EA holding fire on new Nintendo Switch games for now

Publisher EA is holding off developing any more games for the Nintendo Switch, despite the console’s significant success this year.

EA has said it needs to “fully understand” what the demand is for third-party Switch titles, regardless of the success the Switch version of EA’s FIFA 2018 has appeared to have enjoyed, according to The Wall Street Journal.

It could be expected that EA, as one of the largest game publishers in the world, would be very keen to push more games out to the Switch, which has been a rip-roaring success for Nintendo so far with titles like Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild winning awards for the Japanese games giant.

But EA appears to be waiting for the Switch to hit its first birthday to see if Nintendo can continue to build upon the appeal of its hybrid console, before it plans on releasing other titles to join FIFA 2018 in the fray.

Nintendo launched the Switch in March 2017 and since then has sold more than seven million units; comparatively, the Wii U only sold 13.56 million units after five years.

Furthermore, 27.48 million games for the console have been sold so far, which demonstrates that the Switch has had a lot of appeal and doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.

While EA might be treading carefully with the Switch for the time being, other publishers are not so tentative, with Fallout 4 and Skyrim developer and publisher Bethesda looking to bring some of its big titles like Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus to the Switch.

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