EA recently pulled the curtain back on this year’s entry in the long-running, FIFA franchise—FIFA 20. While the new game is coming with a lot of new content, none of it will be coming to the Switch version. EA covertly shoved the announcement of there even being a Switch version down to a single line of the written announcement at the very end, describing it as merely being a Legacy Edition. These iterations of FIFA releases are simply roster upgrades from the previous version. So, FIFA 20 on Switch will essentially be a re-skinned FIFA 19.
Eurogamer reached out to EA to find out why the company decided to take this approach this year, as the last two releases have been custom-built versions specifically made for the Switch. EA’s Chris Tapsell explained that while the Switch version will not be getting “Volta or any of the big new features”, it would be a “fresh new look…with kits and player lists and all of that.” Again, basically just roster upgrades.
Does this mean that all future releases of FIFA on Switch (assuming there will be any) will now merely be Legacy Editions? Tapsell’s answer isn’t one that sparks a lot of hope. All he had to say was “we don’t know what the future holds”. Here’s his full quote on the matter:
“I wouldn’t say it’s the end [of parity], necessarily for Switch, we don’t know what the future holds. We’re always trying to build Switch to the device, and make it the best we can with the power that’s on that device that was given to us, and I think that philosophy will stay true. Where it goes in the future, we don’t know.”
Not even trying
I don’t see why EA would go back to making true versions of the game in the future if it’s already going down the path of Legacy Editions now. Tapsell didn’t provide a core answer for why this decision was made, but the only guess is that EA must feel that the last two versions of FIFA on Switch didn’t sell well enough to justify another custom build. If that is the case, it’s unfortunate, but considering that those versions were still lesser in quality and content than the other platforms, it’s not really a surprise that they wouldn’t sell all that well. This year’s version will probably sell even less.
EA certainly isn’t helping its sales potential either, as when visiting the official FIFA 20 website, the Switch version isn’t even listed as one of the release platforms, nor is it available to pre-order. All-in-all, EA just seems to be treating this as a throwaway release, which is a shame since it’s the only big IP the company has brought to the Switch ever since launch.