FIFA 18 on Switch doesn’t run on Frostbite, missing story mode

EA has announced that Cristiano Ronaldo will be the cover star for the upcoming FIFA 18. It will be released on September 29, 2017 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 systems. That is EA’s ordering and grouping of systems.

We say this because despite being called FIFA 18 it seems the Switch version of the game will be missing at least one mode, and¬†it won’t be running on the Frostbite engine.

At the end of the trailer for the game it has the following “small-text” at the end;

Frostbite game engine technology and the Journey: Hunter Returns mode are available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC platform versions only. Not all features available on all platforms.

This at the very least means the Switch version of the game is not only running on the old engine, but it’s missing the story mode. We‚Äôre also not sure if the Switch will get the ‚Äėicon‚Äô version of the game or just the regular one.

What else will be missing from the game when it launches on the Switch? FIFA Ultimate Team perhaps? We’ll endeavour to find out but for now, chalk us up as disappointed.

Update: Hidden in the code of the FIFA Ultimate Team page is this reference to the FIFA Companion app.

Sorry, the Nintendo Switch is not supported in the FIFA 18 Companion App. Change to another platform by using the Persona Selector above.

If the Switch isn’t supported in the FIFA 18 Companion App, then it might not have Fifa Ultimate Team either.

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  • OzHuski
    June 6, 2017 at 3:20 am

    Great start to getting shit sales EA! Seems old EA is back in great form on Nintendo hardware.

  • Amonezsky
    June 6, 2017 at 5:52 am

    And they going to complain about crappy sales on the Switch. What is their shitty problem.

  • Oliver Phommavanh
    June 6, 2017 at 7:01 am

    This is very disappointing, both story mode and ultimate team have been tentpoles in recent fifas and this is just a kick in the guts. I fear this is the 360/ps3 port that nobody wanted which will lead to bad sales and EA will wonder why it tanked…it’s 2012 all over again

  • Col
    June 6, 2017 at 7:14 am

    If this Switch build fails, I just hope Switch crushes the competition letting all supporting devs flourish while EA sits in the dust in shame.
    Switch still has its multi wireless play trump card. Ppl having ultimate match ups anywhere at anytime could be great, but i don’t follow these Soccer games

  • Phantom Ganon
    June 6, 2017 at 7:26 am

    If anyone wanted any proof that EA continue to hate working with Nintendo ever since Trip Hawkins and the NES days, here it is. I still want a good football game though and the Ignite version of FIFA isn’t necessarily bad.

  • Star fox adventures
    June 6, 2017 at 10:33 am

    I’m still going to buy it anything I play though story mode on Xbox one its pretty out of place for a soccer game lol ea sports it in the game

  • Byron Bystander
    June 6, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    After fearing that this would happen again with past systems having previously gotten the same treatment of being given a lesser-grade FIFA and even though it is super annoying, I’ll still prob end up buying it anyway haha…. and that’s probably what they’ve worked out with a lot of us ūüėõ

  • Aaaaa
    June 6, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Just don’t acknowledge EA or Ubisoft, it always has been and always will be the same story with them, money grabbing for shitty unfinished products.

  • It's In The Game?
    June 6, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Konami were surprised by the sales of Bomberman R so maybe Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 will run onto the Switch pitch.

    If so then you can keep your half-arsed bare-bones port, EA. If I can live without your games on my PC (I refuse to install Origin just for your walled-off garden) and I can certainly make do without them on the Nintendo Switch.

  • DeFiNiTi0N
    June 7, 2017 at 10:03 am

    I can understand the Frostbite limitation. But leaving Story Mode out is beyond shameless.

    Go away EA; nobody likes you.

  • Nicholas
    June 7, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Are we even sure that this isn’t just a re-re-release of Fifa 12 again? Did they ever stop re-releasing Fifa 12 on Nintendo systems?

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