Now the Nintendo Switch is a proven success after being on the market for nearly two years, more companies are open to the idea of porting bigger and better games to the system. Third-party industry giant EA looks as if it might also be upping its game.
According to NintendoSoup, a Youtuber by the name of Doctre81 has made an interesting discovery on an EA Software Engineer’s LinkedIn webpage. The profile – not publicly revealed – shows how the individual has been working on bringing existing software development kits to the Nintendo Switch. EA’s Frostbite engine is not directly referenced, but the user goes on to state how they have worked on SDKs that have previously been used in Battlefield V and Anthem.
FIFA games on Switch are currently running on a custom-made engine. If this profile page is accurate, it suggests EA could be bringing Frostbite engine support to the Switch and games such as FIFA on the system would utilise the same engine as the Xbox One and PS4 counterparts. There’s also speculation this could result in other Frostbite games on the Nintendo hybrid platform in the future.
In 2017, EA’s FIFA lead Andrei Lazaresu said the team opted with a custom-made engine on the Switch as it didn’t want the new FIFA game at the time to run on a lower-quality version of the Frostbite engine:
“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.”
Perhaps EA has since worked out a way to get this engine up and running on the Switch with fewer compromises.
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