EA is taking a cautious approach with the Nintendo Switch as is evident by them only developing one game for the platform, the next edition in the FIFA franchise. Speaking to Games Industry EA executive VP of global publishing Laura Miele said that the company is looking closely at the Nintendo Switch and how it performs and are thinking about how they could bring other franchises to the platform .
“FIFA is the largest game in the business, so the offering and expansive footprint FIFA has around the globe will help connect Switch hardware to gamers as well,” [EA executive VP of global publishing Laura] Miele said. “So I think it’s a strong mutual partnership with Nintendo. We love the mobility of the Switch and I think the content they’ve put out is really strong on it so far. We’re going to continue to watch how the hardware does. We are exploring other products. We are looking at other IP and what the technology connections need to be for that.”
“There are technical differences, yes, but I think most importantly there are player differences,” Miele said. “When you have a game you’re playing on the go, it’s a different interface, different experience, different features, and different flow I think, then it would be if you’re playing on the sticks in your living room on a TV. So that design consideration always has to be taking place for our players.
“We never want to do just a direct port of something; we want to have a meaningful experience on the hardware. So it’s tech and design and user flow that we’re considering as we’re looking at future titles.”