Gaming publisher giant Electronic Arts are bringing a lot of new games along with FIFA 18 to Nintendo Switch. Worldwide Studios VP Patrick Soderlund said in a new interview that while he is personally excited about Nintendo as well as their product Nintendo Switch, it’s too soon to say whether or not EA will release more of its games or build new ones for the hybrid console.
If we listen to Nintendo Insider (via Nintendo Everything), Soderlund told the Edge Magazine, “I’m a gigantic Nintendo fanboy,” adding that he brings his Switch “everywhere”.
EA is taking a platform-agnostic approach, which is very common nowadays for most of the publishers. If there is a business opportunity, EA will bring its games to any platform it seems, including Switch.
“We will appear on any platform where there are consumers, and players,” he said. “We believe that we want to be a part of the Switch, and help Nintendo grow that installed base; that’s why you’ll see FIFA, which by the way is really good this year. It’s a full-fledged FIFA game, for the first time to be honest, on a portable device.”
In addition to that, Soderlund also mentions that EA has to consider a number of resources it puts into anything as part of running a business because “the numbers become a factor.”
The executive teased that EA might be bringing other games beyond FIFA 18 to Switch, and if these titles are successful, more could come later.
“So for us it’s about supporting the platform, building technology for the platform, testing it out with big things like FIFA–and maybe a couple of others, we’ll see–and if they go well, I see no reason why we shouldn’t have as much of our portfolio on that platform as possible. I hope we get there, that would be my personal ambition.”
After an E3 they featured a brand new Pokemon announcement, Metroid Prime 4 and Super Mario Odyssey gameplay, Nintendo told Switch owners to expect more surprises as the year goes on.
In fact, Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aimé told Waypoint that the Nintendo Switchcontent shown at E3 was just the tip of the iceberg.
“The response to what we’ve showcased, and it really is just a small tip for 2018, has been exceptionally positive,” he said.
“You’ve got fans seeing Metroid Prime 4, hearing that Mr. Tanabe, who’s been involved in all of the Metroid Prime games, is going to be at the helm of that, the fans are tremendously excited.
“To hear that there’s going to be a core Pokémon RPG experience on the Nintendo Switch, the fans are incredibly excited.
“To see a traditional Kirby experience, with him inhaling enemies and copying abilities, fans are excited about that. And then the Yoshi game that we showcased, with that unique, you know, motion to go behind-the-scenes, so to speak, have people really intrigued.
“So just by showcasing those four games, and giving a little bit of a taste, yeah there’s a lot of excitement to what 2018 can hold.”