Electronic Arts games and the Switch still haven't clicked. Many of the publisher's big games aren't coming to the Nintendo handheld, or are getting lesser versions. As EA boss Andrew Wilson says, it's because people aren't playing these games on the Switch to start.
In a quarterly financial call yesterday, Wilson responded to a question about whether The Sims might ever come to the Switch (heaven willing it does). Wilson says EA evaluates platforms for a few things when it's looking at bringing over games, and one of the variables the publisher considers is whether players would opt to play it on that platform versus another.
"We have a lot of data that would suggest that a great many Switch owners also own a PlayStation 4 or an Xbox One, or a PC, and very often choose to play the games that we make on those platforms even though they have a Switch and they enjoy a lot of great content on the Switch," Wilson says.
A lot of EA's notable games, like Apex Legends or Anthem, are conspicuously absent from the Nintendo Switch, alongside sports games which either don't make the cut or-in the case of FIFA 20-get a stripped-down "legacy edition" that misses out on all the cool new features like Volta.
That feels a bit like a self-fulfilling prophecy, because you'd imagine a Sims on Switch would be a barnburner. But Electronic Arts set its tone on the Nintendo Switch early; even in 2016, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen said the publisher would be launching "a game or two" on the Switch.
"It's an interesting device. But I can't yet predict how broad it's going to be," Jorgensen said at the time. "Will people be interested in a portable device alongside their regular portable device that they have today?"