EA’s CEO Andrew Wilson explains the process of selection when they look into bringing a title over to a new platform along with why they haven’t been supporting the Nintendo Switch as much as some would like them to.
During the EA quarterly conference call, Andrew Wilson was asked about whether or not we would see the Sim 4 on the Switch, in which he stated that they aren’t ruling it out followed by an explanation of the process of deciding whether or not they should port games to a platform.
Any time we’re evaluating platform conversations, we are really looking at a couple of things. One, does the game really fit the profile of that platform in terms of the control or the community ecosystem? Two, do we think the community playing on that platform would appreciate the game to go there? Or would they prefer to play it somewhere else?
We have a lot of data that would suggest a great many Switch owners also own a PlayStation 4 or an Xbox One or a PC and very often choose to play the games that we make on those platforms even though they have a Switch and they enjoy a lot of great content on the Switch. And so there’s always an evaluation process that goes on a case-by-case basis. And I wouldn’t say that The Sims would never go to the Switch, but I think we’re doing really, really well attracting Sims players. As we said, we did the promotion in the last couple of months and brought in 7 million new Sims players that we expect will engage in that community on a platform that is really tailored to user-generated content, creativity and customization.
EA has, for some time, since the launch of the Switch given the console some support, such as FIFA and a few other titles, though a large chunk of their franchises are as of yet aren’t available on the Switch. Whether you’re a fan of EA or not, it could be viewed as a positive or negative. Personally, I would be down for some of EA’s older titles to be ported over versus the new stuff. Although Apex Legends would be pretty awesome to play in the Switch, though that could possibly come with the mobile version that’s mentioned to release fiscal year 2021.
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