There were definitely some surprises during Summer Game Fest last week, but the biggest came right out the gate when LEGO Horizon Adventures was announced. The reveal confirmed a long-standing rumor of the game’s existence, but the real shocker was seeing a Switch logo at the end of the debut trailer.

Since then, many have been wondering how on earth it is that LEGO Horizon Adventures is making its way to Switch. Thankfully, we now have an answer from James Windeler, a narrative director at developer Guerrilla Games. According to a VGC interview with Windeler, bringing the game to Switch just made too much sense.

“It was just a really unique opportunity for us. It was a natural fit for the ambitions that we had. I keep mentioning it, but we want this to be for everyone, and the Switch is really a platform that allows us to broaden the audience. That ethos goes all the way through the game, from the control schemes which are quite simple, [for example] it works on a single Joy-Con, and then also the simplification of the story, the lightening of the themes, the humour – it’s all part of the same ambition.”

[James Windeler, narrative director at developer Guerrilla Games]

In a separate interview with Famitsu, James opened up about working with Switch for the first time, and how Nintendo has been lending a hand in development.

Personally, it was my first time, but there were many staff members on the team who had experience developing for the Switch, so there were no special difficulties.

Regardless of the hardware, we wanted to bring “Horizon” to as many people as possible, so we tried to keep the controls as simple as possible. In that sense, it may have been a first for us, but rather than calling it difficult, we took it as a positive opportunity and proceeded with development.

Nintendo has been very supportive of our development on the Nintendo Switch.

[James Windeler, narrative director at developer Guerrilla Games]

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1M ago

Agreed! Glad to see publishers break traditional conventions when they think the audience makes sense. Then again, it does come down to where they think they'll be able to make the money...