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Survey for EA'S "Project Atlas" cloud gaming service asks users if they want Switch support

Heading to Switch?

EA is currently working on their Project Atlas could gaming service, and a few people have gotten in to check out how things work. Those people also get to take a survey about their experience, which also asks about where you'd like to see Project Atlas end up. In that part of the survey, the Switch is specifically mentioned as a supported platform.

I guess it's good to see EA at least considering Switch support as an option. Let's hope they're moving ahead on the idea, rather than just gauging interest.

Thanks to our anonymous source for the info.

Switch eShop preloads in Japan for Sept. 18th, 2019 (file size, price, language info)

Another 4 up for grabs

Four more titles are up for preload on the Switch eShop in Japan as of today. Check out the rundown of what's up for grabs below.

FIFA 20 Legacy Edition

- ¥5,500
- 12.3 GB
- supports English

MotoGP 19

- ¥7,182
- 6.2 GB

MISTOVER

- 2,916
- 791 MB
- supports English

Trüberbrook

- ¥3,500
- 4.8 GB
- supports English

EA reveals the top 100 FIFA 20 player ratings

I have no idea what I'm talking about

Do you consider yourself a Soccer aficionado? Think you know who deserves to be in the cream of the crop for FIFA 20? Well today's your day, as you get to measure up your top pics with EA's official player ratings for FIFA 20. You can see the top 10 above, but click here for the full 100.

EA breaks down what will be included in FIFA 20 Legacy Edition on Switch

EA Sports...it's not in the game

EA has finally provided a FAQ that details what will/won't be in FIFA 20 Legacy Edition on Switch. As you might expect, it's pretty much the exact same game as last year, just with some roster tweaks. Check out the full details below.

The EA SPORTS™ FIFA 20 Legacy Edition launches September 27th on Nintendo Switch™ featuring the latest kits, clubs, and squads from some of top leagues around the world. It will also feature some of the world’s most famous stadiums, including a number brand new to FIFA 20.

In the FIFA 20 Legacy Edition you’ll be able to experience the authenticity and atmosphere of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, and play modes including FIFA Ultimate Team™, Kick Off, Career Mode, Licensed and Custom Tournaments, Women’s International Cup, Skill Games, Online Seasons, Online Friendlies, and Local Seasons.

Learn what’s included in the FIFA 20 Legacy Edition in the FAQ below.

What is the FIFA 20 Legacy Edition?

The FIFA 20 Legacy Edition features updated presentation (in-game menus and broadcast overlays), the latest kits and squad updates for the upcoming season, but no new game modes or gameplay innovations.

What modes are available in the FIFA 20 Legacy Edition?

You’ll be able to play Kick Off, Career Mode, Tournaments – Licensed and Custom, including the UEFA Champions League, Women’s International Cup, Skill Games, Online Seasons, Online Friendlies, and Local Seasons with the same features from FIFA 19. FIFA Ultimate Team will also be included in the Legacy Edition.

Does gameplay in the FIFA 20 Legacy Edition vary from FIFA 19 on Nintendo Switch?

The FIFA 20 Legacy Edition will feature the same gameplay innovation from FIFA 19 without any new development or significant enhancements.

Can I play FIFA Ultimate Team in the FIFA 20 Legacy Edition?

Yes, you’ll be able to play FIFA Ultimate Team, featuring Manager Tasks, Single Player & Online Seasons, Single Player & Online Tournaments, Single Player & Online Draft, Online Singles Matches, Online Friendly Seasons, Team of the Week Challenges and Squad Building Challenges.

Can I play online?

Yes, you’ll be able to play Online Seasons, Online Friendlies, and various FIFA Ultimate Team modes online.

Will FIFA Ultimate Team feature special player items in the FIFA 20 Legacy Edition?

Yes, certain special items in FIFA Ultimate Team will be supported in the FIFA 20 Legacy Edition.

Will there be live updates to kick-off squads throughout the season in the FIFA 20 Legacy Edition?

Yes, the FIFA 20 Legacy Edition will feature live updates to kick-off squads throughout the season.

Will EA SPORTS VOLTA Football be included in the FIFA 20 Legacy Edition?

No, VOLTA Football is only available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Does the UEFA Champions League feature in the FIFA 20 Legacy Edition?

Yes, you will still be able to experience the authenticity & atmosphere of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League.

Can I play on the go?

Yes, you can play in Docked, Handheld, and Tabletop modes, as well as via Local Multiplayer Connection.

Can I use Split Joy-Con?

Yes, FIFA 20 Legacy Edition includes support for Joy-Con in Handheld, Dual, and Single mode, in addition to support for Pro Controller configuration.

How can I pre-order the FIFA 20 Legacy Edition on Nintendo Switch?

You can pre-order the FIFA 20 Legacy Edition on Nintendo Switch via your preferred retailer, both digitally and in-store.

How much will the FIFA 20 Legacy Edition cost?

Pricing varies by country, however, Legacy Editions are generally sold at a lower price.

EA says they're "absolutely" looking into bringing more games to Switch

Sure you are, EA

EA's output on Switch, at least in terms of quantity, has been lackluster at best. One of the biggest publishers in the world, yet they ignore the hottest console out there. Is anything going to change? Game Informer asked EA's chief studios officer Laura Miele, who responded with a glimmer of hope.

“Yes. We invested with FIFA. We had good success there. I love that we have such a great global reach and global presence on that platform with that game. We are absolutely looking at more Switch games in our portfolio, so more to come on that. We’re not going to announce anything as of yet. But it is absolutely a platform we’re looking at for some of our more successful games.”

RUMOR: Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville coming to Switch

Seems like a good fit

EA suffered a leak earlier today in the form of the debut trailer for Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville. We know that an alpha test for the game was held recently, which was on Xbox One and PS4. That test is what paved the way for the trailer leak. The person behind the leak says that the game will also make its way to Switch, even though the alpha didn't appear on the platform. We'll just have to wait for official word from EA before we can mark this one confirmed.

EA offers an explanation as to why they don't support Switch

This statement just confuses me

EA has offered a new explanation as to why they don't really offer much support for the Switch, and it's a bit of a head-scratcher.

During a conference call for EA's first quarter earnings, EA CEO Andrew Wilson mentioned why the company has shied away from creating more titles for Switch.

“Any time we’re evaluating platform conversations we’re 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 and 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."

This whole conversation came up when an analyst suggested that The Sims might be a franchise suited to the Switch. Wilson had a bit to say about that as well.

“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 [to other platforms]. We did a promotion in the last couple of months and brought in seven 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 customisation.”

FIFA 20 cover stars revealed

You're covered

EA has revealed the cover starts for FIFA 20, with Eden Hazard on the standard cover, and Virgil van Dijk on the Champions Edition. As you probably know, the Switch version of FIFA 20 is going to be a 'Legacy' edition, so who knows who we'll get on the cover. Probably the same guy who was on there last year!

UK Gambling Commission says FIFA Ultimate Team Packs/Loot Boxes aren't gambling

You win this round, EA

A few weeks back, EA was involved in a discussion with the UK Gambling Commission to decide whether or not FIFA's Ultimate Team Packs and Loot Boxes were gambling. After some deliberation, the commission has decided that they should not be qualified as such, at least when it pertains to current legislation wording. UK Gambling Commission chief executive Neil McCarthur had this to say.

"There are other examples of things that look and feel like gambling that legislation tells you are not—[such as] some prize competitions but because they have free play or free entry they are not gambling, but they are a lot like a lottery."

There's no doubt EA is happy with the ruling, but it's likely most fans will be feeling the opposite way.

Parents find out their kids spent over $680 purchasing content in FIFA 19 on Switch in just 3 weeks

Quite ethical and quite fun

Those damn surprise mechanics!

A Mom and Dad in the UK were shocked to see that they had a nearly £550 bill from Nintendo Europe after just three weeks, and they couldn't understand why. What on earth could have caused such an astronomical charge in such a short amount of time? Turns out the kids were to blame, as was their interest in FIFA 19's microtransactions.

The pair's children had gone nuts purchasing packs from FIFA 19, which cost about £8 a pop. The kids just keep spending and spending to get players, which lead to the £550 bill. The best part of it all is that the kids never got Lionel Messi, the player they were hoping to get above all others.

At least the story has a happy ending for the parents. Nintendo has refunded all the charges, and all purchased packs have been removed from the game. The parents also admit that they didn't go through the steps of setting up a unique pin to block charges without confirmation from one of them. A lesson learned the hard way...at least, for a little while.

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