The Layton franchise that began way back in 2007 for the DS has become synonymous with Nintendo platforms ever since. Now that many developers are focusing their attention towards the hybrid Switch system, however, the future of the very touchscreen-focused franchise has come into question.

Level-5 CEO and Layton producer Akihiro Hino was recently asked about the subject by Eurogamer, and he expressed his love for the Switch but explained how it’s proving difficult to figure out a design solution for those who would play a Layton game docked. Check out the full quote:

“I played Zelda. I love the Switch. I think it’s amazing hardware. The problem is, the Layton series does a lot with the touchscreen and pointing. So, the problem with the Switch is, if you play on handheld you can do it, but if you put it on the dock… we’re trying to figure out how that would play into it… If we can get around that and figure out a way of doing it, definitely we’re looking into putting the next Layton onto the Switch.”

The next Layton game, Lady Layton, is releasing for mobile devices in the west next month and for the 3DS this fall. We’ll be sure to bring more updates on the franchise as development continues.

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