In a recent feature over on EuroGamer, their team had the chance to catch up with EA Bucharest’s Andrei Lăzărescu regarding the future release of FIFA 18 onto the Nintendo Switch. This will be the first of the recent series to be launched on a Nintendo console, and with this, it looks like EA are taking some caution before committing to a fully fledged version of the game on this platform.
Two modes within FUT Squad Battles and FUT Champions will be missing within the Switch version, which Lăzărescu advised that this won’t be included so that players are not overwhelmed.
“If you look at the history of Ultimate Team on the likes of Sony or Microsoft – I think it’s a seven year history if I recall correctly – that player base has also been accustomed to it already, and has been educated about it already, you know, so if you throw everything from the get go to a completely new player base, you might not get the desired result… even this [as it is] might be too much, it’s huge.”
When questioned further on the reasoning for certain features being absent from the Switch version Lăzărescu said, “I see it as being more social,” and added “casual represents different things to different people.” In addition to this, he advised, “I look at them as two different games, two different worlds, that I think we should take for what they are, and keep in mind that we should not try to force people onto certain things just because it works on a certain platform.”
This may be EA’s way of testing the water, with it being the first game in the series to launch to a Nintendo player base. It could be that more features would be included in the next iteration if it is confirmed for release on the Switch in the future.