It’s been common knowledge for a good while now that the Nintendo Switch version of FIFA 18 won’t have the game’s The Journey mode on it, owing to the console being smaller. However, even without The Journey, the game will have its own exclusive mode in the form of Local Seasons.
Local Seasons, according to EA Sports, is a mode that will allow players that have the games on their consoles to be able to play against one another, even if they’re not connected over the internet. This even extends to 2 on 2 matches, so you can play with three other friends without having to worry about connecting to one another’s consoles.
The Local Seasons mode will be taking the place of the FIFA 18 “The Journey” mode on the Nintendo Switch version of FIFA 18, meaning that players won’t be able to experience the beautiful cutscenes in the Frostbite engine that FIFA 18 and FIFA 17 have made the jump to in recent years. We also won’t be able to do Alex Hunter’s story, but that’s something, at least.
Players on the Nintendo Switch will still be able to access the game’s Career Mode, but if you want to continue the story of Alex Hunter, you’ll have to buy the game on another console, rather than on the Nintendo Switch.
Hopefully, with the work that EA Sports is putting into the Nintendo Switch version of FIFA 18, the studio will remove the stigma of third-party games coming to the Switch being an afterthought or more a testing area and instead make them be looked on more as an actual way to put more games on the Switch.
FIFA 18 will be coming out on September 29 of this year for the Xbox One, Playstation 4, PC, and Nintendo Switch, so you can buy it on whatever platform you choose.