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FIFA on the Switch Still Not Called FIFA 18

So what's the deal with FIFA on the Switch?

News by Matt Kim, .

EA's line-up of games EA Play attendees will be able to demo at their annual E3 adjacent event was published online today. With a few exceptions, a majority of the titles present at the event will be sports games like Madden and NBA, as well as FIFA 18. Additionally, attendees can play FIFA SPORTS for the Switch in a sign that the Nintendo entry of the FIFA franchise will differ greatly from the its counterparts.

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EA SPORTS FIFA was first announced back in February as part of the Nintendo Switch’s third-party line-up. Since then, sports game fans have puzzled over whether or not the Switch FIFA game will be a proper FIFA title on the new Nintendo console, or another B-League entry on a Nintendo console.

A widely circulated interview with then EA Competition Chief Peter Moore revealed that the Switch FIFA title will be FIFA 18, and that it will come out at the same time as the other FIFA 18 versions on Nintendo’s console rivals. And aside from the caveat that FIFA 18 will be custom-built for the Switch hardware, the game will be developed at EA Vancouver, the traditional dev team for the FIFA games.

Four months after the FIFA 18 name started becoming widely attached to the Switch FIFA game, it’s still being referred to vaguely by its placeholder name while FIFA 18 is reserved for separate console entries. USgamer reached out to EA for clarification, but were only told that this is the same game that was announced back in February, the same one Moore called FIFA 18, but still referred to as EA FIFA Sports.

Whether FIFA on the Switch will eventually be called 18 or not, the Switch version of the game will most likely offer a separate experience than one that will be found on either the PS4 or Xbox One. At an earnings call earlier this month, EA told investors that they were still “bullish” on the Switch, but offered no other announcements or clarification.

Other games at EA Play, which runs a fan festival from June 10th - 12th, will be Star Wars Battlefront 2, along with a host of other mobile Star Wars games developed by EA.

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  • Avatar for riderkicker #1 riderkicker 2 months ago
    Come to think of it, wasn't 2K supposed to release a Basketball game for the Switch? I mean the hottest game tonight is the Cavs vs the Celtics right?
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  • Avatar for Toelkki #2 Toelkki 2 months ago
    I *hope* the lack of year in the title would mean later roster updates etc. would be just annual DLC, but I doubt it.
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  • Avatar for BulkSlash #3 BulkSlash 2 months ago
    Judging from how things went on the Wii U they should probably call it FIFA The Only One We'll Release On The Switch Before Bailing edition.
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  • Avatar for WiIIyTheAntelope #4 WiIIyTheAntelope 2 months ago
    Because calling it FIFA: Legacy Edition straight out of the gate would be bad for sales.

    Which of course is exactly what it will be.

    And then they can go, "see, this port of a really old FIFA game sold less than 18 million copies, we're out!"
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  • Avatar for Captain-Gonru #5 Captain-Gonru 2 months ago
    For a person like me who only picks up a FIFA game every couple of years, I didn't mind that the Wii U entry was "just" an updated version of the previous year's game on other consoles. In fact, I've yet to hear any complaint about it that treats it as a game unto itself, rather than compare it to others released at the same time. Should it have been on par with the other versions released that year? Yeah, probably. But, when taken on its own merits, what is its flaw?
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  • Avatar for carlosblucas #6 carlosblucas 15 days ago
    They should simply call it as it is now because it will be better to stay in the same name rather than switching it because now someone other is developing the game. promotional factors will do their work and automatically users will get engaged. By the way am fan of madden and have never switched the game as am very satisfied with its all of 18 version. New mobile version of madden is also a great start. You can actually try some hacks for madden mobile game available on youtube because there are lots of information you can get about madden online than fifa because now people want more interesting gameplays and madden is the mine of interesting things.
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