Nintendo’s had trouble keeping third-party publishers creating quality titles for their platforms. Ubisoft seems most willing to stick it out with Nintendo, but the titles they bring over are often of a lower caliber than the stuff they ship for PC, Xbox and PlayStation.
It’s big, then, that a third-party like EA is singing Nintendo’s praises when it comes to the Switch.
Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu spoke with EA Executive Vice President Patrick Söderlund about the Nintendo Switch after the reveal showcase. Here, via Nintendo Everything, is what he offered up:
I only spoke about FIFA today, but our company’s structure lets us release all sorts of games for every platform, so we’ll go wherever the gamers go. I think Nintendo Switch will put Nintendo at the forefront of the game industry once again. Their approach is quite different from anything they’ve done in the past – they’ve listened to EA, Activision, and other companies since the beginning of the Switch’s development, so we’ve been involved throughout the whole process. They teamed up with us because they wanted to guarantee the console would be successful. Doing business with Nintendo is very important for us… We’d like to bring more and more games over for everyone.
EA seems confident in the Switch
Clearly, Nintendo knows EA’s a big player in the gaming space. If they got EA to work with them on the Switch, then perhaps they’d stand a better chance of keeping them interested in the platform.
It seems, if Söderlund is sharing the genuine view of his company, that EA likes what’s going on with the Switch. That could be big moving forward.