Last January, Nintendo invited EA’s Patrick Soderlund on stage to make a ‘big’ announcement: EA would be supporting the Switch. This support would consist of FIFA 18….and only FIFA 18.
EA spent a good chunk of last year constantly reiterating that it’s looking to see how the Switch would perform before fully committing and FIFA 18 would serve as a test drive of sorts. It looks like things turned out well.
In a recent interview, Nintendo of France announced that the game has sold 73,000 units on Switch in the region. This may seem like a very small number, but it turns out to have been good enough for EA to be happy. In fact, EA is pleased with the sales of the game across the board, and according to NoF, new announcements will be made soon.
Ironically, the Switch version of FIFA 18 has received the lowest review scores out of all the current platforms. This is due to the fact that it’s missing a few key features from the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions, such as the Career/Story Mode. FIFA 18 on Switch has been described by EA as being a “custom-version”, which sits somewhere in between the current-gen and last-gen iterations. If FIFA 19 comes to the system, then perhaps EA might try a little harder to bring over the current-gen experience. As to what other games the publisher might be considering for the system, only time will tell. If anything, the safest bet is more sports titles like Madden.