Electronic Arts has found that people are playing their games more on other platforms to justify not also bringing them to the Nintendo system.
As the Nintendo Switch continues to grow in popularity, more and more developers and publishers have been wanting to get their games on the platform. EA is notably one company that hasn’t felt much need to. During the almost two and half years that the platform has been on the market, EA has only brought four games over to the Switch. Two of those games are FIFA titles while the other two are games from smaller developers: Unravel Two and Fe. According to EAs first-quarter earnings call, it seems that will not be changing anytime soon.
According to IGN, an investor asked EA CEO Andrew Wilson during the earnings call if the company ever considered putting The Sims on Switch.
Wilson replied with the following:
“Any time we’re evaluating platform conversations we’re really looking at a couple of things. One, does the game really fit the profile of that platform in terms of the control or the community ecosystem? Two, do we think the community playing on that platform would appreciate the game and go there, or would they prefer to play it somewhere else?
We have a lot of data that would suggest a great many Switch owners also own a PlayStation 4 or an Xbox One or a PC and very often choose to play the games that we make on those platforms, even though they have a Switch and they enjoy a lot of great content on the Switch.”
To me, I could see both sides of the discussion. EA makes big AAA games and most people want to experience those games with high graphics and performance. There are also those that would love to take any and every game on the go with them with the Switch. Wilson did not explain what specific data the company is basing this information off of.
The FIFA franchise sells incredibly well and is the only game (as of now) that EA is bringing to Switch this year. FIFA 19 was the best selling game of last year in Europe. That being said the game lacks a lot of features on Switch that is available on the other platforms.
None of this means that EA will never put games outside of FIFA on Switch again though. It just seems that right now EA is invested in other platforms.
Maybe someday we will get Mass Effect on Switch, but it isn’t happening anytime soon.