EA Games is excited and pleased with the success of Nintendo’s Switch which is selling faster than they can stock. Worldwide Studios Executive VP Patrick Söderlund expressed that EA wants to bring games to the Nintendo Switch. The current hurdles that third party publishers have to keep in mind are resources devoted to support Switch games by building new portable technology. Several EA games use Frostbite 3 Engine which would be impossible to run on the Switch.
Söderlund said that EA is “testing” the audience on Nintendo Switch with the release of FIFA 18. He also mentions:
“ We will appear on any platform where there are consumers, and players. We believe that we want to be a part of the Switch, and help Nintendo grow that installed base; that’s why you’ll see FIFA, which by the way is really good this year. It’s a full-fledged FIFA game, for the first time to be honest, on a portable device.”
“But at the same time we have to look at it from a resource standpoint and, at some point, the numbers become a factor. So for us it’s about supporting the platform, building technology for the platform, testing it out with big things like FIFA – and maybe a couple of others, we’ll see – and if they go well, I see no reason why we shouldn’t have as much of our portfolio on that platform as possible. I hope we get there, that would be my personal ambition.”
The Nintendo Switch is selling at an alarming rate and many fans online have voiced their excitement for FIFA 18 on Switch. Here’s hoping that EA is pleased with FIFA 18‘s sales and bring more games to the platform. Capcom recently said that they’re ramping up their Switch support after the success of Street Fighter. This is great news as increased third party support will bode well for Nintendo, publishers, and Nintendo Switch owners.