FIFA 18 release set to buck major Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PS4 games trend

There’s lingering hope that titles such as Star Wars Battlefront 2 and Call of Duty WW2 will eventually be announced for Nintendo Switch.

However, there’s currently only a handful of major games that are confirmed for all three consoles, with FIFA 18 proving to be one of the biggest.

New FIFA 18 release news is set to launch next month, during the EA Play event.

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EA Play tickets go on sale in April and will include a host of new titles that will be playable on the show floor.

EA have confirmed that this will include FIFA 18, as well as other titles that have yet to be formally unveiled.

“From June 10 – 12, players joining us in Hollywood will get hands on with the next Star Wars Battlefront and Need for Speed experiences,” an EA statement reveals.

“You’ll also get your first chance to play many of our upcoming EA SPORTS titles: Madden NFL 18, FIFA 18 and NBA LIVE 18. This isn’t all, by the way…and we’ll have more to share in the coming months.”

“Beyond the hands-on experience in Hollywood, we have an extensive content program for our players joining us online. 

“Throughout the three-day event we will be providing you with detailed gameplay deep dives, competitive events and exclusive interviews with the development teams. 

And while it looks like titles such as Destiny 2 are skipping the Switch, FIFA 18 remains one of the top franchises confirmed for the new console, outside of the Nintendo brand.

The development team announced plans to release FIFA on Nintendo Switch earlier this year, but fans were unsure whether it would be FIFA 17 or FIFA 18.

EA’s Peter Moore confirmed the news, telling Gamereactor UK that the new FIFA would be custom-built for Nintendo’s console.

“Well, as we have said, we are custom-building a FIFA version for the Nintendo Switch,” he revealed. 

“It will be FIFA 18, and it will obviously be later this year when FIFA 18 comes out.”

Clarifying his comments, he added: “What you have will be a custom built version for the Nintendo Switch from the FIFA development team in Vancouver.”

It’s not clear, however, if this will be based on the PS3 or Xbox 360 versions, as previously rumoured.

Regardless of what version it turns out to be, it’s an important step for the new console and the gaming scene as a whole.

More franchises will need to think about doing something similar in the future, if they want to grow their most popular titles.

The Nintendo Switch continues to sell well but will need some kind of stable third-party support to continue that trend in the future.

Custom versions of titles will be needed and could also help keep certain games viable as the competition remains fierce in categories like first-person shooters.

And having seen a host of new and exciting games sale by, only being confirmed for PS4 and Xbox One, Nintendo fans will be relieved to see what kind of extra functionality can be squeezed out of FIFA 18.

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