EA Sports has today announced FIFA 18, with Cristiano Ronaldo as the cover star. A separate version of the game named the “Ronaldo Edition” has also been announced.
However, if you look real close at the last screen of the trailer you will notice that they’ve inserted a little disclaimer that states: “Frostbite Game Engine Technology and The Journey: Hunter Returns Mode are available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC platform versions only. Not all features available on all platforms.” What’s more, the Ronaldo Edition will also apparently give benefits to the PS4, Xbox One and PC platforms only. This essentially means that the Nintendo Switch version of FIFA 18 will be FIFA 16 with a squad update, as it’s also missing features present in FIFA 17.
So, what we’re gonna have here is yet another case of
EA third parties gimping games on Nintendo systems, while still possibly charging full price for it, then blaming everyone but themselves if their games do not sell on Nintendo systems and using it as an excuse to pull support. This is rich that EA is doing this if the rumour about them holding their games ransom to Nintendo is to be believed. And don’t give me that BS that the Switch can’t handle Frostbite. Regarding the Wii U, you yourselves said “making Frostbite 3 work on [it] is not impossible. Where there are gamers, we’ll be there as well. This is the true meaning of “omnidirectional”.” The gamers are there, as the Switch is selling rather well. The console is selling and the hardware is capable – why aren’t you putting your best foot forward?
FIFA 18 launches for Switch on September 29th, 2017
*Edit* – At the time of writing, there isn’t even an option to pre-order the Switch version on the official EA Sports website…