EA had previously teased that they would be bringing one of their bigger franchises over to the Nintendo Switch, which earlier this year was revealed to be FIFA 18. For the most part many had assumed it would be the same FIFA 18 that EA had shown off for other platforms, but during E3 2017, it seems that Switch owners can expect something a little different.
For starters it seems that FIFA 18 for the Switch will not be powered by the Frostbite engine. In an interview with Eurogamer, EA’s Andrei Lazaresco confirmed that FIFA 18 for the Switch will be using a custom-built engine instead of Frostbite, which also means that atmospheric effects like a cheering crowd will not be part of FIFA 18 for the Switch.
According to Lazaresco, “When we first started looking at the platform and asked what are its unique features and what can it do, we decided to build a custom version of an engine. We felt the experience we were going to build would be the best by doing that, and leveraging what is unique about the platform.”
Now from what we can tell, the game does look different compared to the version for other platforms, but so far despite the somewhat flatter look, initial hands-on feedback has been largely positive, but it remains to be seen how the general public will react to it upon its release later this year. In the meantime you can check out the hands-on gameplay video above by Eurogamer if you want to get an idea of what to expect.