While EA Sports’ yearly football franchise is ticking up another year with FIFA 18 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One it seems that the Nintendo Switch might not be joining them. Coming to this years EA Play 2017 event in June, EA has confirmed it will have two football titles on show, FIFA 18 and one known as EA Sports FIFA on the Nintendo Switch.
At a Nintendo event in Tokyo, Patrick Söderlund explained
EA SPORTS FIFA on Nintendo Switch will be the most immersive, social, and authentic sports game ever created for Nintendo players.
It will deliver the FIFA experience custom built for Nintendo Switch so you can play anywhere, play with anyone, and play how you want to play.
If you’re at the park, at your friend’s house, or on vacation, you can always stay connected to the biggest matches. You’ll be able to get on the pitch with your favorite players and teams from the world’s best leagues in iconic stadiums from around the world all with the unmatched authenticity and depth that FIFA is known for.
This isn’t unusual for Electronic Arts to release their yearly franchises on new platforms with unique titles they had done it with the PlayStation Vita in the past too. This naming system gives the publisher a degree of freedom. It doesn’t set expectations for one, they can make the game different to the established platforms in terms of key features that play to the strengths and weaknesses of the new platform. It also leaves the franchise to only have one release, so if the game doesn’t sell well there is no expectation that the follow up will see the light of day on the console.
Of course, this could be that DICE hasn’t gotten Frostbite working optimally on Nintendo’s new machine which is what the FIFA franchise has used since FIFA 17 and will likely be used again going forward.
Now the question is, how close is EA Sports FIFA to its FIFA 18 brother. Is it a close attempt or is it a spin off from the franchise that brings something new and different to Nintendo? We’ll have to wait until EA Play 2017 which runs from the 10th-12th June 2017.
EA Sports FIFA is due to release for the Nintendo Switch later this year around the same time that FIFA 18 is due to launch on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. We’ll also be looking out for whether PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions will get a release this year.