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Take-Two president is 'very optimistic' about Nintendo Switch, but install base will dictate support

Take-Two has a number of Switch projects in the works, all of which are still under wraps.


At a media conference earlier today, Take-Two president Karl Slatoff said that the company's studios—2K and Rockstar Games—are tempering their enthusiasm for Nintendo's Switch console (via GameSpot).

"With any new hardware, there is always an element of 'wait and see,' and the install base is going to drive a lot [of Take-Two's level of support]," he said. "We're very intrigued and excited about it. The Nintendo folks I think are making a great effort to reach out to third-party developers, which I think is fantastic."

Take-Two studios have Switch projects in development, but are playing cards close to their respective chests until they're ready to share concrete details.

"I would say we're very optimistic and they're good partners," Slatoff said in regard to Nintendo. "We're excited to work with them in the future on it."

Nintendo will announce a price—which could be as low as $250 if a leaked Toys R Us ad can be believed—and exact launch date for the Switch at a hands-on event scheduled for January 13. It will also show games due out within the console's launch window; perhaps one or more Take-Two titles will be shown then.

Cognizant of the fact that Wii U's poor install base scared away most major third-party publishers, Nintendo has been assiduous in reaching out to those partners in order to build a strong library for the Switch. The company revealed a preliminary list of publishers in tandem with its Switch reveal trailer back in October.

Besides Take-Two, other prolific companies working on Switch games include Electronic Arts, Capcom, Bandai Namco, FromSoftware, Bethesda, and Warner Bros.

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