During the reveal of its all-new Switch console, Nintendo revealed a list of development partners for the system. A question remains: How much support will those developers provide to the system, given its hybrid portable/console configuration and the potential power gulf between the Switch and the Triumvirate (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC)?
In a talk at the UBS Global Technology Conference in San Francisco, Electronic Arts chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen gave some hints about the publisher's Switch support. He explained that EA will be launching "a game or two" for Nintendo's next console.
"We haven't yet announced what game, but you should assume that it's one of our bigger games," Jorgensen said, according to reporting by GameSpot. "We're excited for Nintendo."
Jorgensen was cautious on the broad appeal of the Nintendo Switch, meaning it's likely that EA has the same reservations.
"It's an interesting device. But I can't yet predict how broad it's going to be," he said. "Will people be interested in a portable device alongside their regular portable device that they have today?"
I'd expect that Electronic Arts' support of the Nintendo Switch will be based on early sales. This company does not seem as outwardly enthusiastic as they did when it came to Wii U support. At the E3 2011 announcement of the Wii U, former EA CEO John Riccitiello promised a strong publishing relationship.
"This a breakthrough in our relationship based on a breakthrough in games development," he said at the time. "We look forward to seeing great EA content on this innovative new platform. Nintendo's next console is truly transformational, a better platform than we've ever been offered by them before."
EA did support the Wii U with Mass Effect 3, Madden NFL 13, FIFA 13, and Need for Speed: Most Wanted. A year after the launch of Nintendo's console, EA said that it had no further games in development for the system.
The first game that EA will port is likely FIFA. That remains one of the larger EA Sports games and FIFA tends to have broader support than most of EA's titles. This year's entry, FIFA 17, launched on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. FIFA 16 included those platforms alongside iOS and Android.
Outside of that, Madden is another likely option. There's been no word on whether EA's internal Frostbite engine will have switch support, as it was missing from the list of technology partners.