terms of performance and our previous offerings on PS4 / Xbox One, it is reasonable to assume we could make something compelling for the NG Switch as well.
It would be helpful to secure early access to development hardware prototypes and prove that out nice and early.
Ahead of the 15 December meeting with Nintendo CEO and president Shuntaro Furukawa, the executive briefing summary and preparation materials were transmitted to Kotick.
Subsequently, during the FTC versus Microsoft hearing, Kotick expressed regret for not having brought Call of Duty to the Switch.
This admission triggered inquiries from both the FTC’s legal team and Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley regarding the possibility of Call of Duty being available on the Switch.
The FTC disclosed that the agreement between Microsoft and Nintendo also includes provisions for bringing a future Call of Duty game to a forthcoming Nintendo console, contingent upon regulatory approval of Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
In recent weeks, Eurogamer and VGC revealed that reputable game developers were given a sneak peek at the Nintendo Switch 2 at Gamescom in August.
During this event, attendees reportedly had the opportunity to witness a demonstration of an enhanced edition of “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” and Epic Games’ production, “The Matrix Awakens” running on the still mysterious console.