After waiting for so long, Nintendo is giving out a lot of information regarding its latest update tablet hybrid. It is going to reveal quite a lot of details about new console of the Nintendo Switch. This information was quite enough to give us a clear idea about the price, release date, hardware, and some of the games we can expect throughout 2017.
But yet it has not satisfied the fans as much, because they could not find the console as amazing as Xbox One and PS4. The previous platforms greatly appealed the audience and the same is being expected from the updated version too.
For instance, Bethesda will be launching The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim this fall on the Switch but it will not be the “Special Edition” they released on PS4 and Xbox One last October. This has made people to believe that this Vanilla version will be launched in 2011 for Xbox 360 and PS3. Yet, there is no official confirmation about this. But there is one game that is heavily rumored to be on par with their 360 and PS3 counterparts.
On Thursday night, EA Sports at a very grand Nintendo presentation, revealed that one of their biggest franchises is coming to the Nintendo Switch, FIFA. This extremely popular soccer game will come to the platform in the future. Presumably, this would be along with the FIFA 18 fall, but it may not be the “definitive” version.
Eurogamer’s Tom Philips attended the Nintendo event and tweeted out that EA is “testing the Switch waters with FIFA” and then followed up by saying that the Switch version of the sports game will be “based off of the 360/PS3 versions that still get made.”
Yep, EA is testing the Switch waters with FIFA. That’s it for now.
— Tom Phillips (@tomphillipsEG) January 13, 2017
I’ve heard FIFA Switch is based off of the 360/PS3 versions which still get made.
— Tom Phillips (@tomphillipsEG) January 13, 2017
If all of this is true, it would probably mean that the Switch version will run on the IGNITE engine and not the Frostbite engine that is used in the Battlefield series. Also, the last few FIFA games, and the top most of them have been running on Xbox One and PS4.
EA’s Peter Moore fired back at Phillips by saying the Switch version will be “custom built for the that Nintendo Switch”.
That is something equal to outrageously deny the rumor that it is a lesser version, though. But the reviews of people on the same were different. People believed that the Moore PlayStation Vita and Wii U ports of the previously released versions were quite better off as compared to their superior Console Version.
— Peter Moore (@petermooreEA) January 13, 2017
The possible reasons are still to be identified. Probably, it could be or couldn’t be that EA is wondering about whether to invest all its funds and resources, to update the FIFA game on Nintendo switch. The reason could be that the Wii U kind of bombed and they don’t know if the audience is there to support them on Switch or not.
But releasing an updated version certainly won’t help the audience to find them out. This could never help them saving enough funds and money in the long run. It’s also possible Switch just couldn’t run a game of that power, but this is all speculation at the moment.
And another game that confirmed rather made an official announcement regarding the switch is NBA 2K18. If the rumors are true and accurate the game might also go through the same fate as FIFA. We’ll have to find out this fall when the sports games hit shelves.
Updated: 10th Feb 2017
Chief operating officer, Peter Moore told Gamereactor, “We are custom-building a FIFA version for the Nintendo Switch. It will be FIFA 18, and it will obviously be later this year when FIFA 18 comes out.”
The Chief executive officer of EA, Andrew Wilson stated that “FIFA 18 will build on the foundation we created with story mode this year, bringing players back to The Journey with Season 2, featuring new characters and new storylines.”
Below if the official announcement of FIFA coming to Nintendo Switch by Patrick Söderlund at Nintendo event in Tokyo:
It’s a huge honor and privilege to be here today representing the passionate and talented team at Electronic Arts. For me, to be on this stage is like a dream come true. For as long as I’ve played games, I’ve been a massive fan of the Nintendo platforms and amazing culture of creativity…so much so that when my first son was born, my wife and I gave him the middle name Luigi!
So today, we’re extremely excited to announce that the world’s most popular sports game will be coming to Nintendo Switch later this year.
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.
We’ll have much more to say and show in the coming months as we bring the world’s game to Nintendo Switch in 2017.