EA President Says Nintendo Allowed More Third-Party Involvement With The Development Of The SWITCH

EA President Says Nintendo Allowed More Third-Party Involvement With The Development Of The SWITCH

Electronic Arts Executive Vice President Patrick Söderlund says Nintendo involved his company in the development of the Switch and says they also brought in Activision during the early stages.

Following the Nintendo Switch 2017 presentation last week, Famitsu caught up with EA's Patrick Söderlund, who provided the following comments on the company's upcoming console.

"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."

 That's definitely a far cry from Nintendo's usual isolationist approach to third-part studios and developers.  it seems the failure of the Wii U and its lack of third-part support has taught the industry patriarch that they can't survive making games in an confined vaccuum.

Söderlund was in attendance at the Switch press conference to give a presentation on FIFA 17, one of theSwitch's confirmed titles. The full list includes:

Nintendo Switch launch games
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo, March 3rd)
  • 1-2-Switch (Nintendo, March 3rd)
  • Just Dance 2017 (Ubisoft, March 3rd)
  • Skylanders Imaginators (Activision, March 3rd)
  • Super Bomberman R (Konami, March 3rd)
  • Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ (Nicalis, March 3rd in the US)
  • I Am Satsuna (Square Enix, March 3rd)
First-party Nintendo games releasing after launch
  • Snipperclips - Cut it out, together! (March 2017)
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (April 28)
  • ARMS (Spring 2017)
  • Splatoon 2 (Summer 2017)
  • Fire Emblem Warriors (autumn 2017)
  • Pokémon Stars (late 2017)
  • Super Mario Odyssey (holiday 2017)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (TBC)
  • New Fire Emblem (2018)
Third-party Nintendo Switch games confirmed for 2017
  • Fast RMX (Shin'en, March 2017)
  • Has Been Heroes (Frozenbyte, March 2017)
  • Rime (Tequila Works, May 2017)
  • Disgaea 5 Complete (NIS America, Spring 2017)
  • LEGO City Undercover (Warner Bros, Spring 2017)
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris (SEGA, Spring 2017)
  • Sonic Mania (SEGA, Spring 2017)
  • Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda, late 2017)
  • FIFA 17 (2017)
  • NBA 2K18 (2K, September 2017)
  • Project Sonic 2017 (SEGA, late 2017)
  • Shovel Knight (Yacht Club Games, 2017)
  • Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap (DotEmu, 2017)
  • Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom (FDG Entertainment, 2017)
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