A NEW UPDATE on EA’s LinkedIn page suggests that we could be seeing more of the publisher’s titles on the Nintendo Switch this year. Here’s what you need to know.

Switch Games News: Battlefield 5, Anthem and more coming to Nintendo Switch in 2019?

Switch Games News: Battlefield 5, Anthem and more coming to Nintendo Switch in 2019? (Pic: EA)

Nintendo Switch fans could be in with some good news in 2019.

So far, EA has been a small player on Nintendo’s hybrid home console/handheld hybrid: we’ve had a few EA Sports games (including a slipshod port of FIFA), but not a lot of other EA titles.

That could be about to change, though. One of EA’s key in-house engines, Frostbite, may be up and running on Switch, meaning we could get more ports of EA games to the plucky little handheld soon.

A LinkedIn page seems to suggest that EA has been targetting Switch as a platform for Frostbite over the past few years – you can read more about that below.

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YouTuber Doctre81 discovered a post on an EA software engineer’s LinkedIn page that specifically outlines that software engineers at the developer and publisher have been engineering software development pipelines for the Xbox One, PS4, PC and – importantly – for the Nintendo Switch.

Though the staffer’s name isn’t revealed, a brief look at Doctre81’s video shows that the source pretty much checks out.

This counteracts what we’ve heard from EA staff previously. In 2017, FIFA’s Andrei Lazaresu explained that FIFA used a Switch-specific engine for FIFA because the team was reluctant to scale back the Frostbite engine for the game at the time.

“We intentionally chose to do a custom engine because we felt that rather and try and get Frostbite running and end up having to downsize things and making it just a smaller, lower-quality version of the PS4 and Xbox One versions, we wanted this to be a FIFA that stands on its own two feet.”

It seems that in the time since FIFA 17 released on Switch, EA has made progress on making a Switch-friendly version of the game.

But what does that mean for Switch owners?

Basically, if EA is capable of running Frostbite games on Switch, it means there’s going to be more choice on the store for you – the player. 

Games like Battlefield: Bad Company, Army of Two, Battlefield 4, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Mirror’s Edge, Star Wars Battlefront, Need for Speed Rivals, Medal of Honor Warfighter, Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare and many, many more besides are all built on this tech. 

So if we see the Switch able to run Frostbite, it stands to reason we could see these games – or downscaled versions of them, at least – make their way to the plucky lil’ handheld.

We’ll keep you updated as more information presents itself.



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