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?