EA Announces Details On FIFA 18 For Nintendo Switch
So far the only game EA has announced to support the Nintendo Switch is FIFA 18. It’s one of their biggest franchises in the world, so it’s no surprise to see this one make its way to the platform. For those that want to play soccer on the go, this could be the ultimate version of that sport ever created.
As is sometimes the case with third parties, EA has decided to keep some key elements out of the Switch version of the game. The biggest omission is The Journey 2 campaign mode. The first version was introduced last year and became fairly popular. For whatever reason, EA didn’t put the extra effort into this port so that will be missing. Luckily, that’s the only mode not present in the Switch version when compared to PS4 and Xbox One. The only other major difference will be that the Switch copy won’t run the Frostbite engine. EA promises the game still will look great with 720p in handheld and 1080p in docked mode.
Multiplatform players will have to decide if the portability factor is a good enough trade over the improved graphics and extra mode in the other systems. For the full press release and all of the modes included, read on:
Today, Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) revealed the first feature details of EA SPORTS™ FIFA 18 on the Nintendo Switch™ console. The game delivers an authentic and immersive football experience, allowing fans to play the world’s game anytime, anywhere.
This new edition brings the modes fans know and love, including FIFA Ultimate Team™, Career Mode, Kick Off and Local Seasons, making it the deepest portable game ever to be introduced by EA SPORTS FIFA. Ultimate Team fans will get to participate in beloved features like Squad Building Challenges, Online and Offline Seasons, Tournaments, and Draft. Players will enjoy live campaigns connected to the narrative of the football season, the Transfer Market, and more Ultimate Team features that will be revealed very soon.
“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.”
The game takes advantage of the console’s unique portability, allowing players to enjoy the game in docked, handheld or tabletop mode, and utilizing local multiplayer connection for Local Seasons. Multiple control schemes are also featured, so whether you prefer to play handheld, dual Joy-Con™, single Joy-Con or Pro Controller, there’s an option to fit your playstyle.
The game delivers the most technologically-advanced portable FIFA experience ever, outputting 1080p resolution when docked and 720p on handheld. Players are the most realistic they’ve ever been due to new Physically Based Player Rendering, and immersive, 3D environments that bring the pitch to life.
In addition to unique control and gameplay features, as well as a robust FIFA Ultimate Team, players can participate in Local Seasons across two Switch consoles, as well as Kick-Off mode, Career, Online Seasons, Tournaments, Women’s International Cup and Skill Games.
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FIFA 18 is developed by EA Vancouver and EA Romania and will be available worldwide on September 29 for Nintendo Switch.
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