E3 2017: FIFA 18 On Nintendo Switch Seen As A “Foundation” To Build Upon


It sounds like FIFA 18 on Nintendo Switch is only the start for the world’s game on the portable home console.

That has been implied by producer Andrei Lăzărescu, who described the custom built experience as “a really good foundation base for the future for us to build upon.”

Having been developed at EA Vancouver and EA Romania, FIFA 18 on Nintendo Switch will have the FIFA Ultimate Team, Career Mode, Kick Off and Local Seasons modes. With the Nintendo Switch version using a custom-built engine, it will not include The Journey story mode that traces fictional character Alex Hunter’s sporting career – as that has been powered by the Frostbite engine.

“As this was built almost from scratch, it sets a really good foundation base for the future for us to build upon. That’s what we’re excited for,” Lăzărescu explained to Eurogamer.

Asked what challenges they had in bringing FIFA 18 to Nintendo Switch, Lăzărescu added: “Every time you put a new game on a new platform for the first time, it’s not easy. There are technical challenges. There are design challenges.

“What we’ve ended up with, what we’re going to launch in September – it’s going to launch at the same time as all the other platforms – I have absolutely no worry saying we’ve built one of the best games you’ll be able to play on the Switch. Even putting aside graphics, even putting aside gameplay, it just feels right.”

FIFA 18 will release for Nintendo Switch worldwide on September 29th.

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