FIFA on Nintendo Switch going without Frostbite and The Journey

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Posted June 6th, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Third parties already face an uphill battle selling on Nintendo hardware but putting out inferior products to those they also release on other systems plays a role as well. EA Sports is only releasing one game on the Nintendo Switch this year and it’ll be missing two of the most promoted features found on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

Whether it ends up being called “FIFA 18” or as it was first announced “FIFA on Nintendo Switch” it won’t be the same game as those others. As rumored when initially unveiled back in February, the game won’t utilize the Frostbite engine which was introduced last year, and that also means it won’t have the hugely popular story mode known as The Journey which will be entering its second season with main character Alex Hunter. It’s also quite possible it’ll be missing other features which will be discovered later – though in turn it could offer some that are exclusive to the system based on its unique capabilities instead.

The biggest selling point for FIFA on Switch will certainly be its portability. That may end up being enough for some. But those who really care about the FIFA series are unlikely to go back in time for what amounts to an older version of the game when they’ll have a better looking, playing, and fully featured option elsewhere for the same price.

Ultimately this could be a no-win situation for consumers. If the game does poorly the company may simply drop support completely as they did with the Wii U. If it does fairly well they may feel that they can continue to put out editions of games that aren’t up to the level of those on the other systems. The saving grace is that the Switch has clearly caught on with consumers in much better fashion than the Wii U, and if it’s found to have a base of people who’ll buy software that isn’t limited to Nintendo’s IPs then third parties will work harder to try and get a cut of that.

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  • So lame – EA did this to FIFA on the Vita as well. I was really looking forward to some fully featured sports games on the go, something I can’t enjoy on the PS4. Figured EA would do this. Hope 2K shines on the Switch and maybe puts EA in a position to actually put some effort into next season’s offerings. Doubt it either way…

    • WilsonRamos

      Vitas a better console tbh than this garbage seeing as you can get a PS4 and a vita for about the price of the switch

      • ConCity Soldier

        The Switch specs are more superior than the Vita’s man.

      • ConCity Soldier

        The Vita doesn’t even run in HD either. It runs in 540p. The Switch is 720p on the go.

    • Iown You

      “something I can’t enjoy on the PS4”

      Why not? I have a PS4 and a Vita, and I’ve played PS4 on the go with Vita via wifi many times. So many wifi spots out there.

      • Oh sure, you can make it work sometimes, but I travel pretty often and end up playing Switch on airplanes and places where wifi isn’t ideal. I love my Vita, to be sure, but was hoping to see more fully fledged console titles on the Switch

  • MoneyMayweather

    Switches won’t be readily availble this year anyways so it’ll be DEAD ON ARRIVAL

  • ClubSteve

    the game should be cheaper on the switch, plain and simple…..doesn’t look good for sport gamers debating on whether or not to purchase the switch.

    • Rebel

      I can’t believe anyone who really likes sports games would get a Switch. Nintendo systems have always been poor for sports gaming. You get a Nintendo system for the Nintendo games because third-party support isn’t very good, and they aren’t going to make any sports games (no sports sims, anyway).

      • MoneyMayweather

        Gamecube says hi. I’d even go as far as saying N64 and SNES say hi too.

        • ConCity Soldier

          Right! Back in the day I used to buy Madden on N64 & Gamecube. They both ran great on those consoles. NBA Live 06 looked a lot better on Gamecube than the PS2 version.

          • Rebel

            The Gamecube had better graphics than the PS2, so it should’ve looked better.

        • Rebel

          Oh, I had those systems so I know about the sports games they lacked (or third-party games in general). It’s a big reason why I finally moved on from Nintendo systems. The Gamecube did have decent support for a while, but nowhere near what PS2 and Xbox got.

  • WilsonRamos

    Hah wonder if Nintendo will have the cheek to release at full retail price

  • Iown You

    As lax as EA is, I still wouldn’t expect much effort for the Nintendo version of ANY multiplat from any company. I’m surprised FIFA is coming to Switch at all quite frankly.

  • Sean Patrick Sinagra

    N64 had the best WWF wrestling games like No Mercy, Wrestlemania 2000, WCW/NWO Revenge up until PS2’s Smackdown series became 2k’s WWE

    Nintendo needs to release a 4 player wrestling or Smash Bros fighter

    Arms was supposed to be an attempt at boxing but the motion controls were terrible when I did their weekend playtests

    They should make another ready to rumble boxing game if they want to go cartoony