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EA says FIFA 20 Legacy Edition will have a 'fresh new look' without any of the big, new features

Thanks, EA

EA announced FIFA 20 yesterday, followed by a one-line blurb about FIFA 20 Legacy Edition coming to Switch. We all knew that meant a watered-down, barely updated experience as soon as the press release came out. Today, FIFA 20 executive producer Aaron McHardy talked a bit more about the Switch version in a Eurogamer interview.

"You're gonna get a fresh new look in Switch, with kits and player lists and all of that, but you're not going to be getting Volta or any of the big new features."

Two years after putting in at least some effort with the Switch version of FIFA, EA appears to be throwing in the towel. That's it for FIFA parity moving forward, right?

"I wouldn't say it's the end [of parity], necessarily for Switch, we don't know what the future holds. We're always trying to build Switch to the device, and make it the best we can with the power that's on that device that was given to us, and I think that philosophy will stay true. Where it goes in the future, we don't know."

EA announces FIFA 20 Legacy Edition for Switch

Unprecedented treatment

Good news! EA has confirmed that FIFA 20 is coming to the Switch. Bad news! EA has stated that the Switch version of FIFA 20 is going to be a 'Legacy Edition,' which EA didn't even bother to explain. They made the announcement via a single line at the very end of their FIFA 20 press release. While we don't have confirmation on this, it seems obvious that the 'Legacy Edition' of FIFA 20 will be nothing more than a roster update.

Thanks to Mereel for the heads up!

Amazon placeholder listing shows FIFA 20 as heading to Switch

Unprecedented Switch support

While not officially confirmed at this point, Amazon believes FIFA 20 is coming to the Switch. They've posted up a placeholder listing for the game on Switch, and it's likely a confirmation will come in soon. We'll be sure to bring you that info if/when it becomes available.

EA once again accidentally advertises content in FIFA 19 on Switch that isn't available on the platform

Better luck next year

How does this happen a second time?! EA made this same mistake with the first FIFA game on Switch, and now they've done it again with FIFA 19. EA somehow advertised Ultimate Team content in the Switch version of FIFA 19, and that content is not going to be available on the platform. EA has since removed the offending ad, but the fact that this mistake happened a second time is pretty mind-boggling.

EA releasing "EA BEST HITS FIFA 19" for Switch in Japan

EA really wows with their Switch support

EA has revealed another Switch release...and it's a lower-priced version of a game they've already put out. EA will be releasing their EA BEST HITS FIFA 19 title in Japan on June 6th, 2019. This is exactly the same as the original release of FIFA 19, but it comes with new cover art and a lower price of ¥3,024.

FIFA 18/19 combine to bring in over 45 million unique players during the last fiscal year

Gamers lover Soccer

During EA's full-year fiscal briefing, the company talked a bit about FIFA 18 and 19. Check out the latest stats on those games below.

- FIFA 18/19 drew 45 million unique players on PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One during fiscal year 2019
- FIFA Ultimate Team matches increased 15% year-over-year
- FIFA 19 was the best-selling console game in Europe in 2018

EA Community Manager says the Switch is "amazing," but they have no plans to bring Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order to the platform

It's treason, then...

EA's output on the Switch has been downright abysmal. The company pledged support, which has been extremely limited at best. Instead of hearing about EA titles coming to Switch, we more often hear about what ones aren't making the jump. The latest on that list is Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

EA Community Manager Jay Ingram was asked about Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order potentially releasing on the Switch, and unfortunately, the answer wasn't good. Mr. Ingram made a point to say that the Switch is amazing, but followed up by saying there are 'no such plans' to bring the game over.

German retailer lists FIFA 20 for Switch

Shocking!

In the least shocking news ever, it looks like FIFA 20 is going to see release on Switch. We've already gotten two installments of the FIFA series on Switch, and some say they're getting better with each year. Perhaps FIFA 20 will be the fully fleshed-out experience that people want on Switch. We'll just have to hang tight and cross our fingers for that to be the case.

EA Announces New Publishing Agreement with Velan Studios, Team-Based Action Game Coming to Switch

Yes, you read that right. EA!

Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) and Velan Studios, an independent game developer dedicated to creating new play experiences, announced that EA Partners will publish Velan’s first original IP for consoles, PC and mobile. In addition to introducing a unique game world, the title will pioneer an entirely new and entertaining way to experience team-based action. To bring their vision to life, Velan Studios also announced that it will add 40 jobs, doubling its current development team by the end of the year.

Velan Studios was founded in 2016 by Guha and Karthik Bala, industry veterans who grew their first company - Vicarious Visions – from a basement startup to the forefront of AAA console development. The studio has already attracted world class talent whose credits include Guitar Hero, Skylanders, Rock Band, Super Mario Maker, Metroid Prime, Destiny and Uncharted, among others. They’re actively recruiting other seasoned developers to join the team.

“In EA Partners, we found a team devoted to bringing breakthrough ideas to players everywhere. They believe in our creative vision and will use their best-in-class resources to support the success of our game,” said Guha Bala, President and Co-Founder, Velan Studios. “We started Velan Studios to make community-centered play experiences that are daring and distinctive from what’s being played today. We can’t wait to share the details of our first original game in the future.”

“Exploring the boundaries of play with new technology and play patterns is what makes us tick,” said Karthik Bala, CEO and Co-Founder of Velan Studios. “Our plan was always simple: build an awesome team, find the magic in something new that the team was passionate about and then enable their success. We are looking forward to introducing their vision and evolving it along with players for many years to come.”

“Velan’s vision for this new game experience is very inspiring, and when we played it, we were immediately captured by how engaging and unexpectedly compelling it was,” said Rob Letts, General Manager of EA Partners and EA Originals. “Helping discover pioneering talent with ground-breaking games the world needs to play is what we’re here to do, and we look forward to partnering with Velan to deliver an experience that will push the boundaries of original IP and innovation to engage players in new ways.”

To date, Velan Studios has raised $7 million to provide the resources for its creative teams to invent, iterate, and arrive at game experiences that are new and unique. The studio is hiring seasoned industry talent to turn creative ideas into inspiring, impactful games. To learn more about Velan Studios and all current career opportunities, please visit www.velanstudios.com.

Unravel Two - Switch Vs. Xbox One comparison

Spinning a yarn

I didn't play Unravel Two on Xbox One or PS4, but I did play the original game. I thought the visuals Switch, while downgraded, were more than serviceable. Now we can get a look at just how the Switch version holds up via this head-to-head comparison.

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!