Last year before the Switch officially launched, Nintendo held a special event to detail various plans for the system. This included a lot of presentations from specific development companies. This includes Electronic Arts.
EA’s part of the presentation was interesting since it only brought one game to the table: FIFA 18. The Switch edition was interesting since it was built using a custom engine. This put it in an odd spot between the PS3/360 versions of the game and the PS4/Xbox One versions. Although it missed some new features that are in the current-gen versions, it was received fair review scores. It looks like the game performed well enough sales wise and critically for EA to give it another ago, as it has recently been confirmed that FIFA 19 will be coming to the Switch later this year.
The news was confirmed by Dream Team who recently spoke to Andrei Lazarescu, who is the Supervising Producer of the FIFA World Cup update that just came to FIFA 18. Lazarescu mentioned that FIFA 19 on Switch will once again use the custom-built engine from last year’s entry, although it will sport improved graphics this time around. One of the strongest features of FIFA 18 on Switch was that it runs at a full 1080p/60FPS in docked mode, and maintains the 60FPS performance even in handheld mode. So, it’ll be cool to see the improvements made with FIFA 19. No gameplay footage or screenshots have been shown off yet. But, we’ll probably get our first look when the game is fully revealed at E3 in two weeks.
Lazarescu also commented on the possibility of bringing the Frostbite engine to Switch later on. That’s the engine that powers a lot of EA’s games today, including FIFA 18/19 on PS4 and Xbox One. According to Lazarescu, there’s a chance, but the team decided against it this time around because it would require them to simplify the engine in order to be compatible with the Switch engine. Even so, he was hopeful for this new-and-improved version of the Switch hardware. He mentioned it will feature new things such as face paint and hats for the spectators in the crowd and also confirmed that “we’ll see more of that in the next years”. That comment seems to indicate that we should expect FIFA on Switch to continue for the foreseeable future.
EA still has yet to announce any other titles for the platform. Madden 19 was revealed a few days ago, but it’s coming to everything else but Switch. It will be interesting to see if the company brings anymore Switch titles to the table at this year’s E3, which is right around the corner.