Earlier this week the first gameplay footage from the Nintendo Switch version of FIFA 18 was released, via a Twitch stream direct from Gamescom 2017.
And it looked fantastic. Obviously not quite on par with the console version which uses the Frostbite Engine, but it still looked tremendous for a game that's coming out on Nintendo's portable video game console.
We wouldn't even be all that surprised if PES 2018 becomes the third football game of choice, sitting behind the dominant FIFA 18 console release and this impressive portable option for Nintendo's continually growing player base.
EA has said from the start that FIFA 18 has been “built from the ground up” for the Switch, and earlier this year a representative for the company told Polygon that the Switch version uses a custom engine — not EA Sports Ignite which is used on the PS4 and Xbox One.
However, some more details were revealed at Gamescom that's more bad news for Konami and PES and excellent news for prospective FIFA 18 Switch buyers.
The game’s supervising producer, Andrei Lazarescu, told website Nintendo Everything in an interview at this year’s Gamescom event that FIFA 18 on the Nintendo Switch will run at 1080p / 60FPS in docked mode and 720p / 60FPS in handheld mode.
“We spent a lot of time actually understanding what the console is”, the producer said.
"In dock, what we're seeing right now, for example, is 1080p run running at 60 frames per second.
"We spent a lot of time making sure that transition happens seamlessly and you still get 60 frames per second.
On Nintendo Switch, FIFA will include FIFA Ultimate Team and the new Icons mode.