Nov 1 2017 - 10:22 pm

EA holds back on developing Switch games, for now

The company is waiting for 2018 to make a firm decision.
Gaming Writer
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Nintendo Switch's future rests partly on third-party support, and one major publisher is still queasy about supporting the Switch. EA is waiting for the Switch's one-year anniversary before making any more games for the console, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

Despite releasing FIFA 18 on the Switch earlier this year, EA wants to study its best-selling soccer title's performance on the console and "fully understand what the demand is" for Switch games, according to EA CFO Blake Jorgensen. After the console has been on the market for a year, EA will then make further decisions as to whether the Switch should receive more releases.

Granted, EA's hesitancy is somewhat expected. The Switch is a brand new console, designed for both portable and living room play. And while players are largely warming up to the idea, with most Switch fans using their consoles both at home and on-the-go, it may take several months for EA to learn what to do with the new console. It doesn't help, either, that the Switch's hardware limitations and awkward online interface may provide some complications when executing ports.

In the meantime, FIFA 18 is available now for the Nintendo Switch for $59.99.

H/T Takashi Mochizuki

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