The lights are on
Wii U owners won't be playing games from EA's upcoming
portfolio anytime soon, as a spokesman has revealed the company currently isn't
working on any projects for Nintendo's console.
"We have no games in
development for the Wii U currently," EA's Jeff Brown told
Kotaku. The news comes after recent announcements that both Battlefield
4 and Madden
25 will be skipping Nintendo's system, and while Kotaku states that Brown
didn't rule out the possibility of EA developing more Wii U titles in the
future, it's hard not to interpret this as a bad sign for Nintendo.
Earlier this month, EA
announced that it laid off 10 percent of its workforce, and was
reorganizing the company "behind
priorities in new technologies and mobile." At the same time, EA
signed a deal with Disney that gives the company exclusive publishing rights
for Star Wars games, and announced a new Los
Angeles-based DICE studio that will be working with the juggernaut IP.
Could Wii U development simply be another casualty of EA's shifting focus?
EA promised continued
Wii U support after last year's E3, and released a special
edition of Mass Effect 3 for the system, but not the more-recent
DLC. EA also released a Wii U version of Need for Speed: Most Wanted in March with some
exclusive features. Now it appears EA has no desire to bring the rest of
its current-gen titles to the Wii U, and we can't imagine the company's
next-gen titles will be any easier to port to the console based on the horsepower we expect the PS4 and next Xbox to offer developers. Recently, EA DICE's technical director confirmed on Twitter that Frostbite 3 is not currently running on the Wii U.
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I am not surprised by this. Could be a couple of reasons for this, though. Either EA has a grudge against Nintendo for the Origin on WiiU issue, or the past EA games have just not been profitable. I imagine it's a combination of both.
"In this corner we have Nintendo fanboys who 'don't need no damn EA!'; and in this corner we have the anti Ninty crowd who gets to enjoy all the cool EA games... or Ninty people not-enjoying them."
Who needs EA when we have new Super Smash ;)