I'm still in shock that Unravel 2 is coming to Switch. Everyone thought the game was a perfect fit for the platform when it was first announced. The dev team said they'd like to do it, but it would have to be greenlit by EA, and a lot of work would have to be done. Just getting EA to give the go-ahead alone seemed like a deal-breaker, but here we are! Can't wait to give this one a go.
Our friend Doctre81, the king of LinkedIn profile sleuthing, has come up with another interesting tidbit about a profile that's been hotly-discussed by Nintendo fans for a few weeks now. Let's take things back to the beginning to make sense of this all.
Everything started with a LinkedIn profile for an EA software engineer. That profile stated that he was working on bringing existing SDKs to Switch. At that point in time, the engineer had listed that he worked on SDKs for both Battlefield V and Anthem. With those games utilizing the Frostbite engine, many believed it meant the Switch was getting Frostbite engine support.
Shortly after that, the engineer removed the specific mention of the Switch from his LinkedIn profile. Obviously that lead fans to wonder what was up with the mention in the first place, but the trail kind of went cold soon after. That brings is up to today, which gives us even more interesting news.
That same LinkedIn profile has been updated yet again. This time we see that the engineer also worked on Apex Legends, which doesn't use Frostbite. Obviously, all this leads to speculation that the original Switch reference was in relation to Apex Legends, and the conversation went towards Frostbite engine support weeks back because none of us knew Apex Legends was a thing!
Could the game be heading to Switch? A Respawn team member said they'd love to bring Apex Legends to Switch, but it wasn't something they could currently talk about. Evidence is certainly mounting that a port could happen, and perhaps with all the Nintendo Direct rumors, this could be one of those reveals. Stranger things have certainly happened, and this would be a lovely end to all this LinkedIn profile hunting. We'll just have to hang tight and cross our fingers!
Soccer star Emiliano Sala will be removed from FIFA following his tragic passing. Sala passed away earlier this year in a plane crash. Making the situation even sadder, Sala was taking that flight in order to sign a deal with the Premier League team Cardiff City. You can see what EA had to say on the matter below.
It is with great sorrow that we learn the disappearance of Emiliano Sala. To respectfully honor his story, we will implement the following changes:
Sala will be removed from the FC Nantes team in FIFA.
Sala's FUT cards will no longer be available in the packages.
The price of Sala cards on FUT will remain permanently at the current price.
"We again are sending our serious sincerest sympathies to his family, to Cardiff City to Nantes and to all his fans.
EA has removed Cristiano Ronaldo from the cover of FIFA 19, and replaced him with the trifecta of Neymar Jr, Kevin De Bruyne, and Paulo Dybala. It was not explained as to why Ronaldo was removed from the cover, but it's likely tied to recent sexual assault allegations.
Wondering what the biggest-selling game was in Europe for all of 2018? EA has let the news out during their Q3 financial report. According to their data, FIFA 19 sold more than any other game that launched last year. It's not all that surprising, considering just how huge the sport is in Europe.
EA has brought two FIFA titles to Switch and that's it. Some might think the publisher doesn't really want anything to do with Switch, but a LinkedIn profile for an EA employee might show differently.
The LinkedIn profile in question is for an EA software engineer, and it shows he's working on bringing existing SDKs to Switch. While Frostbite isn't mentioned, the developer does say that he's worked on SDKs that have been used in both Battlefield V and Anthem. Both of those games utilize the Frostbite engine.
EA has already made their own engine for FIFA on Switch, which they talked up quite a bit. To see them move Frostbite over for another installment of FIFA doesn't make too much sense, but it could happen. Hopefully if Frostbite is coming over and being used for FIFA, it will at least pave the way for other games as well.
As goes the story with EA and Nintendo fans, we have another example of too little, too late. A few days back, we posted about EA's in-game promotion for FIFA 19 that advertised 'Futmas' content that doesn't appear in the Switch version. Fans were left confused as to how this advertisement was shown in the Switch version when EA never intended to release the content. Even Nintendo themselves promoted the campaign on Twitter, as they clearly believed the content to be included in the game. EA has finally responded to the issue, and gave a very straightforward and lackluster response.
"It looks as though the messaging that was showing on your [Switch] console wasn't intended. We're now working to have it removed (if it wasn't already). There won't be Advent Player SBCs on Nintendo Switch. I know this isn't the news you wanted but wanted to let you know as soon as possible."
Why it took EA so long to simply state that it was a mistake is beyond me. It's almost like Nintendo fans are an afterthought...
EA and Nintendo want you to know that it's FUTmas time in FIFA 19! Time to get in on some exclusive content and rewards! Too bad the Switch version of FIFA 19 doesn't offer this content.
I don't know how this happened, but both EA and Nintendo are promoting FUTmas content in FIFA 19 on Switch, yet that content isn't available on Switch. In particular, Square Building Challenges aren't included, and Futmas cards aren't a part of FIFA 19 Switch at all. As of right now, Nintendo still has a tweet up promoting the non-existent content, and EA hasn't replied to complaints.