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EA expresses uncertainty about Switch’s market appeal

Publisher EA has spoken cautiously about the prospects for Nintendo’s new Switch console.

We’re excited for Nintendo, it’s an interesting device,” EA CFO Blake Jorgensen said at a UBS technology conference, as reported by Gamasutra. But I can’t yet predict how broad it’s going to be, and [if people will] be interested in a portable device alongside their regular portable device that they have.”

Jorgensen did confirm, however, that EA will be supporting Switch.

In terms of Nintendo, in their announcement they announced that we’ll be supporting with a game or two on that new platform. We haven’t yet announced what game, but you should assume that it’s one of our bigger games we’ve been involved with.”

This is a fairly muted vote of confidence compared to EA’s initial support for the Wii U. It came out of the gates with ports of Mass Effect, Need for Speed, FIFA 13 and Madden NFL 13 but quickly withdrew from the platform when it became clear it was going to fall short of sales expectations.

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