The CFO of Electronic Arts, Blake Jorgensen, has suggested that the publisher will bring at least one major title to the Switch.
When speaking today at the UBS Global Technology Conference in San Francisco, Jorgensen said that the company was planning to bring “a game or two” to the console. EA joins Capcom, which has also thrown its cap in the ring to bring a game to the Switch, in the list of third-party providers which have publicly announced their intentions.
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The first game EA delivers will be a port of one of its existing games. “We haven’t yet announced what game, but you should assume that it’s one of our bigger games,” said Jorgensen. “We’re excited for Nintendo.”
Excited? Possibly. However, EA isn’t enthused enough to develop a completely new third-party title for the device. Jorgensen also expressed a pragmatic view of the platform’s future. “It’s an interesting device,” he said. “But I can’t yet predict how broad it’s going to be. Will people be interested in a portable device alongside their regular portable device that they have today?”
EA is likely waiting to gauge the sales strength of the Nintendo Switch before diverting more resources from profitable PC / PS4 / Xbox One multi-platform projects. The Wii U has only sold 13 million units in its lifetime, and publishers will be looking to see if the Switch sells in greater numbers.
What the first game will be we’re unsure, but EA will probably want to be as risk-averse as possible in its choice. FIFA 17, Battlefield 1 and SW Battlefront all make sense.