E3 2017 - Electronic Arts has officially confirmed the modes coming to the Nintendo Switch version of FIFA 18.
FIFA Ultimate Team, EA's biggest bread-winner microtransaction mode, is coming to FIFA 18 on Nintendo Switch. However, as we reported days ago, the port isn't powered by EA's Frostbite engine and won't have the Hunter Returns story mode.
The following modes will be available on FIFA 18's Switch version: FIFA Ultimate Team, Career Mode, Kick Off, and Local Seasons. "Ultimate Team fans will get to participate in beloved features like Squad Building Challenges, Online and Offline Seasons, Tournaments, and Draft. Players will enjoy live campaigns connected to the narrative of the football season, the Transfer Market, and more Ultimate Team features that will be revealed very soon," EA affirmed.
"FIFA 18 on Nintendo Switch is the best FIFA you can take with you anywhere, play anytime and with anyone," said Producer, Andrei Lăzărescu. "We're delivering the immersive and authentic experience that fans expect from FIFA, while leveraging innovative ways to play both at home and on the go with Nintendo Switch."
EA adding in Ultimate Team support to FIFA 18 on Switch is a huge maneuver that shows that the publisher is confident in the platform. One could argue that a FIFA game without Ultimate Team wouldn't really be a FIFA game, especially since EA earns so much cash from the mode. Since the Switch can be played entirely offline on-the-go, I was curious if the publisher would add in Ultimate Team or not, and it's great to see that they did: the Switch, after all, can be played online on-the-go and at home via a Wi-Fi connection.
FIFA 18 will launch on the Nintendo Switch on September 29, 2017.
Here's more from the press release:
The game takes advantage of the console's unique portability, allowing players to enjoy the game in docked, handheld or tabletop mode, and utilizing local multiplayer connection for Local Seasons. Multiple control schemes are also featured, so whether you prefer to play handheld, dual Joy-Con™, single Joy-Con or Pro Controller, there's an option to fit your playstyle.
The game delivers the most technologically-advanced portable FIFA experience ever, outputting 1080p resolution when docked and 720p on handheld. Players are the most realistic they've ever been due to new Physically Based Player Rendering, and immersive, 3D environments that bring the pitch to life.
In addition to unique control and gameplay features, as well as a robust FIFA Ultimate Team, players can participate in Local Seasons across two Switch consoles, as well as Kick-Off mode, Career, Online Seasons, Tournaments, Women's International Cup and Skill Games.