Pete Hines, Bethesda’s Senior Vice President of Global Marketing/Communications, has confirmed that Bethesda has regular conversations with Nintendo, and the topic of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been discussed.
“We’re always having conversations with them,” Hines told Metro, “but again those conversations wouldn’t necessarily take place with me, they’d take place with a dev to say, ‘We have an idea for a this or a that and we wanna do a game that is a crossover with the Switch.’”
Hines also touched on the fact that, with the Switch, Nintendo has created its first console that can properly run most of Bethesda’s games. Whereas in the past, there was nowhere at Nintendo to place a game like Skyrim, the Switch has opened that door. As Hines puts it, “Now we continue to look at every game that we make [as a possible Switch title] because we want as many people to play it as possible.”
On the topic of whether Bethesda would ever make a Switch exclusive, Hines said this: “It’s possible, but that’s up to the devs in terms of what game is it that they’d be talking about?”
And, asked whether Bethesda has spoken to Nintendo about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Hines offered a two-word answer: “Oh yeah.” There was no elaboration on that fact, but the Doom Slayer comes to mind as an obvious Bethesda character that would slot nicely into Smash Bros. And the fact that Microsoft’s Banjo-Kazooie was recently announced as an upcoming addition, it doesn’t sound too far-fetched for Bethesda’s Doom Slayer to pop up in Smash as well.
For now, all we have is rumors and speculation. Bethesda’s QuakeCon is coming up in July, though, and that seems like a perfect place for any surprise announcements to be made. In fact, Hines hinted in an interview with Nintendo Power that Nintendo fans will want to keep their eyes peeled during QuakeCon. We look forward to finding out why…