FIFA on Switch is quite…something. While it initially started off as EA’s one and only release on the hybrid, the company has since brought over more titles. But this has also included the last two years of FIFA releases being “Legacy Editions”. Also known as, the last version of the game but with minor roster updates. Despite that, it looks like one such roster addition is going completely missed for FIFA 21 on Switch: the inclusion of David Beckham.
Those that want to play as the athlete will have to do so on other platforms as EA has chosen to ignore his DLC for the Switch version of FIFA 21.
This DLC skip can be added to the already laughably bad list of things that are missing from FIFA 21 on Switch compared to the other versions of the game. In fact, features have been missing from the Switch version of FIFA since FIFA 20. It’s a shame because EA initially seemed like it was very interested in providing a solid FIFA release for the hybrid. It initially went the route of creating a custom version of the game using a modified edition of the Ignite Engine, which is what powered FIFA titles on last-gen hardware. This allowed for 1080p/60fps gameplay, and an overall solid helping of features. But, as FIFA on the other platforms started using more aspects of the Frostbite engine, which still hasn’t been officially brought to the Switch, the hybrid release of the game was slapped with the “Legacy Edition” tagline since FIFA 20. On top of that EA’s flat-out admittance that no gameplay additions have been made just adds salt to the wound.
It remains to be seen if FIFA 22 will come to the system, especially now that the series will be going next-gen. This may very well increase the developer’s chances of ignoring the Switch altogether in order to focus on making this annual series “the best it could be” on next-gen hardware. At least, that’s what EA says with every new-gen release of its annual games.