EA CEO Blames Switch Port Performance For Lack Of Support

Published: July 31, 2019 11:09 PM /


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Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson has an interesting view on how decisions about games like the upcoming FIFA 20 get supported on certain consoles. It's no secret that the Nintendo Switch versions of FIFA games have consistently been missing sizable amounts of features that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions always receive. As Wilson puts it, the reason for that would be because Switch owners would rather play their games on other consoles.

The upcoming FIFA 20 has been marked by EA as a Legacy Edition for its release on the Nintendo Switch, meaning it will once again be missing features that the other console's versions won't be. Every single FIFA release on the Switch has been missing features, but Wilson defends the decision due to Switch owners platform of choice for playing EA games. Wilson states:

Any time we’re evaluating platform conversations we’re really looking at a couple of things. One, does the game really fit that platform in terms of the controls or the community ecosystem. Two, do we think the community playing on that platform would appreciate the game to go there, or would they prefer to play it somewhere else?

We have a lot of data that would suggest that a great many Switch owners also own a PlayStation 4 or an Xbox One, or a PC, and very often choose to play the games that we make on those platforms even though they have a Switch and they enjoy a lot of great content on the Switch.

This was in response to a question Wilson was asked during EA's financial conference call for investors and analysts about The Sims potentially being released on the Switch at some point.  Now, there could be a completely different and valid reason that FIFA, in particular, sees the changes it does for its Switch versions, but the obvious issue with Wilson's statement is that no one in their right mind would choose the Switch version of FIFA because of the missing features. If the first FIFA game on the Switch was the full game and did poorly there would be evidence to back up this claim, but FIFA 18 was missing features from the beginning. If EA wants to see Switch owners choose the Switch to play their games on it might be a good idea to actually release the full game on the console first.

What do you think of the reason given for the lack of Nintendo Switch support for EA games? Let us know in the comments below!



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