When the Nintendo Switch was first revealed, Nintendo made sure to show fans that it had support from many of the biggest 3rd party developers in the video game industry, one of the biggest ones was EA, aka Electronic Arts, who produces many big name titles across numerous genres. During the Switch reveal event, EA made a special appearance in Japan and noted that FIFA would be coming to the Switch as well as other titles down the line. Now, with the Switch selling millions, and its titles doing rather well, EA has reiterated their commitment to the system.
This comes from one of the heads of EA, Andrew Wilson, who stated at financial call (which got posted on Reddit) that they are pleased with how the Switch is doing, and what that will mean for the future of Nintendo/EA collaboration:
“We have a tremendous relationship with Nintendo and have done for many, many years and are excited by the fact that they have come out very strong and are bringing in a whole new player base into the ecosystem.”
They aren’t wrong in saying that line about the ecosystem, as the Switch brings a whole new meaning to local multiplayer for consoles. The console is reaching out to both hardcore and casual players, especially those who would rather play games in places other than their house.
Outside of that, Wilson also noted that the success of the Switch is motivating them to try and bring more EA titles to the console:
“We continue to be bullish on it and are looking at other titles that we might bring to the Switch.”
The obvious answer would be their sports games like Madden, which would be a potentially great fit if done right on the console. Of course, there are many other franchises in the EA roster that could also work, it would just take a commitment from both sides to make it work.
With E3 only a few weeks away, it’ll be interesting to see if they make an appearance as part of Nintendo’s presentation.