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FIFA on Switch is FIFA 18 after all, launches September 29

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

Update: This concerning note was found buried in the video:

It’s looking like FIFA 18 on Switch wasn’t made with the Frostbite engine, and at least one mode is missing. We’re hoping that EA hasn’t made a ton of compromises here. FIFA 18’s Switch version is likely more in line with the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions as opposed to PS4 and Xbox One.

Original: There’s been some uncertainty as to what FIFA on Switch actually is. EA seems to have finally settled on things, as a new announcement that just went out has the game down as “FIFA 18”.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid C.F. will be appearing as the global cover star of FIFA 18. We also have confirmation that it’s launching on September 29 worldwide.

We’ve included a trailer promoting Ronaldo as FIFA 18’s cover athlete below.

Note: before anyone gets confused, the video above isn’t where we’ve received the information. A press email delivered to us notes that FIFA 18 is “launching worldwide September 29, 2017 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 systems.”

Source: EA PR

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  • MrCafecito

    Wait really? Nowhere in EA’s site do they mention the Swit version of FIFA, just the XBone and PS4 ones

  • Vive

    We are still confused though: pre-orders are for PS4 and Xbox One only (also the trailer doesn’t even mention Xbox), and there is no mention of the Switch on their twitter account or the website.

  • Billy

    Weaksauce! (Re: the update about not using frostbite/missing mode). Go figure, it is EA after all.

  • Dolph Lundberg

    FIFA 18 is developed by EA Vancouver and EA Romania and will be available worldwide on September 29 for, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 systems*.

  • FutureFox

    This was speculated months ago.

    • Lindsey Stewart

      Only now they have lied about it…

      • FutureFox

        I think EA boss said earlier that FIFA 18 on Switch would be a customized build; or something to that effect.

        • Lindsey Stewart

          Still, no Journey or super football

          What modes will they put in now?

  • Lindsey Stewart

    Oh my God!! Can’t you do something without f***ing up?

    • Michael D

      Man, it’s almost like Nintendo runs on a different architecture than PC, XBox One, and PS4.

      • Lindsey Stewart

        Then explain the missing modes then and the source code confirming that FUT is not supported by the switch version?

        • Michael D

          I’m just talking about Frostbite. I have no idea about FUT. I do remember EA saying that The Journey is not possible on the old engine though. I don’t know why Frostbite isn’t on The Switch. My guess is that it takes time and money that EA doesn’t currently think is worth investing.

    • Tide

      We still don’t even know if Frostbite will run on Switch. Porting the engine, then the game, adding a handful of Switch features and having it all run smooth would be a lot especially since Developers haven’t had a lot of time with the Devkits. For FIFA 18, we were either going to get a much later release or a weaker version.



  • Gimped third-party support on a Nintendo system? Who would’ve guessed?

  • GoldenTriforce

    “It’s looking like FIFA 18 on Switch wasn’t made with the Frostbite engine”



  • Odali

    I prefer not to look at it negatively and wait and see until it’s revealed and tested. Graphic wise, hopefully it’ll be above the previous generation of consoles and closer to the current generation. As for gameplay, hopefully it’ll be just as good.

  • theFooFighter

    I hope 2k does really well and I hope FIFA crashes and burns like the Hindenburg

  • Michael C

    I don’t get why people are surprised…. don’t confuse 1st party success, with 3rd parties… who in whole don’t sell well on Nintendo systems.
    Let’s also not forget the weaker cpu, weaker gpu, and the low amount of ram….
    Switch is a powerful handheld…. shouldn’t expect it to match the two main systems with major big budget Games… sure it will with small games like lego and bomberman, but not big Games.

    • Ajin

      I think that sometimes they don’t even try.

    • theFooFighter

      Other companies have tried way harder and set the standard. If take 2 can give us the full version of 2k why can’t we get the full version of FIFA

    • Goma

      Wow, true words of wisdom, nobody said that before.

      • Lindsey Stewart

        You mean damage control

    • Eagle367

      You gotta be kidding me. If PS3 can run gtav and mgsv then switch can without any sort of problem run a damn FIFA game and even the big games you think it cannot run

  • Ajin

    the biggest problem here is that isn’t made on frostbite.

    • amak11

      After all that talk from DICE about how their engine is scalable lmao… They’re just too lazy to port it to Switch

      • Ajin

        yes and they expect to use the sales of this half baked version as a way to measure their success on the switch. Don’t expect more games after this one.

        I miss the good old days of the gamecube where we had the same sports games like the other platforms.

  • Tlink7

    Hilarious how many months it took to get an answer to such a simple question

  • nemo37

    Can’t say I did not expect this. It will still be decent to play this on the go, nevertheless. Being based on the PS3 and X360 version would still mean it should still be a significant update over the most recent portable console version for the Vita (which is my current go to version, and still fairly decent IMO) and a vast improvement over the awful smartphone versions.

  • awng781

    The important question is, will FIFA Ultimate Team be present in the Switch version??

  • Blanco8x8

    F**k EA, they’re not willing to support the Switch all the way. And anyone insisting that the Switch is not powerful enough is lying to themselves. I’d bet Nintendo could port a superior version of this game blindfolded and both hands tied behind their back.

  • Padre

    FIFA 17 had frostbite 3 on even PS3 and XBOX360.
    Switch can handle it, but there are probably other reasons, maybe its the changing resolution when handheld/docked and how the engine cannot handle it. Calm down people. 🙂

    • Yoshi Talks

      That’s a good point but here is the thing, they can also stick at 720p both docked and undocked
      But I can see it is very possible for the engine to fail hardware changes in seconds

    • JustAidah

      No, they just want to put in the least effort possible.

  • Leonel

    Well time to see this so called “Custom built” they said back at the presentation

  • ben

    I am not shocked at all.

  • awng781

    Interestingly, now that the boxart of the Switch version of FIFA 18 has leaked, it appears EA has yet to use the Legacy Edition moniker for the Switch version of FIFA 18 like with the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game. That means either 2 things:

    1) The Switch version of FIFA 18 is the Legacy Edition, and EA is simply lying
    2) The Switch version of FIFA 18 actually has some content not found in the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game

  • Randall Tolentino

    Zelda Breathe of the wild is pushing nintendo switch hardware while EA isn’t trying at all , This always happens with lazy Developers .

  • Petri

    I reckon Fifa for Switch will be cheaper then? No?? Move along then.

    Leaving out features for same price worked wonders with Wii U.

    • Adrian Brown

      This. I may consider it if all the content from the other versions are available on Switch. If not they cannot charge more than $40 for it.

  • Adrian Brown

    And they’ll say that 3rd party games don’t sell on Nintendo consoles…