EA to determine Nintendo Switch support on FIFA 18 sales

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Taking a page from Capcom

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Another day, another test for the Nintendo Switch.

Even though the Nintendo Switch has been a success and multiple third-party titles have already confirmed to have had their sales expectations on the system either met or surpassed, EA has taken a page out of Capcom and stated that continued support of the Nintendo Switch will be contingent on the success of FIFA 18 on the system.

In an interview with EDGE Magazine, EA Worlwide Studio Executive Vice President Patrick Soderlund talked about the company’s future on Switch.

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“What I will say is, 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 install 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.”

“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.”

With Nintendo having already passed Capcom’s “first test” and enjoying great success with most of the games on the console itself, is it a safe bet that Switch will pass the ‘FIFA 18 Test’ with flying colors? Or would you still not expect EA to support Switch much?


Sergio Acevedo is a writer at Shigerunews. You can also talk with him about Nintendo happenings on Twitter and visit his Nintendo Podcast at the Force in Unison Gaming channel.

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