Electronic Arts admits they were ‘puzzled’ by Nintendo Switch at first
Electronic Arts VP Patrick Soderlund told EDGE recently that he didn’t “get” the Nintendo Switch and its hybrid console concept until just recently. This explains a lot of why EA (and many other publishers) have been caught flat footed by the Switch which has been an even bigger success than anyone could have predicted.
Soderlund said this:
It’s doing really well, which I love. But I’ll be honest, when they first showed it to me years ago, I didn’t get the concept, I was puzzled by it. But then I was like, it’s Nintendo. They probably understand something that I don’t [laughs]. They usually do. I have a four-year old son and it’s like it’s connected to him. He will use it as a portable machine, he will plug it into the TV, but more importantly, he uses it like, ‘Do you want to play with me?’ Then he takes off the Joy-Con and we play Mario Kart together. He’s using it as intended, which just tells me that it’s working right. I think it’s a pretty special machine because it’s not just more of the same. I looked at it and thought, why would you play on that instead of this? But now it’s crystal clear to me why. That’s the Switch.
EA has really dropped the ball with the Switch. FIFA 18 is the biggest title coming to the system and they could have ported so many other games to it.
Ubisoft has already reworked their major game engine, Snowdrop, to run on the Switch. Capcom has been caught off guard too but is at least trying to rectify the situation with Resident Evil Revelations 1+2 and Monster Hunter XX.
Hopefully EA gives the Switch a real chance because it would be disappointing to rule the system out based on FIFA 18 alone.