EA and Nintendo have had a rather odd relationship within the past few years. While the two companies do have a steady partnership, it’s obvious that EA is doing far less on Switch than most other large publishers. Only a tiny handful of games have come to the platform, and three of those are FIFA titles of varying quality. Thus, Switch owners have gotten rather used to not expecting much from EA. What does the future hold? It looks like there is some interest.
Blake Jorgensen, the COO and CFO at Electronic Arts, had a lot of good things to say about the Switch during a recent company earnings call. He acknowledges that platform’s popularity, saying that EA “really loves” what Nintendo has been able to do. He also states that EA and Nintendo have regular discussions. The real standout from his entire statement is that he teased that EA has some announcements for Switch in the future. Here’s the full statement:
”We are very pleased with how well Nintendo has done with Switch. I mean, people love the platform, they enjoy it, it’s great.
We are always looking and discussing with Nintendo what else we can put on the platform and as you can imagine, as the platform grows, our interest in adding content grows for that platform.
But we’re also conscious of the fact that the top-selling titles by a long shot are all Nintendo software, which is fabulous software, but it helps us balance sort of the realities of how big our markets can be there, but trust that we’re looking at that.
You will hear some more things in the future about what we’re putting on the platform, and we’re very pleased with how it’s grown alongside the growth of both Sony’s and Microsoft‘s platforms.”
While it is nice to see an EA exec being so positive about the Switch, it’s still rather odd considering that the company seems to have had a half-hearted approach with the system ever since it launched. EA got its Switch ball rolling with FIFA 18 , the first entry in the series on a Nintendo platform in several years. It guaged the game’s sales performance to determine what future support would end up being.
Although FIFA on Switch started off well enough, last year’s release, FIFA 20, already seemed to prove that EA was no longer willing to treat the Switch version with the same seriousness as the others. That’s because FIFA 20 was a “Legacy Edition”, which is just a reskin of the previous entry that includes updated rosters. It’s unclear if FIFA 21 will come to Switch and if it will end up in the same position.
Ultimately, EA’s minimal efforts on Switch have not stinted the system’s growth. So, come what may, the Switch will continue to carry on regardless of how much future content EA actually ends up providing.