EA Wants To "Fully Understand" FIFA 18 Switch Demand Before Offering More Games

EA Wants To "Fully Understand" FIFA 18 Switch Demand Before Offering More Games

The publisher wants to wait until the end of the Switch's first year to see how sales pan out.

EA might have been ready for the Nintendo Switch with a unique version of FIFA 18 for the platform, but apparently the partnership stops there for now. EA chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen told The Wall Street Journal that the publisher intends to wait until the Switch has been on the market a full year to judge the success of FIFA 18 on the platform. EA is trying "to fully understand what the demand is" for its games on Switch.

It's worth noting that FIFA 18 Switch did not factor into Electronic Arts recent financial earnings release. FIFA 18 on other consoles and mobile were mentioned in prepared remarks and an investor's Q&A session, but FIFA 18 Switch was nowhere to be found. It's likely the sales didn't make a major impact on the company's bottom line, especially since the profitable FIFA Ultimate Team mode didn't seem to gain traction on the Switch. EA is publishing another game for the Switch, the adventure game Fe, but it's not committed to using any more development resources on the platform.

The full extent of Western publisher support on the Switch remains to be seen. EA and Activision Blizzard both offered a single game on the platform with no further support. Ubisoft has released a few games for the Switch alongside other platforms, but most of its tentpole titles are missing on the system. Instead, the company is offering more family-friendly games like Just Dance and Rayman.

Given numbers from Nintendo itself the Switch has sold 7.63 million systems worldwide, with around 2.6 million in the United States, so perhaps Western publishers are waiting for that number to skew a bit higher before jumping onboard fully.

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Mike Williams

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M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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