One of EA's bigger games or game franchises will be making its way to the Nintendo Switch. This is according to Electronic Arts chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen, who made a rather curious statement during the UBS Global Technology Conference that kicked off yesterday. Here's what he had to say (via DualShockers): “In terms of Nintendo, in their announcement they announced that we’ll be supporting with a game or two on that new platform. We haven’t yet announced what game, but you should assume that it’s one of our bigger games we’ve been involved with.”
Well there's a good way to make headlines. Following the reveal of the Switch, Nintendo released this impressive graphic detailing all of the publishers that would be supporting the new home console. You'll notice EA is at the top of the list:
It's an impressive image, to be sure, but it was met with skepticism by the general gaming population. These lists are highly tentative, and don't necessarily reflect the scope of coverage and support we can expect post-launch. EA was rather quick to abandon the Wii U, after all. Jorgensen's comment is significant because it means that EA intends to put the weight of at least one of its most high-profile games behind the Switch. It also means that the Switch, though it be portable, is at least powerful enough to support a current-gen game that most likely runs using the Frostbite engine so favored by EA in most of its recent titles.
Many of you will no doubt be hoping to see Mass Effect: Andromeda on the Switch, but that's not something that I would count on. Not just yet. A few users on Twitter were tagging EA in posts asking about Andromeda following the reveal of the Switch. Producer Mike Gamble responded, simply, "PC, PS4, Neo, X1." When pressed further, Gamble said that he "can't speak for the future. Just the current plans."
Something like Fifa or Madden seems more likely, though I am hoping that we could possibly see Titanfall 2 on the Switch. Being able to play through that campaign would be a dream come true, and if Respawn can find a graphical configuration that plays well with Nintendo's hardware, we should see a no-compromises multiplayer mode as well.
As with every other significant Switch-related detail, we're likely going to have to wait until January to find out more. Nintendo will be hosting a very special event on January 12 to give us more details on the Switch and its games. In the days following that full-reveal, we should start hearing from EA and other publishers about which games we'll see on Nintendo's exciting new console. Stay tuned.