Usually when bringing a game over to any system, the objective is to excite and persuade potential buyers into actually purchasing the game by means of marketing material. Well, EA seems to be doing half of that when it comes to laying out everything that will be included (and not included) in FIFA 20 on Switch.
What makes FIFA 20 on Switch so “special” is that it’s actually a ‘Legacy Edition’. This tagline has been slapped onto FIFA releases of the past which signify that they’re really just the same game as before, with a few minor additions sprinkled in. The marketing material doesn’t get franker than this. Here are a few lines from the product description and FAQ of FIFA 20. EA plainly states that the game will include new “in-game menus and broadcast overlays, the latest kits and squad updates for the upcoming season, but no new game modes or gameplay innovations.”
Wowzers! Well, perhaps points can be awarded for honesty? The next FAQ gets even blunter by stating that FIFA 20 has the exact “same gameplay innovation from FIFA 19 without any new development or significant enhancements.”
The proof is in the pudding
Yeah, 10 honesty points definitely have to be handed out here. At the very least, nobody can legitimately say they bought the game and didn’t know it wasn’t an “actual” new game over last year’s release. So, the moral of the story is if you really want FIFA on Switch, then you’re better off sticking to getting FIFA 19, unless you really need those precious new menu animations and roster updates.
FIFA 20 Legacy Edition will limp its way onto Switch on September 27, 2019. The one, real, saving grace to this…interesting situation, is that EA also bluntly states that the Legacy Edition will cost less than the full version of the game on other platforms.
Hopefully, 2K won’t change its tune and do this same, lazy move with 2K21 next year. For now, at least that team is serious about its development on Switch.
The full description and laundry list of missing features of FIFA 20 Legacy Edition is below:
The EA SPORTS™ FIFA 20 Legacy Edition launches September 27th on Nintendo Switch™ featuring the latest kits, clubs, and squads from some of top leagues around the world. It will also feature some of the world’s most famous stadiums, including a number brand new to FIFA 20.
In the FIFA 20 Legacy Edition you’ll be able to experience the authenticity and atmosphere of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, and play modes including FIFA Ultimate Team™, Kick Off, Career Mode, Licensed and Custom Tournaments, Women’s International Cup, Skill Games, Online Seasons, Online Friendlies, and Local Seasons.
Learn what’s included in the FIFA 20 Legacy Edition in the FAQ below.
- What is the FIFA 20 Legacy Edition?
The FIFA 20 Legacy Edition features updated presentation (in-game menus and broadcast overlays), the latest kits and squad updates for the upcoming season, but no new game modes or gameplay innovations.
- What modes are available in the FIFA 20 Legacy Edition?
You’ll be able to play Kick Off, Career Mode, Tournaments – Licensed and Custom, including the UEFA Champions League, Women’s International Cup, Skill Games, Online Seasons, Online Friendlies, and Local Seasons with the same features from FIFA 19. FIFA Ultimate Team will also be included in the Legacy Edition.
- Does gameplay in the FIFA 20 Legacy Edition vary from FIFA 19 on Nintendo Switch?
The FIFA 20 Legacy Edition will feature the same gameplay innovation from FIFA 19 without any new development or significant enhancements.
- Can I play FIFA Ultimate Team in the FIFA 20 Legacy Edition?
Yes, you’ll be able to play FIFA Ultimate Team, featuring Manager Tasks, Single Player & Online Seasons, Single Player & Online Tournaments, Single Player & Online Draft, Online Singles Matches, Online Friendly Seasons, Team of the Week Challenges and Squad Building Challenges.
- Can I play online?
Yes, you’ll be able to play Online Seasons, Online Friendlies, and various FIFA Ultimate Team modes online.
- Will FIFA Ultimate Team feature special player items in the FIFA 20 Legacy Edition?
Yes, certain special items in FIFA Ultimate Team will be supported in the FIFA 20 Legacy Edition.
- Will there be live updates to kick-off squads throughout the season in the FIFA 20 Legacy Edition?
Yes, the FIFA 20 Legacy Edition will feature live updates to kick-off squads throughout the season.
- Will EA SPORTS VOLTA Football be included in the FIFA 20 Legacy Edition?
No, VOLTA Football is only available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
- Does the UEFA Champions League feature in the FIFA 20 Legacy Edition?
Yes, you will still be able to experience the authenticity & atmosphere of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League.
- Can I play on the go?
Yes, you can play in Docked, Handheld, and Tabletop modes, as well as via Local Multiplayer Connection.
- Can I use Split Joy-Con?
Yes, FIFA 20 Legacy Edition includes support for Joy-Con in Handheld, Dual, and Single mode, in addition to support for Pro Controller configuration.
- How can I pre-order the FIFA 20 Legacy Edition on Nintendo Switch?
You can pre-order the FIFA 20 Legacy Edition on Nintendo Switch via your preferred retailer, both digitally and in-store.
- How much will the FIFA 20 Legacy Edition cost?
Pricing varies by country, however, Legacy Editions are generally sold at a lower price.