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EA Are Rather Cautious About Releasing Games On Nintendo Switch

Do not expect any exclusives

When Sony and Microsoft announce a console then EA will be standing alongside them waving a flag with multiple franchises ready to go; The PS4 had Need For Speed, Madden, Battlefield and FIFA, for example. Not so Nintendo, as the reveal of the Switch console has produced a rather more muted response from the publishing giant.

“We’re excited for Nintendo, it’s an interesting device,” said EA CFO Blake Jorgensen, “But I can’t yet predict how broad it’s going to be, and [if people will] be interested in a portable device alongside their regular portable device that they have.”

In other words, most people are quite happy just carrying a smartphone for the odd bit of gaming on the go. Blake went on to indicate that EA are going to play it safe when the Switch launches with an existing franchise moving to the new console and, well, that seems to be it.

“In terms of Nintendo, in their announcement they announced that we’ll be supporting with a game or two on that new platform,” he said. “We haven’t yet announced what game, but you should assume that it’s one of our bigger games we’ve been involved with.”

So a whole one, possibly two, games that are already on Xbox One and PS4 will be on Switch. Not exactly a resounding vote of confidence is it?

Source: Gamasutra

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  1. blarty
    Since: Apr 2011

    It’s really not surprising though. Given the third party’s that lined up to support the WiiU only to find, yet again, Nintendo not really giving them the support they needed, it’s understandable that EA is cautious. For their last 2 consoles, third parties have had to create cut down versions of their games (remember Call of Duty on the Wii, or Mass Effect 3 with virtually no DLC on the WiiU).

    Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me; fool me three times? Not a chance.

    Comment posted on 16/11/2016 at 16:18.
  2. bunimomike
    Since: Jul 2009

    Exactly. It’s like going back to your ex and she’s promised to be a better person. Sure, you want to turn her on, flip a few buttons and jam a cartridge in her slot but ultimately is she going to be able to do all those fancy tricks the new, shiny females you’ve been eyeing up can do?

    Comment posted on 16/11/2016 at 16:23.
    • ron_mcphatty
      Since: Sep 2008

      But when she’s cheaper, of a beloved name and has lost a lot of weight to make her quite look new, portable and cute, why not give her slot a go? I think it’s worth taking a risk with her slot, just to see what happens, sure some of your friends will groan and say ‘Don’t bother, she’s a low spec failure!’, but others will see her charm and will clamour to throw their hard earnings at her whilst their affection grows and grows and finally explodes with happiness. I think her slot will be popular, best to get in there early.

      Comment posted on 16/11/2016 at 16:38.
      • Avenger
        Since: Oct 2012

        Best reply I’ve read in a while.

        Comment posted on 16/11/2016 at 17:15.
      • Tuffcub
        On the naughty step.
        Since: Dec 2008

        To the Naughty Step, both of you.

        Comment posted on 16/11/2016 at 17:29.
      • Sammy
        Since: Oct 2016

        You know, STDs are a thing, and they really stick around for a long time in some cases!

        Comment posted on 16/11/2016 at 21:06.
      • The Lone Steven
        Never heard of him.
        Since: May 2010

        Ah, classic TSA Comments! :D

        Erm…. Boner! Boner! BOOONER!


        I wanted to join in the fun. *slinks away*

        Comment posted on 16/11/2016 at 21:32.
  3. leeroye
    Since: May 2012

    “So a whole one, possibly two, games that are already on Xbox One and PS4 will be on Switch. Not exactly a resounding vote of confidence is it?”

    Cant really blame them for that, after the Wii U. Like the guy saidm no one really knows how this will perform, will people want to carry around another device other than a phone for mobile gaming. Its not exactly that portable either.

    Comment posted on 16/11/2016 at 16:31.
  4. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    I’m not surprised and don’t blame them to be honest. The Wii U had potential due to it’s tablet(And this is coming from a bloke that dislikes touchscreen gaming along with being uncomfortable with the idea of having two screens on two different things when a controller is simple and efficent.) controller but none of the big developers took advantage of it beyond the odd gimmicky stuff and the Wii U was trapped. Too underpowered for the current gen and whilst it had just a bit of an edge over the last generation, it was too early and too late.

    The switch, it’s an even bigger risk as it’s a tablet. The tablet market is very crowded and if(hopefully, Ninty have realised it can’t compete with the current consoles due to specs and it’s design could put off the console crowd. I mean, holding it seems uncomfortable but that’s just me and not wanting to hold stuff to game beyond the controller. The switch seems to be a something best used holding up and it could become uncomfortable due to the shape and point of view)

    They have already made a major mistake. Using the biggest games and not having them running in real time. Skyrim, NBA were two titles that were revealed to not actually be on it at this point in time. That alone has put some folks off it for misleading them.

    It is up to Ninty to win over the major publishers, EA, Activision(COD may be on it’s last legs but it is strong enough to still win over people), Ubisoft(Which, actually works for an Animus interface in the AC series imo), Konami(wait, i forgot, they are bastards thus ignore that), Bethesda and Square enix. If they can do that, they have a strong chance of avoiding a repeat of the Wii U where no developer really wanted to commit to it and just did ports before giving on the Wii U.

    Ninty needs to cut down on it’s reliance on Zelda and Mario. They are still able to shift consoles, yes but if that is the only stuff available, it won’t really help.

    Comment posted on 16/11/2016 at 17:16.

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