When EA announced a version of its popular FIFA franchise would be landing on Nintendo Switch, gamers were suspicious of the package they’d get. EA has a habit of delivering pared back experiences on Nintendo platforms, something that the Switch would likely suffer from also. And while this is the case in some respects, it seems the Switch version of FIFA 2018 will come packing a robust set of features.
The game will come packing a number of the series key features, including;
- Ultimate Team.
- Season Mode (Which can be played across two consoles at once).
- Career Mode
- Kickoff Mode
The biggest absence is the lack of Frostbite. This was something of a gimme given that the engine is hugely GPU intensive – probably murdering the Switch’s Nvidia Tegra before it had a chance. This means the Switch version won’t be winning any beauty contests – but did we honestly expect it to?
The other big missing feature is the lack of Journey mode. For those not in the know, this is the story mode where you take Alex Hunter from obscurity to football fame. I’m less bothered about this, if only because I found the first outing in FIFA 2017 very underwhelming. EA has promised that the latest one will be worth a revisit, but I’ll be fine with it not making the jump.
EA have said on the official EA FIFA website;
“FIFA 18 on Nintendo Switch is the best FIFA you can take with you anywhere, play anytime and with anyone,” said Producer, Andrei Lăzărescu. “We’re delivering the immersive and authentic experience that fans expect from FIFA, while leveraging innovative ways to play both at home and on the go with Nintendo Switch.”
Honestly, this is all fine. While it’s a shame that Frostbite won’t be used, it’s a compromise that’s worth it if the end result is a smooth gameplay experience. Given that the Switch has two controllers out the box, it means the game will be hugely accessible out the gate.
Will you be trying out FIFA 2018 on Nintendo Switch?