FIFA fans who like playing on Nintendo Switch will be in for a huge disappointment if they pick up a new copy of EA’s football game when it comes out later this year.
While it will say FIFA 20 on the box, you’ll just find a lightly updated version of FIFA 19 inside.
All the rosters and kits will be accurate for the 2020/21 season, but the underlying game will be exactly the same game they’ve been playing for the past 12 months.
“You’re gonna get a fresh new look in Switch, with kits and player lists and all of that,” FIFA executive producer Aaron McHardy told Eurogamer, when they asked him what Switch owners would get for shelling out for FIFA 20.
“But you’re not going to be getting Volta or any of the big new features,” he added.
Called a ‘Legacy Edition’, it’s something EA has been offering for some time on various platforms to try and make the game as widely available as possible.
These have generally been used for older platforms for players who haven’t upgraded to current-generation hardware but want accurate player rosters and the like.
Last year, for instance, the versions of FIFA 19 released for Xbox 360 and PS3 were legacy editions.
The FIFA series skipped several years on Wii U after disappointing sales, while the final Wii FIFA games were legacy editions.
FIFA on Switch hasn’t been identical to the versions found on PS4 and Xbox One, and have required their own development resources to create a lightly stripped-down version to take account of the Switch’s less powerful hardware.
The change from this to a Legacy Edition version is huge, though, as the Switch versions of FIFA 18 and 19 were notable upgrades on previous years’ offerings.
It’s not clear if this legacy edition will include any of the tactical or AI changes promised by EA for FIFA 20.
The new versions of FIFA were revealed at EA play in Los Angeles, headlined by a new Volta mode that’s reminiscent of the excellent FIFA Street games.
Sun Gaming will be at the show all week, so stay tuned for more news as it breaks.