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EA asked why FIFA 18’s Switch version doesn’t let you play with online with friends, doesn’t have much to say

Posted on October 5, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

As things stand now, the Switch version of FIFA 18 has a notable omission. The game currently lacks a way of connecting with friends online. If you’re hoping to challenge a buddy through the internet, the only hope you have is by some matchmaking miracle.

Unfortunately, EA isn’t saying much about the situation. When Eurogamer asked why FIFA 18 has no support for online friend battles, the company merely stated:

“FIFA 18 on Switch offers Local Seasons allowing friends to play against each other across two consoles in close proximity to one another, and we encourage those looking to compete online to take advantage of online modes on Switch including FIFA Ultimate Team, Online Seasons, and Online Tournaments.”

So that’s that. If you want to play against a friend in FIFA 18 on Switch, your best bet is doing so locally.


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  • Aline Piroutek

    “It’s is better than nothing. Play our 60fps game.”

    • YamiryuuZero

      “And here we go…”

      • amak11

        Queues up Bomb-omb Battlefield music

  • Ektoras Kalderis

    I didn’t buy Fifa. So what am i missing? Game of the century?

    • Aline Piroutek

      You’re missing out the best FIFA game of the year

    • YamiryuuZero

      I’ve never bought any FIFA game in my entire life. Never regretted it.
      Now they’re just making it even easier to not play their games.

      • jimmy

        What’s a FIFA? Some sort of Mexican food?

  • Mark

    I thought that EA was phoning it in when Mr. “My Son’s Name Is Luigi” gave his impassioned presentation last January. I’m not expecting FIFA 18 to be amazing for Switch or even on the same level. But everything we’ve seen just seems to support the theory that they’re just going through the motions. If this weird issue of super-low sales numbers in Europe combined with selling out is any indication, they seem to have lost faith in the system probably several months before learning what an NX is.

    My hope is that Ubisoft, Bethesda, Square Enix, Rockstar, Konami, and the rest make it clear that you CAN do extremely well with Nintendo; you just have to actually try.

    • Tlink7

      Squeenix doesn’t deserve to be in that list imo… their big franchises are all absent. Ubisoft, Bethesda, Rockstar and Konami are offering great support though 😀

      • Mark

        Squeenix absolutely deserves it; they’re making a completely new exclusive title, plus they’re bringing over Lost Sphear and are trying to figure out how to bring over their AAA titles as well, like the new Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. They were there in the very beginning supporting with I Am Setsuna.

        Square Enix very often supports Nintendo with exclusives that no one else gets. Don’t be upset just because they haven’t yet brought over the massive games they’ve been working on for years, designed for processors with more under the hood than Switch has. It takes time, and SE has proven that they’re invested.

        • Tlink7

          I’m not mad, I’m just saying Squeenix isn’t supporting like the others are. All they have so far is low-risk, low-budget titles. It doesn’t take years to figure out whether or not you can port something… meanwhile we have Bethesda with Wolfenstein and DOOM.

          I’m glad you like what Squeenix is offering on the Switch, but I’m sure I’m not alone with the notion that it would be nice to have their big franchises as well 😛 there are a million retro RPG’s already

          • Mark

            But as recently as August, they’ve confirmed they’re still making Dragon Quest XI for Switch, and they’ve said that they’re trying to work with their engines to make the console version of Final Fantasy XV also run for Switch. Compare that to Konami, who brought over a lackluster Bomberman and are kinda-sorta thinking maybe Castlevania someday. And if Bethesda gets a gold star for bringing Wolfenstein and Doom to Switch far later than they came to X1 and P4, then why does Square Enix get condemnation for doing the same? And why does Konami get a pass for not doing anything at all? Is there a particular SE game that you want which isn’t coming to Switch? I know that the Nier developers said they were interested in a Switch port; that’s a Platinum/SE game, too.

            I’m of the opinion that the most interesting title that Square’s done in years was Bravely Default, which was a Nintendo exclusive. SE is interesting; for them, big budget doesn’t necessarily mean groundbreaking or amazing. In fact, they seem a bit more likely to try to appeal to the widest possible demographic. Considering what we’ve already seen and played on Octopath, they are one of the developers I’m most excited for in the upcoming year.

          • Tlink7

            Isn’t Konami also bringing Resident Evil? Or is that a different publisher? Squeenix gets more flak because it can’t even say ”yes it is coming” and of course due to taking a lot more time 😛 I thought Konami wasn’t the best supporter of Nintendo’s new console (one of the worst even) until they mentioned that Revelations 1+2 port.

            Nice to hear you liked BD, perhaps we will get a Switch sequel? I don’t mean to say games like Octopath are bad, but it just slightly annoys me we are getting that but no word of the franchises I mentioned xD hope Octopath is good though!

          • Mark

            That’s Capcom, actually – though I get the two mixed up all the time, to be honest. And I have a little more respect for SE’s “we’re trying to find out IF it’s coming” with Final Fantasy than their “It’s coming… someday…” approach with Dragon Quest. It’s their same approach with Final Fantasy VII on the PS4. Someday, maybe, we’ll get that game. In episodic chunks, of course, but someday we’ll get it.

            A Bravely Third or something would be amazing, which is part of why I’m liking Octopath so much – battle mechanics seem similar, and the ambiance of the world reminds me a bit of Luxendarc. Of course, I’m still holding out for the third game of the Chrono series, so we’ll see if that ever comes out. 🙂

          • jimmy

            In SquEnix defence the they bring their A-game to whatever project they’re working on

          • R.Z.

            With all the Dragon Quest games (Heroes 1+2, Builders 1 then 2; X and Xi) Square-Enix is doing better than Bethesda so far in my opinion, especially when peppered with the Square efforts.

          • Tlink7

            When are those DQ games arriving? Bethesda is releasing three big games (admittedly one of them is Skyrim xD) this year and all of them are a bit of a gamble and require effort, which is why I think that the company is supporting the Switch better than Squeenix right now

          • R.Z.

            DQH 1+2 was out at launch, DQX comes in a few weeks if I’m not mistaken, so that’s already two more games than Bethesda. Take the Square side into account with I am Setsuna and the Seiken Densetsu collection and Bethesda can go hide.
            Of course that’s if you’re in Japan, pretty sure you knew anyway.

            On our side there’s still I am Setsuna though, so Squix 1-Bethesda 0 so far …

          • Tlink7

            I stand corrected. Go Squix! ….squix… switch… give us all the games 😀

        • I kind of agree, but I wouldn’t give SE a lot of credit. So far, their support is present, but they’re kind of slick about it. DQH (1+2) had problems on each console. Both their Switch and Vita ports were terrible though. It’s great that XI is coming though (and I think it’s Nintendo urging them to be quiet).

          Aside from that, we have Setsuna, Lost Sphear and Octopath. Setsuna and Lost Sphear are, frankly, not that special. They were nostalgia baiting and still didn’t let whoever ported put maximum effort into the Switch version. Octopath is at least an Asano project, but the pattern I’m seeing here is that Enix is supporting the Switch, and Square gets to tag along for credit. DQ and Asano are both Enix, and it’s not like Square is lacking of other titles to try and port. Where are Dissidia, XII ZA and WoFF? Why let Tabata play these back and forth games with Switch owners? Square is throwing us scraps and not bothering with their bigger stuff, and Enix is the one delivering so far.

          I think Enix can be included in the list, but as a whole or just Square? Not at all. Konami could also give us more than Bomberman, but free, continuous updates are pretty amazing.

      • R.Z.

        Cut off the Square part, pretend you’re in Japan and it’s one of the strongest third party supporters …

        • Tlink7

          I’m not in Japan though and neither is most of the world 😛

  • Illustrathor

    Translation: “we are lazy af and only put as much afford into it as necessary”
    But hey, pretty much what everyone was expecting from EA

  • Snackster1001

    EA pisses me off so much. How do companies like 2k and bethesda make it possible to run games that are graphically and content-wise more impressive than ANY FIFA title, yet they can’t even bother to add an online mode themselves. This is garbage and as one of the few who actually wants sports titles on the switch, I’m better off spending my money on 2k’s titles. I’m done with your BS EA, either do something right or don’t do it at all.

    • hi v3.0

      Exactly and especially now that Doom is coming to Switch, EA got no excuses at all.

  • Cesar Miyamoto

    When games like Bomberman, Blaster Master Zero , NBA playgrounds, Shovel Knitgh and others keep adding stuff and updating with new features i feel angry at EA being the big studio they are, theres no excuse for not releasing basic features like these.

    • Advance*

      I wouldn’t include NBA Playgrounds in that list. Everybody was pissed at the developers for lagging behind on the Switch updates.

  • ben

    Good.Nintendo need to sort out friend stuff. It is not the job of the game makers it should be part of the OS!

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