FIFA 18 release date is right around the corner, and EA has been letting the cat out of the bag slowly but surely since the beginning of the year. EA had announced early on during the year that FIFA 18, besides arriving on the regular platforms, would also be brought in for the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo’s Switch console has been the talk of the town ever since gamers got wind of the fact that the Japanese company was coming up with a new console.
The Switch has been a celebrated platform ever since it graced markets back in March this year owing to its hybrid nature, and with rival 2K already having announced that their NBA 2K18 would be coming on the Switch, it was only a matter of time that EA made a similar announcement.
However, all is not how it seems. At the time of the announcement itself, fans who were playing attention had started speculating that the Nintendo Switch version of FIFA 18 may not be the same as the other mainstream versions. And now new reports have surfaced to confirm those speculations.
EA has been hosting their own exclusive pre-E3 event in recent year, and the press release contains some telling clues about the Switch version of the game. To address the games that would be available to play at the event, EA listed two different FIFA titles- one called FIFA 18, while the other was called EA SPORTS FIFA on the Nintendo Switch. It is unclear if the latter is just a way to highlight the platform, or if we are actually getting two very different builds, with different engines powering the games.
In fact, some sources have analyzed the recently released trailer for FIFA 18 to notice that FIFA 18 for Nintendo Switch will not have the Journey Mode- one of the most celebrated features from last yaer’s entry that is being carried forth this year too. The other piece of information is that the Switch version will also be a relatively underpowered game when compared to the eighth-gen console versions.
However, with that said, a mainstream FIFA game on a portable platform has its own appeal, and perhaps the trading down will not hamper sales of the Switch version at all. FIFA 18 comes out on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows PC, and the Nintendo Switch on September 29.