It seems that last year’s Minecraft ad, where the Nintendo Switch and the Xbox One was seen together, was just the beginning!
JeuxVideo, a French website, reports that Microsoft‘s and Nintendo‘s executives have been meeting regularly. Although their discussions are far from over, they have already decided to bring two games, namely Ori and the Blind Forest and Cuphead, over to the Nintendo Switch. They also claim that three franchises (Forza, Gears of War, and Halo) are also being considered for the Switch, but we don’t know what the plans could be. (An Xbox One game’s port? An Xbox 360 game’s port? An exclusive spin-off?) The Xbox Game Pass and Microsoft‘s game streaming service, xCloud, is also rumoured to launch on the Switch this year, allowing Switch players to access Xbox One games without hardware limitations (as the Switch is weaker than the Xbox One).
Direct Feed Gaming says Ori and the Blind Forest and the Xbox Game Pass are coming to the Switch, and GameInformer also mentions the latter. Thurrott, while doesn’t name the Xbox Game Pass for the Switch, says Microsoft is planning substantial announcements regarding the service at E3 this year. Windows Central says they have been hearing the Switch-Xbox Game Pass rumour for a year, but Microsoft would also like it to be available on PlayStation 4, too. They add that Ori and the Blind Forest and Cuphead on the Switch would be the test for the new Xbox Live SDK, which would allow Xbox Live services on the Switch and mobile devices.
While this is nothing official, if this many sources claim the information, it’s suspicious. It would be amazing if all this happened, wouldn’t it?