So, when the Nintendo Switch reveal event was done, one of the biggest shows of support was from EA, who shared that FIFA would come to the Switch later in the year. Well, we’re fast approaching its launch, but recent details made many wonder how the Switch version would compare to others like the Xbox One and PS4. Well during their EA Play event, they unveiled just that, and it seems like this won’t be a simple port, nor will it be an exact mirror.
First and foremost, it should be noted that FIFA 18 for Nintendo Switch will not have “The Journey” mode, which has been a part of the last version of the title and is returning for this one. Also, the Switch version was not built via the Frostbite Engine. Whether that engine was too powerful for the Switch, or there was another reason for this was not made clear.
However, that doesn’t mean that this version is being cut down. EA revealed that the Nintendo Switch version will contain Ultimate Team, which will also allow you to build your own squads, as well as take on special challenges. Also, there will be both online and offline seasons for you to play on, and there will even be local seasons that you can with another Switch console user.
Add to that, there will be a Career Mode in the Switch version, you’ll get to play in the Women’s International Cup, there will be skill challenges, there will online tournaments, and, there will be a special Kick-Off Mode which EA is tailoring to the Switch.
Naturally, the Switch itself will add some special features to the game, not the least of which is taking the game on the go to play and battle against friends. And EA has also said that you can play the entire game with just one Joy-Con if you want, boosting the power of Local Multiplayer.
So, while this isn’t a perfect recreation, it’s clear EA is making good on their promise to bring a quality FIFA title to the Switch. FIFA 18 will release September 29th.