The day after EA Play Live, in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, EA's Chief Studios Officer Laura Miele spoke about how the third-party publisher wanted to make its games more widely available moving forward.
"We want players to be able to play our games where they want to, which is why we're bringing more games to more platforms including Stadia, Steam, Switch and Epic Game Store."
The Switch is obviously a big part of these plans - with EA noting how it would be bringing seven games to Nintendo's hybrid platform over the next 12 months during its annual presentation.
In recent times, the publishing giant has also returned to Valve's platform Steam, after dropping support for it in 2011 in favour of its own digital platform, Origin.
Part of its plan to expand is by making a "big push" on cross-play, to make titles like Apex Legends more accessible - with Miele explaining how playing games should be about connecting with others, regardless of platform, and that hardware is not necessarily a barrier nowadays.
"We're also making a big push on cross-play, because we know a fundamental motivation in playing games is about connecting with friends and family who may choose to play on a different console or platform. The ecosystem in which we are operating has changed for the better, and we want to be everywhere players are."
Miele also mentioned how EA was "listening" to its fans, citing the Skate 4 announcement as an example.
What EA series would you like to see show up on the Nintendo Switch in the future? Tell us down below.
Boy, oh, boy, I sure can't wait for FIFA 19 Deluxe Remastered Definitive Edition!
How about a proper FIFA
EA wants more money? I would never have guessed.
Actions speak louder than words, brand.
Do not disturb please... Switch is better without EA *****...
EA seems to be leaning big into cross-play; they mentioned it dozens of time during their event. I like the idea of more Switch games, of course, but if it's all just going to be legacy editions and old ports (at high prices), they might not make the money they crave and then end up blaming Switch owners for not buying their games. We'll see when Fifa 21 Legacy Edition comes out I guess.
Well we got "Burn out paradise" and finally they have put themselves on steam, not like I care I have Origin as well, but is good they are opening themselves up. So I know for a fact they will come to the switch, hell if Xbox doing it why not????Would love to see the new Need for Speed heat or even Battle field 4, now that be great. Also stop with the EA hate bandwagon that trend is dead, so grow up, they are a company no different than any others so give it a rest they do have some really good gems that obviously still have a huge following =:3
We like EA now? Asking for a friend.
@tanaka2687 doubt it, they already made several transitions especially onto steam and the prices seem great especially for older titles, is not like Burn out paradise was a full priced game on the switch. The only one I see been full priced would be Need for speed heat since it's still relatively new. But who knows , hope they don't go crazy on the switch and even if they start that way they will be force to lower them eventually =:3
@hitherehello ha, I don't think the hate was even real, every blog about an EA game where mature individuals where discussing said games you would only see a few " I hate EA, horrible company, don't buy, whaaa whaaaa whaaaa!!!" Is not like anyone has stop playing battlefield 4 , fifa or even Need for speed and now with going full on crossplay and opening up on steam, and now switch apparently, what's to hate???It's but a dying fad now. They not perfect but which company is??? I hear everyone is hating on Blizzard now so go at em, lol =XD
Switch has been on the market for over 3 years now and I still can count EA games available with one hand.
Bringing Fifa Legacy games are not supporting the platform in my view.
They had plenty of time to port their engine to the Switch and have not done it yet.
Also bringing Indie games under their umbrella are not EA 'games'.
When they start to bring games like Need for Speed, Star Wars, Battle Field etc then I'll say they are giving attention to the Switch.
Let’s sum up here; out of the 7 games, we already know 4:
What would the other 3 be? There are rumors on Mass effect..
EA the kinda company that waits until share prices tumble, then says "We've got a sure-fire winner here"
We shall see EA, we shall see....
Lot of EA articles lately... Are nintendolife after picking up another revenue stream?
@tourjeff Totally agree, but now that they are going full on cross play all around and seen them on steam with their huge library it seems that is exactly what they are doing. Do have my hopes up, love to play battlefield 4 on handheld, total dream come true, even though I have bought it on 3 different consoles now, lol =XD
@status-204 that's how reactionary articles get written.
EA is an enemy of game design. Not surprising they constantyl target Nintendo with their smear communication.
Proof is in the pudding EA. Minimal support for what seems like more than a decade now..
Mass Effect & Dragon Age on Switch .... Jade Empire, along with the sequel fans have wanted for years?
Keep m coming EA! Let please be A way out be one of them.
EA are lazy when it comes to the switch, they should just give their games to panic button, a company who knows what they are doing
SPORTS GAMES! SPORTS GAMES FOR MILES!!.......oh, and apex legends.
Come on EA pull your finger out. I’d be very tempted to get the most recent Star Wars, Mass Effect Trilogy and any of the sports sim provides they are full fat. Do you want more money or not?
As a huge football fan, Madden would be my top choice but I feel it’s very unlikely. Dragon Age & Mass Effect would be right at home on Switch tho. Also...some freaking Star Wars games!
@playstation_king I have huge respect for Panic Button and I wouldn’t want them wasting their time and talent on EA’s microtransaction-filled cash grabs. Panic Button deserve the best.
The only game I really want to see on switch is The Sims.
I feel like we’ve had this ‘EA bringing games to Switch’ type article several times already in the last week. I’ve hit maximum EA. Time to hose off and move on...
Translation: PS5 and XBX games are going to be expensive to make with low install baseS, so let’s subsidise them with porting some old games and charging full price for them on the Switch.
Nice, Cross-play should be a thing in EVERY online game from now on, imo.
By the way, thinking about those 3 games still to unveil, I bet they'll be The Sims, Mass Effect Trilogy and Plant vs Zombies. That'd be cool, although I´d rather change the first and the last for Dragon Age and Dead Space, but that´s nearly impossible XD
@beazlen1 Regarding Panic Button, hopefully we should het an update soon from them regarding the status of Doom Eternal for Switch.. It's now been out for 3 month's on other platforms... I'm hoping lockdown hasent pushed this right back, time will tell..
@dewokkel If it were Mass Effect, I'd stop complaining about EA for a good long time.
@Heavyarms55 yeah, that would be so awesome. I personally would love to see Mercenaries 2 and the Saboteur ported to Switch. They are both EA properties, but the developer doesn’t exist any more
As usual, I'm in the market for almost as many NFS games as they can dish out. Won't say no to the oft-cited stuff (Mass Effect, Dead Space, Dragon Age etc) either, although I'm not overly familiar with it. A ported or even expanded EA Replay would be neat, too.
7 games is a lot, that’s more than Sony and Microsoft has released total in 2 years.
The Sims 4
Hmmm... hard to be that optimistic about anything EA has to say about the Switch. 7 games are nice but will they be quality games? Or will it be just more FIFA nonsense?
No thanks, I'm not interested.
I'm waiting for the Remastered Digital Deluxe Definitive Collector's Edition!
@SortingHat Errrr.... what? Lol, I think you posted in the wrong article.
I wonder if they finally figured out that they can't just soley rely on live service games for profit? Or there just expanding their live services for maximum profits.
@dewokkel A lot of people hoping to get mass effect and dragon age collections.
But we might as well get some mobile games that no one knows...
@jsty3105 I genuinely hate your pfp. COD shaming has been dead since fortnite lol
PVZ, Skate, Mass Effect. I'd feel bad supporting EA but good games are good games.
I have more confidence in Big Foot’s existence than EA doing this right.
@Quix I'd be happy if they could bring Mass Effect, Dead Space Trilogies Remasters and others keeping them exclusive for the Switch for, I don't, 6 months to 1 year.
That would be a true support and would make players buy these games.
Now, if they want to release games months or years after they released it on the other platforms, then, forget about it people buying them.
I have no hope for any of these, but fallen order, battlefront 2, and squadrons.
I do hope the Burnout Paradise release is a reflection of the level of effort for their support going forward. No patch. All on the card. Plays fab! I haven't got a bad word to say about the game. (Pricing is of course relative to folk.)
I can see the criticism for handheld mode, but tbh, I'm not convinced it would be pleasant playing it even if it was a perfect replication of docked mode. I do wish they would remove so much screen clutter for handheld so it retains it's playability.
Whereas it's clear EA seem to be missing the prowess of bringing some of their current titles to Switch (for whatever reason), if they can bring other IP across in this manner, I'm in! (Yes EA, I'm in!*). Dead Space, Mass Effect, Plants Vs Zombie.
*They do make some great games...just handle them with such cynicism, it makes me vomit.
Switch made too much money to resist your share any longer, eh EA? Money talks, so the fickle publisher walks. Smh. Thanks for finally arriving.
I would love to play Mass Effect trilogy. I played ME3 on the Wii U and loved it. People forget EA supported the console at launch but of course everything went downhill from there.
If I could get Madden as well, I’m sold.
I don’t believe them. Even with these games announcements I don’t believe we will get a heavy hitter major AAA game. Part of the problem is frostbite not running on switch. It is what it is.
I’ll believe when I see it. I really hope they can start bringing star wars games over to switch.
The last time EA properly supported Nintendo was with GameCube and to a lesser extent the Wii (although with Wii you could tell they were not too interested, like the current Switch situation). I'll expect nothing so whatever they do release, at least it will be something.
@Qwertyninty that would be totally valid "if" any of their Dev teams could properly use Frostbite themselves it's all flash, no substance.
people expecting mass effect, sims or dragon age are gonna be disappointed oh boy. No chance EA releases any of that when they don't even release a proper fifa game.
I used to enjoy the Madden and PGA Tour Golf games on Megadrive and would love to play them on Switch but I'm worried that we'll just end up with games infested with micro transactions.
@MrGawain the most likely and best course of action for EA. They've had disastrous launches of New IP, their staple IP is getting long in the tooth, their best game was made with an engine they didn't own and the game didn't sell because of timing.
@Supadav03 I think at this point they will eventually produce a Madden. I mean, it seems to be the most requested whenever it comes up. It would not surprise me if there are 80 million Switches sold next year at this time.
@rockodoodle yeah, Madden may eventually come but i don’t expect it as part of the 12 games (or whatever) EA said were coming to Switch this year.
We got Fifa because they just ported over 360/PS3 version of the game with some updates. There isn't the option to do that with Madden right now and i don’t see them building a specific version from scratch for Switch.
Maybe but unlikely this will cause Nintendo to answer with hardware upgrades, I would be fine paying more than $300 to have a screen that can display like my iPhone if it means I get more Star Wars. Maybe if devs keep saying to them we want to bring this but you have to upgrade this.
Mass Effect Trilogy. All DLC included.
Crysis is already coming, but I'd also like the second one too.
Dragon Age series
Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2. Love that one.
Battlefield Bad Company 1 & 2
EA: We want to bring more games to the Switch.
Me: Cool, even the next Madden?
EA: Oh but not that.
Me: The Mirror's Edge games?
EA: What the--? Are you crazy?
Me: Can I just have SSX Tricky? Just port it. That or one of the Simpsons games.
EA: I hate Nintendo.
I’m a simple man. If EA wants to create more Switch games, the more the merrier I say. They’re also pretty good with sales so there’s always the possibility to pick up some of their stuff at a good price later.
I know FIFA on Switch isn’t much liked around here but I had a good time with ‘19 myself. I only buy a FIFA game once every 6-8 years so wouldn’t have been interested even if ‘21 was “new”. Can understand why others aren’t impressed but it’s still a decent football game and there isn’t exactly a lot of competition on the Switch in that genre.
I would say Burnout is also already a nice addition to the Switch library and another genre that’s light over here. Just needs a price drop which I’m sure is not too far off.
Unravel Two is great and can always be found at the top of the sales charts whenever it gets discounted to $5
@arrmixer EA barely supported the Wii U at launch. They basically sent ME3 out to die by announcing and releasing the trilogy out on other consoles before the Wii U release (like, why would you want a single game when you can get all three for the same price on another console or the PC?). I LOVED the ME3 features on the GamePad but would struggle to say it's better than getting all three games at one go.
It was very clear they were only testing the waters and while it's of course hard to say whether greater investment would lead to greater returns, the half-hearted approach definitely didn't help.
And as much as we'd love to have more companies show stronger support for the Wii U's launch, Nintendo didn't help themselves either with the business decisions they made in the lead up to the launch. That approach probably didn't inspire confidence in EA to change their 'investment position' on Nintendo's consoles.
If I really wanted to play the best and/or cheapest versions of what the likes of EA have to offer ... I would just buy a Xbox/PS/PC or lol Stadia. But I don’t really care about their output so much so I don’t. I do like having some of those experiences at least available to me and thankfully Switch is much better supported than previous Nintendo consoles.
Unless I see Madden 2021 on Gameboy I'm not impressed.
Like so many others here I ain't impressed yet. Turn those words into actions, and then we talk.
An good way to proof yourself is making the switch version of fifa cost less then ps4 and Xbox since we're getting half the game anyway
I have already given my wishlist several times every time EA says "we will have games for the current Nintendo console" and well, this time I will not repeat it
Garden Warfare 1&2 please, Hell port Battle for Neighborville as well. All three games are stellar, and I know the Nintendo fanbase will like them.
@SortingHat also in the "unfamiliar but would be more curious if they showed up" category.
I would love to see the Freestyle game to come back. I had it on the Gamecube and had almost everything unlocked. Would love to see it on the Switch.
@jsty3105 no arguments there but Nintendo was still on their “high horse” at the time from the Wii’s success so both parties have blame for their fail partnership.
I hate the legacy edition as much as the next guy, they said I still played 20 yesterday and I've played it more on with than on my Xbox. Being a dad portability trump graphics and engine.
But! If you want to do that for new commers fine, people like me that paid since 18 should get a DLC pack option..... I'll pay 20$ for updated roster and uniforms and someone that has never played could pick up the legacy 21 at 50$.
@arrmixer totally agree. Love the Wii U but there were so many mistakes made by Nintendo
Where do I sign the petition for Dead Space The Collection Remastered?
Time for EA to stop talking and show some action
Too little, too late.
@Supadav03 not sure how they will handle it given hardware and storage limitations. But I think even a gimped version would sell a ton. Sux that my two favorite games are not on the Switch- a proper/unique MK for the system and Madden.
Prove it. On July 11 when they announce EA UFC 4 it better be coming to the Switch too.
EA is full of crap! Let's be honest, it's been three years. The Switch has outsold the Xbox One. For every console generation since the original NES EA has coded their titles for a variety of console systems. It is suddenly in the current era where Xbox and Sony and PC are all x86 they can't be bothered to develop games for all consoles.
The truth is they don't care about the switch, the company put all their eggs into one PC style system and made everything in Frostbyte engine. They didn't bother to support the Nintendo Switch at all in the engine and as a result refuse to port over their games (because it's not as cheap).
Games like Battlefield 4 ran on Xbox 360, that could be ported over, but it won't be. Why because they don't think there is a market for it. Nintendo is for kiddie games like Spongebox Squarepants racing. Even now when the there is a massive global Switch marketshare they ignore it. And are only making noises about it because their shareholders (rightly so) are seeing huge missed opportunities.
EA is usually credited by being idots and the worst company, but in the case of snobbing Nintendo because the Wii U failed they are cutting off their own noses to spite their face.
Epic Games has shown that a solid games as a service with regular updates came make a ton of money on Switch and yet EA and Activision still treat the platform like it's a just for 8 year olds.
@FargusPelagius EA launched two FPS games in the same month (or same couple of months). Then the established brand Battlefield sold and people ignored Titanfall 2. And PS4 (the largest console base) players never had Titanfall 1 (xbox one exclusive) they didn't know what it was like. So did EA hype up a fast mech shooter from the creators of Modern Warfare 4??? No, because DICE is running EA and could give a ***** about Respawn (remember Respawn was only working with EA, not owned by EA).
So then Apex Legends came out and was a huge hit (not sure why) and Titanfall is left in the dust bin of history.
@SwitchplayerJohn despite being the better game. I am fully aware
Ehh I think the proof is in the pudding. If there’s an opportunity to make money, companies like EA will play ball. We’re starting to see more and more ports from the bigger 3rd parties which tells me they do now see an opportunity to make some extra revenue. The Switch is selling well , but the combined IB of PS/Xbox/PC is of course much larger and that is where their focus will remain
EA is a liar and cannot be trusted.
@GrandScribe I don't know about Big Foot, but Xel'lotath and Cthulhu are definitely real. There's no other explanation why humanity is collectively this insane.
@FargusPelagius possibly. Just I’m tired of big publisher keeping their big games off the system. We have seen and we know it’s modern enough it’s silly.
If the pricing policy for Burnout Paradise is indicative to the support they intend to give, they can shove that support where the sun doesn't shine.
switch doesnt need their support.
@Qwertyninty aye very true, Devs used to try and do wonders with any hardware. It is incredibly unfortunate that costs have become an obstacle to the more open minded "we can do anything" of the 90s. It was truly a golden age. Hopefully EA can make some money to warrant a better "keener" go at future Switch games. I'd love to see Titanfall in some form (360 version with rebuilt Titanfall 2 campaign?) on Switch. dead space too I'd like and the recent remaster of Command and conquer. Why it took so long for EA to bring C&C back is piss poor management for the past 8 years and I honestly think someone at the company is actually realising the gold mine of opportunity they have. Time will tell. I hope for the best but expect very little.
I just want the Mass Effect Trilogy 🤷🏽♂️
A new SSX game!!!!!!!
I’d like a proper update to fifa this year for starters.
@hitherehello EA is still hated, but they are slowly improving.
I hope Madden 21 is in there along with Dead Space Trilogy and Mass Effect Trilogy need Madden 21
I wouldn't mind a Mass Effect trilogy with all the add-on content included. Ports of Burnout 3 and Burnout Revenge wouldn't hurt either.
@Anti-Matter I legitimately want MySims, had great fun with that series during the Wii days
@Quix Your writing style is that of a temperamental and dismissive child, which customarily means I would simply Ignore you. (Ending questions with multiple questions marks does not make them sound stronger. Get it????) In case you and others are simply unaware of the reasons for people's hatred of EA and Blizzard, I'll provide some context.
EA has chewed up and spit out several beloved studios - I always think of Maxis first:
EA included casinos, and depictions of real gambling, in a game rated for young children:
EA... created Star Wars Battlefront II.
Blizzard kowtows to the Communist Party of China, the authoritarians who, among many other more serious attacks on human rights, monitor the length of time people play video games and even allow the use of facial recognition software on players as they play:
stop with the EA hate bandwagon that trend is dead, so grow up, they are a company no different than any others so give it a rest
Last time I checked, most of the publishers whose games I will touch - even those with enough backing to get their way, like Nintendo, Capcom, Rockstar, or hell, even Bethesda - don't engage in such BS. Something to think about.
I would like to see Prince of Persia myself! Or maybe another Unravel game! The second one was fabulous.
I do wish they would remove so much screen clutter for handheld so it retains it's playability.
@GrailUK Interesting. You might be the first person to express this sentiment in all the time I have been reading about the Switch. People would squawk, surely, that they weren't getting the same game in handheld, right? Even so, you might have a point that coders could ponder. Grid Autosport is customizable to the point of prioritizing framerate or graphical detail at the user's behest. Perhaps other racing games, or games requiring 60 FPS, should do this in order to hit the hybrid/handheld market more squarely.
A good Star Wars game. That’s all I want.
Surprise Surprise I’m not excited
I want a Sims game on Switch. I spent so, so many hours on The Urbz, The Sims & The Sims Bustin' Out on my Gamecube. Can't even imagine how much time I'd sink into a portable version! Even if they made a spinoff for Switch instead of porting 4 I'd be happy
Even PC is getting shafted for Fifa 21 so wouldn't hold hopes out for that.
Oh baby, can't wait to be expected to pay $60 for FUSE.
Not necessarily. Look at 2K just throwing down the hammer with Bioshock, Borderlands, and Xcom all on the same day back in May. @EmirParkreiner
Me too. I don’t care for the old one out now or the N64 one coming. @Sourcecode
@COVIDberry Yeah stop reading after the first sentence, not wasting my time with your whining, and someone like you would never ignore someone like me after I specially touched a nerve, apparently. Also this is more of a habit, problem??? ( "!!!" Exclamation points is what your thinking of if you knew English, And who's temperamental ??? It was more of a sarcastic statement,lol ....But yeah keep the rest of your crap with the rest of your loser side of the gaming community cause no one cares, we here talking about games we like not bitching about companies politics so get with program or get out=
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