EA CFO Blake Jorgensen reveals that the publisher is bringing one of its ‘bigger’ games to the Nintendo Switch, though it still has questions about the new console.
When the Nintendo Switch was announced, it was also revealed that the console would have full third-party support. Companies including Activision, Take-Two (the parent company of Rockstar Games), Konami, Bethesda and EA were all confirmed to support the console in some capacity. While the confirmation was great news for gamers concerned that the Switch would suffer from the Wii U’s same lack of third-party titles, the third-party support list didn’t come with a list of confirmed games, either.
At the UBS Global Technology Conference in San Francisco, fans got at least one step closer to a confirmed third-party Switch game. EA’s chief financial officer (CFO) Blake Jorgensen confirmed that EA to plans to release “a game or two” for the Switch and although “we haven’t yet announced what game, but you should assume that it’s one of our bigger games.”
BioWare has already confirmed that Mass Effect: Andromeda isn’t planned for the Nintendo Switch, so that can safely be ruled out. Battlefield 1‘s sales have been impressive and that certainly classes as a ‘big’ game and with the Switch seemingly looking to attract a more mature audience (Skyrim featuring in the console’s announcement trailer is evidence of that), it wouldn’t be totally out of place.
Star Wars Battlefront sold 12 million copies and that too is seen as a big game. Granted, with Star Wars Battlefront 2 landing later in 2017 and with the Switch releasing early 2017, it would have to be a launch title if EA ported it, but even so it could still prove to be a system seller.
While EA’s vow to bring a big game to the Switch is a remarkable show of confidence for the upcoming console, especially considering that the company dropped Wii U support just a year after it launched, Jorgensen also admitted that there are still question surrounding the new hardware. Jorgensen said that “it’s an interesting device. 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?”
Jorgensen isn’t the only one posing questions like that, with investor concerns leading Nintendo’s stock to drop following the Switch reveal. Nintendo does have a big Switch event planned for the new year though, so perhaps some more system selling features will be revealed then and doubts like these can be put firmly to rest.